Nature & Purpose of the Position
The Habitat Improvement Specialist AmeriCorps member will support our habitat improvement program with restoration projects throughout Pierce County. The AmeriCorps Member will regularly perform office tasks and manual field tasks to prepare restoration sites for planting and to maintain sites after the plants have been installed.
The ideal candidate will have a proven knowledge of Puget Sound lowland ecosystems and plant communities, as well as a highly motivated work ethic and an ability to serve cooperatively and positively with team members. They will be committed to implementing vegetation monitoring protocols and adhering to best management practices for vegetation management, as well as cooperatively performing tasks while in the field for up to 8 hours a day. This position provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience with vegetation monitoring protocols; methods for planning, installing, and maintaining riparian restoration sites; and native and invasive plant management.
About Pierce Conservation District
Pierce Conservation District is government that works. We work strategically and passionately to conserve and restore the natural resources of Pierce County. Our work improves both rural and urban communities to benefit the health and well-being of our citizens. We work in five core program areas: Water Quality Improvement, Farm Assistance, Habitat Restoration, Urban Agriculture, and Environmental Education. The District works for clean water, healthy soil, salmon recovery and local food access for all. When you join the Pierce Conservation District staff, you join a team of talented and committed people who are mission-driven and care deeply about improving our environment and our community.
Primary Job Responsibilities
The Habitat Improvement Specialist will assist the Habitat Improvement Coordinator and support the Habitat Improvement Program. Specific responsibilities are expected to include assisting with vegetation monitoring of habitat restoration projects, assisting in leading volunteer planting parties at habitat restoration sites, and performing maintenance and site preparation at habitat restoration sites.
We are seeking a high-achieving, hard-working, self-motivating individual who is committed to protecting Pierce County’s natural resources.
Candidates will have a fundamental understanding of Puget Sound ecosystems and riparian environments.
Attention to detail, ability to clearly communicate thoughts and ideas, and ability to work as part of a team are critical characteristics of the person in this position. Additionally, candidates for this position need to:
• Have experience in ecological restoration and a genuine interest in salmon ecology
• Have an understanding of Microsoft Office products and functions of Microsoft Excel
• Have some form of plant identification experience
• Have a positive and enthusiastic attitude
• Function well in small teams and independently
Applicants with the following skills and experience are likely to be more competitive in the candidate selection process:
• Previous experience implementing vegetation monitoring protocols
• Previous experience or coursework related to ecological restoration in the Puget Sound region
• Ability to identify native and invasive plant species of the PNW
• Experience operating power tools such as brush cutters and mowers
• Experience or familiarity with GIS software such as ArcMap or Collector for ArcGIS
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
Job duties for this position require service in both field and office environments. Field tasks take place in all types of weather conditions. This position requires the ability to walk long distances, maneuver in uneven or difficult terrain, carry heavy loads (up to 50 lbs), perform duties safely in and near water, maintain productivity with exposure to vexatious insects and/or other environmental factors in the field, and exercise good judgement in terms of personal and team safety in field conditions. This position may require application of herbicide under supervision of a licensed applicator and adhering to best management practices to control invasive weeds. Additionally, the person in this position must be able to perform duties in close proximity to colleagues in an office environment and conduct themselves in a professional manner with landowners, members of the public, volunteers, partners, and co-workers.
The position will be 40 hours per week Monday through Friday with occasional work occurring on weekends and/or evenings.
Licenses, Certificates & Other Requirements
Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter, or evidence of equivalent mobility.
Compensation & Benefits
• Monthly stipend of $1,945.24 before deductions and withholdings
• $6,195 education award upon completion of service that can be used for future schooling or to pay off existing qualified student loan debt (upon successful completion of the service term, subject to federal tax)
• Workers compensation coverage
• Assistance with childcare costs
• Forbearance (temporarily postponing paying off a loan) of qualified student loans during the service term
• Payment of interest on qualified student loans that accrued during the service term (paid after successful completion of service term)
• Serving in a full-time AmeriCorps position qualifies as "employment" towards the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program
• ORCA card
• Access to fresh fruits and vegetables during the growing season
• Leadership, project management, and natural resource training
Open until filled:
If selected an additional application must be submitted via the Washington Service Corps website:https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=78260&fromSearch=true
Position open until filled.
Projected Start Date: October 1, 2021
Ryan Bird, Habitat Improvement Coordinator
(253) 845-9770 x133