Invasive Species Technician-Michigan

North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
Scottville or Cadillac, MI
Job Category
Full time Positions
$15.00 - $17.00 per hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (NCCISMA) is seeking an Invasive Species Technician to assist with field and office work involved in invasive species management over a six county area including Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford. Duties and Responsibilities: • Interact with land-managers and property owners of invasive species control locations to advise on recorded infestations, obtain permission for treatments, and discuss control options • Perform property listing searches using reference maps, and consulting with county equalization departments, online and in person, to determine land ownership and contact information for invasive species control sites • Obtain and maintain records of road commission permits, property owner permissions, and proof of property ownership pertaining to invasive species management activities performed by NCCISMA staff • Maintain invasive species inventory and treatment tracking spreadsheet according to NCCISMA Program Coordinator specifications • Data entry into the online MISIN Treatment Tracking geo-database • Visit with property owners, on request, to assess their property for invasive species, assist with plant identification, and make management recommendations • Conduct botanical surveys and treatment site monitoring, which will require the recording of field data using datasheets, GPS units, hand-drawn field maps, and the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) phone app or website • Develop invasive species management plans based on survey data and known BMPs • Provide support for NCCISMA landowner assistance programs, including promotion, assessing applications, and monitoring of participating sites • Act as back-up field crew lead and, when needed, assist field crew in performing invasive species management activities in the field using mechanical and chemical methods • Help to organize and lead volunteer workdays, and invasive species management workshops • Assist with inventory and management of field crew supplies • Assist NCCISMA Coordinator with report writing and data management
Skills and Eligibility Requirements: • Bachelor's degree in botany, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field • Background in natural resource management, preferably in invasive species management • Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator in the categories of Right-of-Way, Aquatics, and Ornamentals; otherwise must be willing and able to study for and pass exams for certification in these categories within the first month of employment. Study materials will be provided. • Experience working with handheld gardening equipment and herbicides to manage invasive plants, including experience safely mixing, storing, and applying herbicides • Experience identifying Michigan native and invasive plant species; otherwise need ability to quickly employ taxonomic keys to identify plants • Must exhibit strong verbal and written communication skills when working with any and all demographic groups • Must hold a valid driver's license, have a good driving record, and a reliable vehicle • Must be proven effective team player, with evidence of project management skills • Must be able and comfortable to work independently outdoors in remote areas and on office projects • Must be reliable, have a history of strong organizational skills, and an exceptional work ethic • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite programs • Experience with ArcMap, or similar GIS software a plus Terms and Benefits: • Pay Rate: $15 - $17 per hour, commensurate with experience • Duty location may be Scottville or Cadillac; applicants should specify a preferred duty location (or if both are acceptable) in the application cover letter • This is a full-time position - 40 hours per week • This is a grant funded position, with current funding in-place through April 2020. NCCISMA intends this to be a long-term position, and will be pursuing funding to this effect. • Preferred start date is May 7 • Some travel using personal vehicle will be required, with mileage reimbursed at the federal rate • Paid federal holidays, vacation, and sick leave • No health insurance or retirement benefits included Other Considerations: • Field work will take place in all weather conditions, and will likely involve contact with stinging insects and hazardous plants • Must be comfortable mixing and applying chemical herbicides • Must be able to carry a 25lb backpack sprayer across uneven or saturated terrain • Must be able to work flexible hours; work days are generally 8 hour days, with occasional evenings or weekends required • Must be willing to travel across a six-county area as needed to complete work assignments • Use of personal smartphone may be required • Successful candidate is required to pass a federal background check To apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, college transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), and 3 references to Vicki Sawicki, NCCISMA Program Coordinator, at Please contact NCCISMA with any questions by email at or by phone at (231) 429-5072. Please submit your application materials no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, April 2, 2018
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