Conservation Operator: Texas

Memorial Park Conservancy
Houston, TX
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary plus full medical, dental and vision benefits, paid time off, short-term and long-term disability and 401k retirement plan
Last Date to Apply
Overview: Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring, preserving and enhancing Memorial Park for today and for generations to come. Memorial Park, Houston’s largest urban park, is nearly 1,500 acres and unique to Houston in terms of its role as both an urban wilderness and active recreation park. The Conservation Team is responsible for restoration and enhancement of Memorial Park’s natural environment as part of the overall execution of the Park’s long-range master plan and to deepen Memorial Park’s position as a leader in urban park management and ecological restoration.

Job Summary:
The Conservation Operator will be responsible for performing Memorial Park ecological restoration activities at the direction of the Conservation Manager and Conservation Supervisor. The Conservation Operator will operate equipment and perform work in the conversion, installation, and year-round operations & maintenance of the Park’s ecological restoration areas, including: upland forests; riparian forests; savannah; wet prairie/savannah; wetlands/ponds; native prairie.

Specific Duties Include:
• Operate heavy equipment (see list below) and trucks
• Perform a variety of manual tasks and activities
• Inventory and maintain tools, equipment, and supplies that are assigned.
• Maintain equipment that is used through regular maintenance activities, such as oil changes, blade sharpening, etc.
• Work collaboratively with conservation crew and operators, field staff, contractors, interns, and volunteers.

To Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter along with two references to
Minimum Requirements:
• Ability to work independently; highly motiviated
• Experience with ecological restoration techniques and operation of associated equipment. Specific equipment includes:
o Tractors
o Skid Steer
o Backhoe
o Chipper/Tub Grinder
o Chain Saw
o Tree Spade
• Valid Driver’s License – CDL preferred, but not required at this time.
• TDA Pesticide Applicator License preferred, but not required.

Abilities Required:
• Ability to perform heavy, physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions
• Ability to work a varied schedule with overtime including weekends, holidays, and evenings
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to lift 50 lbs.
• Sufficient strength and manual dexterity to operate power equipment
• Ability to stand, crouch, and climb to use ladders and perform various types of manual labor

Safety Requirements:
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations. Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities. Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways). If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
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Carolyn White
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