Restoration Tech (NRS1)- Oregon

State of Oregon - South Slough Research Reserve
Charleston, Oregon
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This limited duration (through March 31, 2027) position is represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Job Description: Make a Difference for Oregon. The Department of State Lands manages the lands that help fund our public schools and protects the state’s waterways and wetlands for the many benefits they provide. Our stewardship ensures vital natural and financial resources contribute to a vibrant, healthy Oregon now and forever. The DSL team makes a difference for Oregonians every day. As our Restoration Technician, you will too. Established by the Oregon Constitution in 1859, the State Land Board oversees the Common School Fund, which sends tens of millions every year to Oregon’s K-12 public schools. The Department of State Lands (DSL) is the administrative agency of the Land Board, which consists of the Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer. DSL carries out the day-to-day work of managing the school lands and resources that contribute revenue to the Common School Fund. The agency also oversees Oregon’s public waterways and administers regulatory programs that protect wetlands and waters of the state. Additionally, DSL is the state partner for South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, which is protected and managed for long-term research, education, and coastal stewardship. The agency’s mission is to ensure Oregon’s school land legacy and protect waterways and wetlands of the State through superior stewardship and service. The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve) was established in 1974 pursuant to an agreement between the State of Oregon and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. Today, the Reserve manages nearly 7,000 acres of natural areas along the Coos estuary on the south coast of Oregon. The Reserve's immediate governing body is the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Commission whose nine members are appointed by the Governor of Oregon. The South Slough Reserve encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands. The Reserve supports and coordinates research, education and stewardship programs that serve to enhance a scientific and public understanding of estuaries and contribute to improved estuarine management. Since 1974, the Reserve has grown in the depth and scope of its programs and has developed facilities to meet the needs of visitors and staff, including hiking and paddle trails and a visitor center equipped with interpretive exhibits, aquaria, multi-media displays, a classroom, and meeting space. A full description of the goals and objectives of the Reserve are contained in its management plan: This limited duration (through March 31, 2027) position is represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). What will you be doing? The purpose of this position is to work with South Slough Reserve Stewardship, Science and Education teams and project partners (e.g., Coos Watershed Association, Oregon State University, tribes) to help complete tasks associated with the Wasson Creek Ridgetop-to-Estuary Restoration Project. The position is funded by a four-year grant. Responsibilities include assisting with all aspects of implementation and monitoring of the project; data entry, management, and analysis; contributing to project reports; and assisting with education and outreach related to the project. Project Support Collect pre- and post-restoration monitoring data including, but not limited to: wetland vegetation, marbled murrelet and general bird community, beaver dams, stream geomorphology, wetland elevation, wetland soil characteristics, wetland hydrology, forest vegetation, fish, and environmental DNA. Assist with restoration implementation including, but not limited to: fish salvage, planting native species, invasive plants removal, installing beaver dam analogs, building log cribs, and tracking elevation change during floodplain scraping. Work with and assist in coordination of volunteers, interns, and youth groups in project-related tasks (e.g., non-chemical invasive species management). Analysis and Evaluation Manage project data in Reserve databases. Assist with data management (e.g., data entry) and data quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC). Assist with presentation of written data summaries, reports, including progress updates for the Reserve Management Commission, and occasional newsletter articles describing project status and accomplishments. Agency Representation Work with the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians in relation to cultural resource protection and bio-cultural restoration. Assist with project education and outreach, including working with youth groups and teachers, providing tours and project-related information to visiting school field trips, Reserve summer science camps, tribal youth groups and camps, and teacher trainings.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS A Bachelor's degree in natural resource fields such as ecology, biology, geography, hydrology, environmental science, marine science or related field; OR Three years of experience in natural resource fields such as ecology, biology, geology, hydrology, environmental science, or marine science. Required skills: Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record. Experience collecting data and working outdoors in research and monitoring projects Experience with word processing and spreadsheets Ability to collaboratively work with a diverse team Physical ability to work in difficult terrain (e.g., traversing wetlands, steep forested slopes), carry heavy equipment, work long hours in all weather conditions, pass a hearing test (required to become a certified observe for monitoring marbled murrelet) DESIRED ATTRIBUTES Experience with coastal wetland or upland forest restoration projects; Experience with plant, fish, invertebrate and/or bird identification; Experience with data management and visualization programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, ArcGIS and R; Qualified marbled murrelet observer; Strong communication skills; and Ability to work independently and manage time appropriately. Apply online!
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