Restoration Technician: California

Soil Ecology and Restoration Group/SDSU
San Clemente Island, CA
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The Soil Ecology and Restoration Group (SERG) is a habitat restoration and research group within the biology department of San Diego State University and administered by the San Diego State University Research Foundation. The research emphasis of SERG is on ecosystem dynamics of southern California.

We seek a Restoration Technician for habitat restoration projects on San Clemente Island, a Naval installation on the southern-most of California’s Channel Islands. This position performs duties supporting all botanical projects including but not limited to: native plant seed collection and propagation, installation and monitoring of outplanting sites, mechanical and chemical weed control, fire monitoring, endangered, sensitive and endemic plant monitoring, GIS mapping, and maintenance of databases. This position requires extensive physical labor to conduct management activities, including working with pesticide around heavy equipment, hand weeding, digging, backpack pesticide application, bending and crouching to perform vegetation monitoring, and hauling heavy, awkward materials and equipment.

All work will be conducted on San Clemente Island, which is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy as a test and evaluation site, shore bombardment range, and warfare training grounds. The island is home to a large number of endemic and rare plant and animal species, with an extensive community of biologists, archaeologists, and researchers. Applicants should enjoy living as part of a small community and be able to maintain a professional, positive attitude at all times.
Position requirements:
● Bachelors degree in biology or related field and/or significant relevant experience
● Valid driver’s license, and ability to drive 4-wheel-drive-vehicles
● Valid California Qualified Applicator Certificate strongly preferred
● Familiarity with native plant propagation, rare plant monitoring, and/or exotic plant control methods
● Experience safely operating and maintaining mechanical equipment, hand tools, herbicide application equipment, and GPS units
● Experience performing strenuous labor with a high level of physical endurance under a variety of weather and work conditions
● Experience working in a remote field site
● Ability to repeatedly lift loads of up to 45 lbs throughout the work day and to safely navigate and work off-trail in steep, rocky, cactus-covered terrain
● Ability to clearly and accurately communicate with other staff, contractors, and military commands

Compensations: Salary will be $14.00/hour plus health benefits, vacation, and sick leave. Room and board will be provided while working on San Clemente Island. Work schedule will be 10 days on-island and 4 days off-island. Transportation to and from the island is provided by means of a twin engine 20-seater plane. Position starts with a 3-month probation period and will last one year with the possibility of extension.

To apply, compile your cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references in one .pdf document and email to:

Emma Havstad, Habitat Restoration Project Manager:
Julie Lambert, SERG Senior Project Manager:
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