Grassland Technician- Western Region-Massachusetts

Agency
The Trustees
Location
Western Massachusetts
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
Commensurate with experience
Last Date to Apply
05/01/2018
Website
http://www.thetrustees.org/
Description
Summary of Position: The Trustees is seeking qualified individual to assist with monitoring, research, and management activities for grasslands throughout western Massachusetts. The Grassland Technician is part of the Ecology Program team, responsible for the stewardship of natural resources on Trustees properties. The focus of this position is on monitoring grassland birds and rare plants, documenting key vegetation characteristics, and mapping (and potentially controlling) invasive plants. This is a seasonal, full-time, 14-week position, expected to begin in May and continue through August. Essential Functions: Conduct avian point count surveys for grassland nesting birds Monitor and map invasive species and control where applicable Conduct vegetation surveys Collect soil samples Coordinate grassland bird monitoring volunteers Map and enter data into database Other tasks and duties as assigned
Qualifications
Coursework in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related field The ability to identify birds by sight and sound, specifically grassland birds (bobolinks, meadow larks and savannah sparrows) At least 3 months of previous field experience Strong verbal communication skills The ability to work closely with other staff and the public Preferred Applicants Will Have Experience With: Experience performing grassland bird surveys Currently maintains a Massachusetts pesticide applicators license Ability to identify Northeast plant species GIS mapping Other: Applicants must provide their own transportation to job sites, mileage will be reimbursed The ability to work outdoors daily, and at times, under rigorous conditions The ability to perform physically strenuous duties, such as hiking long distances. The ability to lift/carry 40 pounds The ability to work irregular hours (depending upon wildlife and weather) A valid driver’s license, as well as a satisfactory driving record as outlined in The Trustees’ driving policy Benefits and Salary: This is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly paid position, with an optimal start date in Mid-May. This position is based in western Massachusetts, west of the Quabbin Reservoir. The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever. Only Applications submitted through our website will be considered: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=19760&clientkey=A116ACB81F47E0050535F1FC4DA6EE15
Contact Person
Ellie Kendall
Contact eMail
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