The Field Science and Outreach Technician at Sierra Streams Institute (SSI) will assist in multiple field-based monitoring and restoration activities in support of SSI’s mission and current project load. The ideal candidate will be passionate about grassroots community engagement in field science and ecological restoration. This position will primarily undertake the following tasks:
• Vegetation Management: invasive plant control, native plant establishment (planting, watering, and care)
• Water Quality Monitoring at permanent monitoring sites along both Deer Creek and the Bear River
• Volunteer Outreach and Coordination: managing SSI volunteer database, engaging community through various traditional and social media platforms.
• Coordinate with Restoration Ecologist to implement vegetation management activities both independently and leading staff, interns, and volunteers.
• Coordinate with Water Quality Lab Manager to provide assistance in water quality monitoring
• Recruit and coordinate volunteers for assistance in the above activities
• Maintain active volunteer contact information data and update accordingly
• Coordinating volunteer events such as work days
Hours: 20-25/week average, with workload being higher in some weeks and lower in others (flexible schedule required). Note this is a 6-month position, with longer-term employment contingent on performance and continued funding.
o Strong interest and knowledge in biology, hydrology, ecology, environmental science or a related field.
o Ability to work independently as well as with other staff and a diverse group of volunteers and interns.
o Strong written and oral communication skills; strong computer and organizational skills.
o Attention to detail.
o Ability to follow scientific protocols.
o Ability to work in arduous conditions and inclement weather, including hiking through uneven terrain, in dense vegetation (including poison oak and Himalayan blackberry), and being on your feet for up to 8 hours a day.
o Ability to carry monitoring equipment that weighs up to 50 lbs.
o Ability to use hand tools for ecological restoration activities. Experience with mechanized tools is also desirable.
o Ability to work in the office setting at a computer station.
o Comfortable calling, recruiting, and interacting with community members
o Attention and adherence to safety protocols, including ability to lead safety talks to crews of volunteers.
o Positive attitude, willingness to learn, and flexibility.
o Access to personal vehicle.