Mid-Columbia Fisheries (MCF) seeks to fill three seasonal restoration technician positions. We are seeking hard-working, adaptable, enthusiastic, and dedicated individuals interested in working on habitat restoration projects. Applicants must be willing to perform sustained, strenuous manual labor in all kinds of weather conditions. Restoration technicians will often work within a crew, but may at times work independently or with staff, landowners, agency partners, volunteers, youth, and interns. Work will occur throughout the Yakima Basin under the supervision of the Stewardship Coordinator and Assistant Crew Lead. The positions are generally 40 hours per week, but there may occasionally be some weeks where work load or weather conditions may reduce work hours. The crew will be expected to spike (camp) occasionally for work three nights a week.
Anticipated work includes the following:
Planting, mulching, and irrigating native trees and shrubs;
Maintaining a clean and orderly work truck and storage area;
Removing invasive weeds (mowing, weed eating, and manual removal);
Incorporating large woody debris and Beaver Dam Analogs (BDAs) into floodplains;
Constructing and repairing fences, and maintaining tools and equipment;
Felling small diameter trees;
Occasional pesticide application;
Picking up trash and pet waste;
Removing recreational rock dams, and performing public outreach;
Assisting staff with educational outreach in both classroom and outdoor settings;
Working independently and potentially supervising volunteers or interns (this may include occasional Saturday work).
Required Skills and Qualifications:
Must be dependable, self-motivated, and demonstrate a positive attitude;
Must be willing to occasionally spike (camp) three nights per week;
Respectful communication with a variety of people including crew members, supervisor, volunteers, interns, landowners, and others;
Flexible to changes in assigned duties;
Comfortable working around water and power tools, and familiar with the safety and environmental protection measures required to do so;
Must demonstrate the ability and willingness to perform all aspects of the work, including:
• Being comfortable working in remote areas (without cell phone coverage);
• Able to perform physically demanding manual labor outdoors on difficult and hazardous terrain in all types of weather;
• Capable of repetitively lifting 50 lbs into and out of trucks, walking 3 miles daily over steep or uneven terrain, and operating a weed eater for 6-8 hrs per day;
• Able to safely operate hand and power tools such as weed eaters, water pumps, chainsaws, power auger, small tractors, sledge hammer, planting bars, pruners;
• Capable of bending, squatting, kneeling, lifting overhead, and other repetitive movements associated with stewardship; and
• Willing to work up to 10 hours/ day for 40 hours per week.
Requires the use of personal protective equipment (provided)
Must comply with all safety and personnel policies;
Must provide own personal work boots and rain gear.
A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and the ability to safely operate vehicles is required to drive MCFEG vehicles;
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Knowledge and skills related to stream restoration and salmon habitat needs;
Knowledge and skills related to native plant identification and revegetation techniques;
Experience performing manual labor;
Experience using computers and Microsoft Office software;
Position Duration, Schedule, & Benefits: Positions are expected to begin May 1, 2019 and end between October and November 2019. Employees will typically work Monday through Thursday, 10 hours a day. We anticipate some flexibility in work schedule, especially in July and August, when some work on Fridays and Saturdays is expected. We also anticipate the possibility of a one-week unpaid work furlough in July and/or August, when work may not be available.
This position has a 60-day probationary period. All employees are provided with benefits prescribed by law, including Social Security, workers’ compensation, labor and industry insurance, and sick leave. Seasonal employees are eligible to accrue and use vacation and holidays. Unpaid leave maybe granted at the discretion of their supervisor and must be requested in advance.
To Apply: A complete application should include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references. Please email one electronic copy of your application to email@example.com AND mail one hard copy of your application to 413 N. Main Street, Suite K, Ellensburg WA 98926. Applicants are encouraged to call Landon Shaffer at 509-310-9324 to confirm that we have received your application materials.
Application Closes: February 15th, 2019 @ 11:59 PM
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group is a non-profit, community based group dedicated to restoring self-sustaining populations of salmon and steelhead. Mid-Columbia Fisheries works with landowners and community partners to protect and restore fish habitat. The Mid-Columbia region includes the Yakima Basin, the Klickitat, White Salmon, and Wind Rivers, and numerous smaller tributaries in Skamania, Klickitat, Benton, Yakima, Kittitas and Franklin Counties. It is the policy and intent of the MCF to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political ideology, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age. MCF intends to act nondiscriminatory in all acts related to recruiting, hiring or promotion of staff. For more information about us please visit our website: http://midcolumbiafisheries.org/