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Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Project Member – Michigan
West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
Grand Haven, MI
Last Date to Apply
The WMCISMA is hiring a HWA Project Member to work out of the Ottawa Conservation District office but daily travel to survey destinations will be required. The successful candidate will work under the direction of the HWA Project Leader to conduct field-based surveys and mapping of HWA species throughout West Michigan.
This position will conduct field based surveys and mapping of HWA across West Michigan on both public and private land. Individuals will work as a team to survey properties, work with landowners to discuss projects, and secure permission. Surveys will be carried out on properties containing, and adjacent to, those to HWA. This will involve confirming presence or absence of the invaders as well as securing permission for a contract to follow up with treatments. Data will be collected using handheld GPS units and information recorded on data sheets. Additional duties include data entry using Microsoft Excel. Identification training will be provided, but prior experience is advantageous.
We are seeking self-directed, responsible, and highly motivated individuals who have the ability to work independently with little on-site supervision. Individuals with the ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and the public strong organizational and computer skills, and a background or interest in wildlife management or a related field are preferred.
While working in the field, the HWA Project Member will be subject inclement weather such as rain, snow, and extreme heat while doing physical work such as hiking for extended periods with heavy equipment. This requires the employee to have sufficient strength to navigate through uneven terrain as well as the ability to lift supplies weighing up to 50 lbs with little to no mechanical or other assistance.
• Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management or related field; and/or at least 1 year of experience in invasive species control or land management
• Preferred possession of Michigan Pesticide Applicator’s Certification (categories 2, 3B, and 6)
• Ability to recognize and properly identify invasive species
• Knowledge of invasive plant species control techniques
• Experience in various invasive species control methods, especially herbicide use
• Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel)
• Experience with data entry and management
• Must have valid driver’s license
• Must be detail oriented
• Be able to collaborate well with others
• Experience working in various field conditions
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and references as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org with “WMCISMA HWA Project Member” in the subject line. Application deadline: July 24th at 5:00 P.M. EST.
If you have any questions, please call Drew Rayner at (616) 402-9608