Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) is seeking a Volunteer/Youth Stewardship Coordinator for invasives removal. The position is a longer-term seasonal position (September - March). Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) has year-round environmental education programs that help children and adults deepen their understanding of nature and inspire the next generation of park stewards. The Volunteer/Stewardship Invasives Removal Coordinator (coordinator) will 1) educate members of the public about the biology and impacts of non-native (and even native) invasive species to the health of native vegetation communities and the threatened and endangered species that rely on them, 2) increase outreach efforts to youth, 3) organize a series of volunteer workdays for adults and youth aimed at eradicating some of the Seashore’s biggest weed threats and restoring some of the Seashore’s most important vegetation communities such as coastal dunes. Youth outreach efforts would build upon relationships with local and non-local schools already developed by PRNSA’s Science and other programs. A key stewardship focus for the coordinator would involve developing a revegetation plan for foredune areas at the Abbotts Lagoon Coastal Dune Restoration Project and conducting outplanting with volunteer and possibly contractor efforts. The coordinator will provide field guidance of park volunteers and interns. At least one third of the time would involve working on invasives removal projects independently, either manual removal or chemical treatment.
The coordinator will be an employee of PRNSA, which will act as the direct supervisor, while Seashore staff will provide day-to-day technical guidance in the field. The applicant should have experience and skills in working with youth and school programs and volunteer events and programs (focus on invasive plant removal projects a plus!). The applicant should also have strong skills in conducting invasives removal removal in rugged, challenging physical environments for multiple days. Experience in developing educational curriculums for school-age kids and in chemical treatment using backpack sprayers are highly desirable. The applicant must have a strong, working knowledge of California flora and skills in identifying species with only minimal use of a taxonomic key and knowledge, experience, and skills in ArcGIS; use of GPS for mapping and navigation; Excel and/or Access database and other word processing software programs. Applicants should have demonstrated organizational skills, great attention to detail, and the ability to meet deadlines and work with minimal supervision, as well as experience working with diverse populations and interfacing with various groups of stakeholders. Being bilingual is a plus. The work requires physical exertion such as hiking, bending, sitting, reaching, carrying a pack of up to 50 pounds, and other physical activities. Salary range: $16.89 to $18.90/hour, with limited benefits: exact hourly salary rate dependent on experience. All interested applicants should review the full job description and qualifications on the Point Reyes National Seasore Association website listed in this advertisement.
● Experience and skills in working with youth and school programs. Experience specifically with invasives removal and restoration youth stewardship programs highly desirable.
● Experience and skills in working with volunteer events and programs. Experience specifically with invasives removal and restoration youth stewardship programs highly desirable.
● Experience and skills in developing educational curriculums for school-age kids a plus.
● Experience and skills in manual removal of non-native, invasive plant species. Experience working in tough, rugged conditions highly desirable.
● Experience and skills in chemical treatment of non-native, invasive plant species using backpack sprayers a plus. Possession of a Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) highly desirable. (Must be willing to obtain and retain QAC, if one isn’t already possessed).
● Demonstrated knowledge of California flora and skills in identifying California vegetation with only minimal use of a taxonomic key.
● Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and skills with most recent versions of ArcGIS. Must be able to produce simple maps and graphics.
● Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and skills with use of GPS for mapping resources and navigating to locations.
● Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and skills with Excel. Experience with Access database a plus.
● Strong PC and Microsoft Office skills, including use of Word and production of tables and figures for reports is desired.
● Demonstrated organizational skills and great attention to detail and ability to work with minimal supervision and within necessary deadlines
● Experience working with diverse populations and interfacing with various groups of stakeholders
● Bilingual a plus
● Commitment to PRNSA’s mission, values, goals and success
● Must be willing to obtain and retain a Class B commercial driver license.
● Must be willing to be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal background check through Livescan.
To apply, email your resume (including relevant course work), a cover letter, and contact information for three references to email@example.com. Please cc: Lorraine_Parsons@nps.gov.