Habitat Restoration Technician
The Cache Creek Conservancy (CCC) is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person to be our new Restoration Technician for restoration and conservation activities at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve and other sites in Yolo County. If you enjoy outdoor work and being part of a committed and dedicated team doing meaningful environmental work, please read the announcement and consider applying today.
The CCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1996. Its mission is to restore, protect, and enhance the Cache Creek environment and to educate about good watershed stewardship. The focus of the CCC’s work has been riparian restoration along the 14 miles of the Lower Cache Creek. The CCC also operates from and manages the Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature Preserve (CCNP). The CCC is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors and currently has a staff of five.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The CCC is looking for a hardworking, dedicated person with a strong interest in working on restoration projects in the Cache Creek watershed. This person will be assisting CCC staff with restoration efforts including irrigation installations, weed management, plant propagation, restoration plantings, and site maintenance on various sites, including the CCNP. Must be comfortable operating a large pickup pulling a trailer or a tractor. The Restoration Technician is an entry level-position that works under the direction of the Habitat Restoration Manager. The successful candidate brings a desire to build upon their skills and knowledge about restoration and site management.
Reporting to the Habitat Restoration Manager, the Restoration Technician will:
· Operate and maintain equipment such as hand and power tools, an ATV, mower, small tractor, string trimmer, chainsaw, and backpack sprayer.
· Assist with invasive plant species control, using all methods employed by CCC which may include, but may not be limited to herbicide application, mowing, weed whacking, and participating in controlled or cultural burns.
· Plant native plants on the CCNP property and at off-site locations.
· Install, maintain and relocate irrigation systems using portable pumps, water truck, or other forms of irrigation.
· Conduct plant surveys and plant monitoring.
· Conduct animal and bird surveys and monitoring.
· Assists with grounds keeping activities.
· Assists with landowner, contractor, or partner outreach.
· Assists with Creek Spray record keeping.
The Restoration Technician works in the field in a variety of outdoor weather conditions, sometimes inclement, and must be able to work on uneven terrain including rock hopping, ditch hopping. The Restoration Technician also must be able to walk up to 5 miles, bend, stoop, squat, twist, reach, work on irregular surfaces, and lift between 25-50 pounds.
Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license, Class C or higher, to carry out job-related duties.
This is a full-time hourly position, 30-40 hours per week, negotiable. Occasional weekend or evening work may be required. Compensation will be commensurate with applicable experience.
Hour rate range: $13.50-$17 per hour. Benefits include employer-paid health and dental plan, SIMPLE IRA, and cell phone stipend. Ten days paid vacation to start; 12 paid holidays, 3 days paid administrative leave.
Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Cache Creek Conservancy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2021. Applicants may be later asked to submit a driving record. The position is open until filled. If you would like additional information, please contact the email address above.
The Cache Creek Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.
This is an entry-level position. Any combination of experience and education that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to complete assigned tasks are acceptable, but preferably:
· Minimum qualifications: High School graduate or GRE. Significant progress toward or completion of Bachelor’s degree in Botany, Biology, Environment Science, or related field desirable.
· Training and experience with the safe operation of hand and power tools such as weed whackers, backpack sprayers, chainsaws, and shovels.
· Training and experience with the safe operation of equipment like heavy-duty trucks, landscape trailers, ATVs, small tractors, water pumps, and irrigation systems.
· Training and experience with landscape and vegetation management including planting and irrigation.
· Training and experience with wildland vegetation management including mowing, prescribed fire, and herbicide treatment.
· Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook desirable.
· Work well individually and as part of a team.
• Ability to lead a team in the field.
• Ability to handle seasonal weather in our area. Most activities take place outdoors.
• Ability to lift 50 LB and hike 1 to 5 miles over uneven terrain.