The Restoration Technician supports the Garden’s Conservation and Research department through a range of field and office work. Typical job duties will include the implementation and maintenance of restoration projects, including site preparation, seed collection, planting, weeding, and data collection; the coordination, leading, and management of volunteers, interns, and others in these activities; canvassing and working with local landowners and landscapers to remove invasive horticultural species and replace them with native plants; and the collection, entry, maintenance, and analysis of data. This full time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position reports to the Applied Ecologist.
We know there are many pathways, experiences, and backgrounds that add value and skill to one’s work and recognize that studies have shown that women and minorities often do not apply for positions where they don’t meet all of the preferred skills and experience. We encourage applicants to apply even if their experiences do not match perfectly with those listed below, and to explain in their cover letter how their prior experience is relevant to this position.
Ability to follow instructions, work in a team, and work independently as needed
Identification of common native and invasive plant species of Southern CA
Ability to perform arduous duties (ability to lift 50 pounds), work outside, and hike up to several miles per day over rough terrain in year-round conditions
Experience in landscape maintenance, nursery work, habitat restoration, or equivalent fields
Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate politely and effectively with landowners and landscapers
Strong organizational skills
Operation of mechanical equipment, including augers, brush cutters, mowers, etc.
Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) or Qualified Applicator License (QAL); and/or knowledge of safe herbicide application techniques
Experience operating 4x4 vehicles
Experience and familiarity with Microsoft office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and willingness to learn new software as necessary
Willingness and ability to work cooperatively with peers at the Garden and other institutions
Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
Valid CA Driver License required
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in biology, ecology, botany, environmental science, conservation biology, or closely related area OR
Associate’s degree in biology, ecology, botany, environmental science, conservation biology, or closely related area and one or more years of relevant full-time experience OR
Three or more years of relevant full-time experience
Must be capable of occasional strenuous physical work including:
Working long field days in up to 12 hours per day, including multi-day overnight camping trips
Sitting for up to 2 hours at a time and using a computer for lengthy periods
Standing/walking for extended periods of time
Bending, squatting, walking stairs, and hiking rugged trails with uneven footing
Safely lifting and carrying 40 lbs.
Tolerance of an outdoor work environment. Exposure to indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, including temperature fluctuations, rain, dust, allergens, poison oak, insects, wild animals, and sun exposure