Home Forum topic Rare Plant Reintroduction Open Position: Habitat Restoration Technician II at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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    The Restoration Technician II helps to lead habitat restoration projects through a range of field and office work. Typical job duties will include the installation and maintenance of restoration projects, including site preparation, seed collection, planting, weeding, and data collection; the coordination, leading, and management of volunteers, interns, and others in these activities; canvassing and working with local landowners and landscapers to remove invasive horticultural species and replace them with native plants; collection, entry, maintenance, and analysis of data; and assistance with report writing. This hourly position is full time. The Habitat Restoration Technician II reports to the Applied Ecologist.

    Essential Duties:
    Assist with project management, including communication with partners
    Lead the installation and maintenance of ecological restoration projects, including planting, weeding, and watering
    Conduct monitoring and mapping for native plant restoration projects, including identifying native and non-native plant species that occur in the vegetative communities of California
    Treat invasive plants using both manual methods (digging, pulling by hand or with tools, cutting, etc.) and herbicides (hand and/or backpack sprayers)
    Safely store, mix, and transport herbicides
    Lead the cleaning, maintenance, tracking, and organization of equipment;
    Collect unknown plant specimens using accepted protocols and techniques and identify them using dichotomous keys or herbarium collections
    Lead recruitment, coordination, and working with volunteer groups in seed collection, weeding, seed cleaning, and other activities
    Talk with landowners respectfully about landscaping, removing invasive species, and native gardening
    Collect, enter, and analyze survival, growth, cover, and other data
    Assist with report writing
    Provide outreach content, such as newsletter articles, social media posts, photographs, and more
    Develop and deliver engaging educational material
    Use Geographic Information System (GIS) software to compile and report spatial data

    Desired skills, knowledge, and experience:
    Ability to follow instructions, work in a team, and work independently as needed
    Ability to identify common native and invasive plant species of Southern and Central Coastal CA
    Experience in habitat restoration, landscape maintenance, nursery work, or equivalent fields
    Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate politely and effectively with landowners
    Strong organizational skills
    Project management experience
    Experience operating mechanical equipment, including augers, brush cutters, mowers, etc.
    Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) or Qualified Applicator License (QAL); and/or knowledge of safe herbicide application techniques preferred
    Experience operating 4×4 vehicles
    Experience and familiarity with Microsoft office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), ArcGIS, Collector, R, and the willingness to learn new software as necessary
    Willingness and ability to work cooperatively with peers at the Garden and other institutions

    Minimum qualifications and experience:
    Must have valid California Driver License and maintain an acceptable driving record
    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in biology, ecology, botany, environmental science, conservation biology, or closely related area and five years of related work experience OR
    Master’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in biology, ecology, botany, environmental science, conservation biology, or closely related area and two years of related work experience OR
    Ten or more years of relevant full-time experience

    Physical Requirements:
    Must be capable of occasional strenuous physical work including:

    Working long field days in up to 12 hours per day, including multi-day overnight camping trips
    Sitting for up to 2 hours at a time and using a computer for lengthy periods
    Standing/walking for extended periods of time
    Bending, squatting, walking stairs, and hiking rugged trails with uneven footing
    Safely lifting and carrying 40 lbs.
    Tolerance of an outdoor work environment. Exposure to indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, including temperature fluctuations, rain, dust, allergens, poison oak, insects, wild animals, and sun exposure



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