Habitat Restoration Technician 2

Website Institute for Applied Ecology

Job Title: Habitat Restoration Field Technician 2
Office Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Status: Regular, full-time
Compensation: $18.20-23.55/hr. depending on experience, plus benefits.

Application period: January 6, 2022 – January 31, 2022

The Institute for Applied Ecology (appliedeco.org) is hiring a full-time technician to assist in a variety of tasks associated with the maintenance of restoration sites in the Willamette Valley. This position is supported by grant funding.

The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) is a dynamic nonprofit organization whose mission is conservation of native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. The Habitat Restoration Program of IAE conducts ecological restoration in the Pacific Northwest through on-the-ground restoration, development of ecologically appropriate seed mixes, cultivation of partnerships that promote regional conservation, and the advancement of restoration science techniques.

As part of the Habitat Restoration team, the technician will enhance habitats that support rare plants (e.g., Nelson’s checkermallow and Willamette daisy) and wildlife (e.g., Fender’s blue butterfly and streaked horned lark) using a variety of restoration techniques (e.g., mowing, herbicide application, flame weeding planting and seeding). Job may include occasional overnight travel.

Studies have shown that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), women and other marginalized groups are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for the role.

IAE supports diversity and equity, and we encourage applications from all groups of people. We recognize that the strength of IAE is in our people, and we believe that every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment. IAE does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices, and our commitment to equal employment opportunity applies to every aspect of the employment relationship.

VACCINE REQUIREMENT: In compliance with federal guidelines, IAE has a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. All employees are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to employment. Employees may request exceptions and reasonable accommodations for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Any offer of employment will be contingent on complying with this policy.

• Implement habitat restoration activities developed by Restoration Ecologist
Identify and document invasive species
Apply herbicides
Remove invasive species using hand tools
Clear brush using motorized equipment such as weed-eaters and chainsaws
Operate an ATV and mechanical attachments such as a boom sprayer, mower, disc and seeder
Clean and maintain restoration equipment, power tools and storage areas
• Monitor restoration sites
Conduct site assessments, photo monitoring and written site descriptions
Enter and summarize data on a computer
• Collect, document and process seed from native plant species
• Maintain daily records of field work and computer-based herbicide application logs
• Coordinate with a variety of partners, including landowners
• Assist with site and project report writing
• Work in collaboration with contractors and provide project oversight and supervision of work     crews
• Create and manipulate maps using mapping software such as ArcGIS and Google Earth
• Use a GPS device and aerial photos to map project activities and invasive species and navigate to remote sites
• Lead and/or coordinate volunteer work parties and assist with public outreach events
• Possible overnight travel to complete work on project sites

• A positive attitude and good communication skills
• Interest in habitat restoration, botany, ecology and horticulture
• Plant identification skills (including common weeds)
• Valid driver’s license
• Ability to read maps and aerial photos (or enthusiastic willingness to learn)
• Attention to detail
• Ability to work long hours in hot and dry or cold and wet conditions with potential exposure to poison oak and stinging insects (wasps, bees)
• Ability to hike up to three miles carrying a 40-pound pack and work in a bent- over/kneeling/sitting position for long periods of time. Ability to lift 80 pounds.
• Have (or have the ability to obtain within three months) an Oregon commercial pesticide applicator’s license
• Proficiency in commonly used computer software such as Microsoft Office applications
• Extra consideration will be given to applicants with experience applying herbicides and/or operating and maintaining tractors and equipment

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, submit:
1. Letter of interest – In your letter of interest, state when you would be available to start work (this is a MUST), and state that we may contact references and past employers.
2. Resume
3. Names and contact information of two references.

Applications must be received by Monday, January 31, 2022. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Non-U.S. residents must also include a copy of their work visa. Applications will be considered upon receipt.

Email application materials to:
Andrew Esterson, Habitat Restoration Program Director

Questions? Contact Andrew Esterson, Habitat Restoration Program Director, at andrew@appliedeco.org

To apply for this job email your details to andrew@appliedeco.org