Restoration Technician-California

Soil Ecology and Restoration Group
San Clemente Island, California
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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The Soil Ecology and Restoration Group (SERG) is a habitat restoration and research group within the biology department of San Diego State University and administered by the San Diego State University Research Foundation. The research emphasis of SERG is on ecosystem dynamics of southern California. We seek a Restoration Technician for habitat restoration projects on San Clemente Island, a Naval installation on the southern-most of California’s Channel Islands. This position performs duties supporting all botanical projects including but not limited to: native plant seed collection and propagation; installation and monitoring of outplanting sites; mechanical and chemical weed control; fire monitoring; endangered, sensitive and endemic plant monitoring; GIS mapping; and maintenance of databases. This position requires extensive physical labor to conduct management activities, including working with pesticide around heavy equipment, hand weeding, digging, backpack pesticide application, bending and crouching to perform vegetation monitoring, and hauling heavy, awkward materials and equipment. All work will be conducted on San Clemente Island, which is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy as a test and evaluation site. With an area of 56 square miles, San Clemente Island is the second-largest of the Southern Channel Islands. Of all the Channel Islands, San Clemente Island has a particularly unique flora, hosting 15 plants that are known from nowhere else in the world, and an additional 48 plants that are only known from the Channel Islands as a whole. The island is home to a large number of endemic and rare plant and animal species, with an extensive community of biologists, archaeologists, and researchers. Applicants should enjoy living as part of a small and remote community, and be able to maintain a professional, positive attitude at all times.
● Bachelors degree in biology or related field and/or significant relevant experience ● Valid driver’s license, and ability to drive 4-wheel-drive-vehicles ● Familiarity with native plant propagation, rare plant monitoring, and/or exotic plant control methods ● Experience safely operating and maintaining mechanical equipment, hand tools, herbicide application equipment, and GPS units ● Experience performing strenuous labor with a high level of physical endurance under a variety of weather and work conditions ● Experience working in a remote field site ● Ability to repeatedly lift loads of up to 45 lbs throughout the work day and to safely navigate and work off-trail in steep, rocky, cactus-covered terrain ● Ability to respectfully, clearly, and accurately communicate with other staff, contractors, and military commands ● Valid California Qualified Applicator Certificate strongly preferred ● Experience working on weather stations desired, though not a requirement Compensations: Salary will be $14.00/hour plus health benefits, vacation, and sick leave. Room and board will be provided while working on San Clemente Island. Work schedule will be 10 days on-island and 4 days off-island. Food reimbursement will be provided at $13/day. Transportation to and from the island is provided by means of a twin engine 20-seater plane. This is a 6-month position with possibility of extension. To apply, compile your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references in one .pdf document and email to:
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Lauren Garstka
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