Ecological Technician I (Vegetation)

City of Boulder Parks and Recreation
Boulder, CO USA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Hiring Range: $22.92 - $28.91
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Job Description Summary: Under limited supervision, maintains the health, safety and aesthetics of natural areas throughout the Parks and Recreation system. Performs natural resource related maintenance and operations on City of Boulder Parks and Recreation natural lands including staff collaboration, project completion and program assistance. Performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks in the areas of natural lands maintenance, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), restoration, wildlife management, equipment operation, community engagement, and performs related duties as required. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Performs technical and mostly field based natural lands functions including tasks in the areas of natural lands maintenance, IPM, restoration, wildlife management, and community engagement across the Parks & Recreation system to ensure safe and efficient operations, including the following: Implements best management practices for the removal of noxious weeds by utilizing assorted mechanical methods (digging, hand pulling, whipping, tractor and mower operation, etc.), chemical control (backpack and UTV spraying, wicking, etc.), cultural practices (planting, burning, etc.), and assists with biological control (insects, animals). Performs and/or coordinates prairie dog management tasks including surveys, colony monitoring, mapping, installing and maintaining barriers, and potentially trapping and relocation. Utilizes GIS, GPS, and tablet technologies to collect field data and uses ArcGIS platform to add and manage data in established databases and creation of maps. Works with GIS staff to implement data into overall system. Performs and/or coordinates restoration projects such as native seed collection, re-seeding, mitigation work, and wildlife habitat enhancements. Performs and assists with research, monitoring, and data collection associated with various natural land management tasks (IPM, wildlife, etc.), data entry, and preparing of scientific reports. Performs and/or coordinates community engagement including public environmental education and outreach programs. Performs and/or coordinates regular maintenance and creation of natural lands and park infrastructure such as fencing, trails, restroom amenities, trash/litter removal, graffiti/vandalism removal, signs, and other light construction. Performs and/or coordinates various urban wildlife management tasks including surveys, addressing wildlife concerns for projects, assisting with closures and adhering to best management practices. Works closely with and may direct non-standard employees, volunteers, community service workers, jail crew workers or others. This may include providing work instruction and task assignment, communicating job expectations, providing appropriate feedback on performance to manager, correcting problems with work habits or safety issues, ensuring adherence to City and Department policies, and the accuracy of reported time use. Ensures all city and department safety procedures, regulations and policies are observed and followed in order to promote a safe work environment and prevent injuries and illnesses.  Success measures include: Enforces to and adheres by organizational policies, rules and safety regulations related to persons using city vehicles, equipment, and park facilities. Ensures safe public spaces while completing work tasks and raises safety concerns to appropriate supervisors or contacts. Oversees seasonal staff in safe operation of all equipment and vehicles. Identifies, addresses or elevates any health and safety risks within the park facilities. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment and uses all required personal protective equipment (PPE). Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents. Does not operate a vehicle or equipment in an unsafe manner, including avoiding the use of a cell phone. Reports all injuries, accidents and damage to City property on the same day that they occur. Adheres to all Label and MSDS requirements when using chemicals and is fully aware of the product specifications and required PPE. Ensures the appropriate records are being kept. Assists with data management and makes recommendations for program and project improvements. Maintains records of work performed, materials and supplies utilized. Follows work orders. Orders, purchases, does safety checklists, and performs safety and equipment use/maintenance and inspections. Performs emergency response work for the city that may include; tree damage, flood response and recovery, and other emergencies. For full job description, please visit website.
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Two or more years of field experience in natural lands management including integrated pest management/restoration, wildlife management, environmental education/outreach and/or natural lands maintenance as described above. Ability and willingness to utilize various types of equipment from hand tools to tractors and drive a large truck with a trailer. Basic knowledge of data collection systems including GPS systems and GIS software and applications. Ability to identify flora and fauna common to the Front Range of Colorado. Ability to obtain CPR/AED within 1 year. Ability and willingness to utilize any required safety equipment including but not limited to normal personal protective equipment. Demonstrated experience with related machines, equipment, and tools, including the ability to use a variety of long handle, manual and power tools and equipment. Ability to perform a wide-range of physical and manual tasks outdoors and under all weather conditions, including the ability to stand, kneel and bend frequently and for extended periods of time. Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, weekends, evenings, holidays or emergencies as required. Ability to plan work activities, to provide performance feedback, and to plan schedules to meet objectives and goals of mission statement, and to keep accurate and timely records of work performed. Ability to communicate professionally and courteously with co-workers and the public. Demonstrated ability to act as a team member and collaborate with others. Ability to perform record keeping functions, data entry, and data management. Effective organization skills. Experience using personal computers and software such as word processing and email. Knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word and Excel. Excellent customer service and communication skills with the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the public and co-workers in stressful situations. Valid driver’s license. Have and maintain acceptable background information, including criminal conviction history and motor vehicle record. Ability to obtain Colorado Pesticide Applicator license within 3 months of employment. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications Bachelor’s Degree, certificate, or documented training in ecology, wildlife science, biology, environmental science, or other natural resources field. Certificates and/or documented training indicating proficiencies in plant identification, weed management techniques, restoration, equipment operation/maintenance, wildlife management/surveys, prairie dog work, volunteer management, education and outreach, trail construction, or related natural land management tasks. Demonstrated experience in more than one area of natural lands management (IPM, wildlife, community engagement). Demonstrated program or project management skills. Knowledge and experience with many different types of equipment, including but not limited to, hand tools (shovel, Mcleod, pick, rake), power tools (drill, multiple saws, blower, bench grinder, etc.), herbicide equipment, weed whips, chain saw, brush saw, small tractor with attachments such as mow deck and loader, chipper, drill seeder, generator, trailer, UTV, loader, backhoe, etc. Previous experience applying herbicides in a natural lands setting. Previous experience performing wildlife surveys. Previous experience coordinating volunteers or community engagement events. Experience with resource conservation in an urban environment. Experience with ArcGIS, Collector App, GPS Units (Trimble), Survey 123, and Microsoft/Apple applications. Effective writing skills and/or previous experience preparing written reports.
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