The Prairie Management Technician (PMT) will work throughout the Upper Minnesota River Valley area in west central Minnesota participating in prairie management activities. This position is based in Morris, MN. This position pays $12.50 to $15.50 per hour plus housing for duration of employment. There are 2 openings for this position. The position will run from May 31 – August 6, 2020. There are similar short-term positions available in MN, SD and ND. Please search by state to find other such positions.
The PMT will work across west central Minnesota. They will participate in prairie management tasks including removal and chemical treatment of exotic species, native prairie seed harvest, vegetation monitoring and data collection, and tool and equipment maintenance. This will also include collaboration in habitat management activities in partnership with other state and federal agencies. More detailed information follows.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
• Assist with maintaining public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs), as well as TNC preserves and other protected lands.
• Cut and chemically treat herbaceous and woody exotic species.
• Maintain records of herbicide use and management actions.
• Native prairie seed harvest.
• Monitor and record data for vegetation research monitoring.
• Identify observed management needs and communicate information to supervisor verbally or in writing.
• Assist in directing and interacting with Conservation Corps Minnesota (CCM) crews on various projects.
• Maintain tools and equipment.
• Works in a high stress team environment.
• Maintain daily journal and work log, summarizing daily work completed.
• Discuss calendar of proposed activities with supervisor daily.
• Other preserve management activities as assigned.
• Ability to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
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• High school diploma and 6 months of related experience.
• Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
• Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, and driver’s license).
• Multi-lingual skills and multicultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.
• 6 months - 1 year of related experience.
• Experience identifying plant and animal species in Minnesota.
• Experience performing physical work.
• Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. engine, pumps, ATV, brush-cutter, chainsaw).
• Working knowledge of handheld GPS units.
• Ability and willingness to follow instructions from colleagues.
• Valid driver’s license with a good driving record, and able to pass the DOT federal medical exam (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/section/391.41)
• Qualified or able to obtain Minnesota Pesticide Applicator license.