Goals and Worker Activities
A. 60% Natural Areas Management.
1. Herbaceous pest plant control by hand-pulling, cutting, and/or herbicide.
2. Tree and brush removal using clearing saws, chainsaws, mowers, and/or herbicide.
3. Firebreak improvement and construction for prescribed fire program.
4. Serve on Arboretum prescribed fire crew.
5. Assist with research projects being conducted on Arboretum lands.
6. While working throughout the natural areas, periodically serve as lead worker for student employees and/or volunteers.
B. 15% Horticultural Areas Management.
1. Specimen removal and planting. Including bare root, balled and burlapped stock.
2. Pest plant control within specimen beds by hand-pulling, spraying and mulching.
3. Pruning specimens (trees, shrubs, etc). Including renewal, dead wood and maintenance pruning.
4. Installation and removal of deer exclosure fencing around specimens.
C. 15% Grounds maintenance.
1. Mowing and trimming of Arboretum lawns.
2. Lawn maintenance and repairs.
3. Clean-up of woody debris and chipping.
4. Leaf mulching.
D. 10% Miscellaneous tasks.
1. Snow removal from roads, parking lots, bike paths, sidewalks, etc.
2. General maintenance and repair of infastructure such as fences, signs, roadsides, trails, service lanes, etc.
3. General maintenance and repair of various hand and power tools.
4. General maintenance and repair of various small engines, equipment, vehicles, etc.
5. Maintain daily record of work activities.
6. Provide support to other staff members when called upon.
7. Downed and/or hazardous tree removal from trails, service roads, fencelines, roads, etc.
8. Participate/provide input during staff meetings, committee meetings, etc.
9. Additional tasks as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of and/or experience working within fields of ecological restoration, natural resources management, botany, horticulture, or related field required.
Familiarity with and ability to operate and maintain 4WD trucks, UTVs, tractors with front-end loaders and various attachments, chainsaws, brush-clearing saws, leaf blowers and string trimmers, front-deck riding lawn mowers, various power and hand tools including pruning saw, hand pruner, lopper, electric and gas -powered pumper unit, backpack herbicide sprayer, sand/salt spreader, pump and water hose, drip torch, snow removal equipment, etc.
Ability to recognize hazards and provide for safety first at all times.
Working knowledge of region's native/exotic plant species desirable.
Working knowledge of common computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, Internet browsers, etc. desirable.
Working knowledge of hand-held GPS units, two-way radios, and digital cameras desirable.
Must be able to perform physical labor, often under adverse field conditions, for extended periods of time; including cold, hot, humid and rainy weather; uneven terrain; insects; poison ivy, etc.
Must be able to lift up to 50lbs on occasion.
The Arboretum Technician is a member of the Arboretum Land Care field crew and works with the Land Care Manager and field crew to implement restoration and management plans for the Arboretum's restored and remnant plant and animal communities. Also assists in the management of horticultural gardens and general maintenance of the grounds.
Arboretum land management contributes to the Arboretum mission--"We conserve and restore Arboretum lands, advance restoration ecology and foster the land ethic"--by ensuring that our ecological communities and horticultural plantings illustrate exemplary management practices and are a valuable resource for research, teaching and outreach
Must possess a valid driver's license that meets standards of UW Risk Management in order to operate Arboretum vehicles.
-Certification as prescribed fire crew member through completion of National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses S130, S190, I100, or ability to become certified within 12 months of hiring.
-Certification as Wisconsin pesticide applicator, or ability to become certified within 12 months of hiring.
-Successful completion of chainsaw safety course, or ability to complete within 12 months of hiring.
-Successful completion of First Aid, CPR, AED certification within 12 months of hiring.
Regular work hours: M-F 7am-12pm & 12:30pm-3:30pm
Additional and/or irregular hours may be required for snow removal, prescribed burns and hazardous tree removal.
You must apply at the below website:
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To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should specifically address: knowledge of ecological restoration and native/exotic plant species; safety certifications acquired and/or experience demonstrating safe work habits; experience operating and maintaining various vehicles, equipment, hand and power tools, etc.; and experience performing physical labor under adverse field conditions.
This recruitment will be used to fill two Arboretum Technician positions at the Arboretum.
$12.83 is the minimum of the range. Pay will be determined on qualifications and experience.