Job Location/Shift: This seasonal stewardship crew member position is based out of Roaring River State Park and located about 6 miles south of Cassville, Missouri. Crew members will work up to 40 hours / week with a flexible schedule. This will be a temporary position, starting around the beginning of November, 2021 and lasting until the beginning of February, 2022. However, the work hours and start/end dates are flexible and negotiable. Housing is also available on-site.
Why You Will Love This Position: Stewardship crews support the Missouri State Park mission by preserving Missouri’s outstanding natural landscapes and get to visit remote areas of the park that the typical visitor would never get to see. This position consists of practical, hands-on management activities that aim to preserve the park’s unique natural resources including dolomite glades and chert woodlands.
• Work as part of a team while maintaining a positive attitude and using a variety of tools and equipment.
• Plan and construct fire lines to aid in the suppression of wildfires and establish boundaries for prescribed burns.
• Remove invasive plant species with the use of power tools, hand tools, and herbicides.
• Safely operate equipment, such as: chainsaws, brush saws, backpack herbicide sprayers, and backpack blowers.
• Learn plant ID of common native and invasive species in order to survey and manage local flora.
• May additionally participate in seed collection of native plant species for habitat restoration projects, small ecological surveys, and prescribed burns, where needed.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
• Enthusiastic about preserving Missouri’s natural habitats through a hands-on approach.
• At least one year of professional experience in an ecology-related field with experience in operating chainsaws, brush saws, backpack blowers, backpack herbicide sprayers, etc.
• Experience with identifying plants and basic surveying techniques.
• Ability to traverse difficult terrain in all types of weather conditions while performing essential duties and research. Must be able to carry tools, equipment, and packs up to 50 lbs. for several miles in steep Ozark terrain.
• Ability to work independently or with others to accomplish management objectives.
• Candidates with prior fireline preparation, trail maintenance, and prescribed burning experience will be favored.
Application Deadline and How To Apply: To apply for this position, please email a copy of your resume and cover letter to Taylor Steinfeldt at Taylor.Steinfeldt@dnr.mo.gov by 11:59 pm Friday, October 1st, 2021.