The Restoration Ecologist is responsible for developing and implementing science-based restoration practices on
lands owned or managed by our clients. The Restoration Ecologist conducts field and office work under supervision
and in collaboration with the Principal Ecologist. The primary role of the Restoration Ecologist is interacting with
existing and potential clients to plan and implement restoration and land stewardship activities. The Restoration
Ecologist serves as the company’s representative in their area of expertise. This position involves working in an office
and outdoors in southern Wisconsin’s prairies, woodlands and wetlands.
Restoration development (35%)
Make restoration happen! Plan and develop ecological restoration
projects. Estimate, forecast and communicate project costs and benefits. Conduct ecological assessments,
research, botanical surveys, and monitoring of prairies, savannas, wetlands, forests and other natural areas.
Use results to inform our work. Write management plans, estimates, proposals; respond to client inquiries.
Develop maps, written materials and publications related to ecological restoration and land management.
Field work (35%).
Implement science-based land management and restoration practices,
application, brush cutting, mowing, seeding, weed cutting/pulling, tree planting and felling. Serve as burn
boss, crew member, or line leader on prescribed burns. Track and document use of job-related materials,
including herbicides, native plant seeds, and fuel; track and document job-related expenses and hours worked.
Manage restoration crew members or interns (in the absence of our crew leader).
Outreach, training and communication (15%)
Meet with landowners, land managers and stakeholders,
virtually or in person. Conduct educational and interpretive programs related to ecological restoration and
natural areas management. Organize and implement ecological restoration volunteer work sessions. Design
and publish print, digital and other interpretive media. Train new and existing crew members in ecological
restoration science and practice. Represent Adaptive Restoration at public or professional events.
Research current and emerging practices in restoration ecology and land stewardship. Use
science and ecological theory to inform new approaches to restoration. Develop systems for improving
quality, efficiency and delivery of restoration and forestry services. Test new restoration approaches
Preferred education and experience:
Graduate degree or equivalent experience in an ecological or natural resource field of study, such as Agronomy,
Agroecology, Botany, Biology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Wildlife Ecology, or Soil Science. Students
currently enrolled in a graduate degree program may also apply. At least two years of field experience planning
and implementing ecological restoration and land management practices. Experience leading prescribed burns in
prairies, wetlands, or savannas. Experience identifying native and non-native plants of southern Wisconsin
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of ecological restoration theory, practice and research.
2. Knowledge of safe and effective use of herbicides and prescribed fire for ecological restoration purposes.
3. Knowledge of wildlife, plant, or water monitoring techniques.
4. Skill in communicating professionally with landowners.
5. Skill in planning and implementing prescribed burns in prairies, savannas, wetlands, and woodlands in both rural and WUI areas.
6. Skill in planning and presenting interpretive programs.
7. Ability to obtain a Wisconsin commercial pesticide applicator license within 30 days of hire.
8. Ability to lift and carry large objects such as logs, tree branches, and water containers weighing up to 70 pounds.
9. Ability to safely operate a 4-wheel drive motor vehicle with a manual transmission, including but not limited to pickup
truck, UTV, or tractor.
10. Ability to work outdoors in steep, rugged terrain in adverse weather conditions, including snow, rain, and temperatures
ranging from 0ºF – 95ºF.
11. Ability to assist with or lead prescribed burns.
12. Ability to apply ecological theory to address restoration and land management unknowns.
13. Ability to work under minimal or no supervision.
14. Ability to use and maintain gas-powered tools such as pumps, chainsaws, brush cutters, and mowers.
15. Ability to acquire and maintain necessary licenses, permits and certifications.
16. Ability to quickly and accurately identify local native and non-native flora and fauna.
17. Ability to meet our crew on site or at our shop, on time.
Required training and licenses:
The applicant must have the following training and licenses, or have the ability to obtain them within 30 days of hire:
- NWCG S130/S190 prescribed fire training with current refresher and arduous fitness test
- Valid Wisconsin Drivers License
- Wisconsin Commercial Pesticide Applicator License (Forestry, Aquatic, Right-of-Way, or Turf & Landscape category)
- First Aid/CPR training (WFR or WFA preferred)
Visit our website to learn about applying: http://adaptiverestoration.com/now-hiring