The Stewardship Technician will be involved in a diverse set of projects to improve the ecology and sustainability of our 28 natural areas. The AmeriCorps member will gain experience in nearly all aspects of natural area management, including implementing on-the-ground invasive plant control and restoration projects, field data collection, botanical surveys, native seed collection and improving our infrastructure including signs, boardwalks, and sustainable trails. Invasive plant control methods will include manual removal by hand and tools as well as application of herbicide and use of propane torches. Members will assist with the planning and coordination of projects associated with the accessibility and expansion of natural areas, including trail scouting, design and construction, and sign and map creation for kiosks.
The Stewardship Technician will support our volunteer coordination efforts to increase community stewardship of Conservancy Natural Areas. We have an increasing need for volunteers and trail stewards and would like to engage with new members and create a robust trail steward volunteer group to help maintain our 37 miles of hike, ski, and mountain bike trails. The members will serve leadership roles for coordinating and implementing trail projects to improve and maintain the trails in our natural areas as well as design and build new sections of trail. This position will develop strategies to improve community participation and awareness of our stewardship opportunities. In addition, the member will participate in outreach activities including leading conservation and restoration events with our 300+ volunteer base and working to expand volunteer programs.
Some experience in public outreach and conducting scientific surveys is preferred. Onsite training will also be provided. The member will design and develop outreach materials and use GIS technology to create maps. Most service activities will be within Leelanau Count. Some minor travel for meetings and workshops may be required. Most travel will be day travel around the County. Strenuous physical activity will be required.
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Applicants can be seeking a post-secondary degree and or have a bachelor’s degree in natural resources, environmental studies, or a related field. Having a bachelor’s is preferred.
Computer efficiency (typing, email, word processing, excel, ESRI/GIS software)
Ability to pass a background check
U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien
Commitment to conserving the forests, lakes, and streams of Michigan
Has or is willing to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicator License