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Reserve Technician

American Praire Reserve

Malta ,  Montana


HOURS PER WEEK:   Varied hours through October 31, 2017

WAGE: Wage is per hour including drive time to and from the work site and from work site to work site. Overtime paid at time and a half for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Overtime must be pre-approved by a supervisor.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: American Prairie Reserve is working to create a wildlife reserve on the Northern Great Plains of Northeastern Montana.  This reserve is being designed for visitors around the world to experience spectacular wildlife and to protect one of the world’s most important and imperiled ecosystems. 

Note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the employee. All employees are required to be responsible for and assist with additional tasks and responsibilities as needed.

Job Purpose: Provide assistance in the operation and maintenance of the land infrastructure, facilities, structures, grasslands and wildlife. Actual job duties may include parts or all of the duties listed below dependent on the needs of the business and the qualifications of the Reserve Technician.

Maintenance Support

  • Engage in maintenance and construction of wildlife friendly and electric fence, make repairs as assigned and document all fence maintenance.
  • Assist with maintenance and construction of bison facilities.
  • Assist with maintenance and upkeep of Reserve facilities including houses, outbuildings and property.
  • Assist with the construction and maintenance of structures.
  • Painting, staining and refinishing, mowing, watering, digging and snow removal.
  • Assist with the control of invasive and noxious weeds including application of chemical spray.
  • Report breakage, damage and perceived safety concerns.
  • Assist with basic mechanical repair on vehicles, UTVs, ATVs and other pieces of heavy equipment.
  • Assist with housekeeping and hospitality, as needed.
  • Other tasks and projects as mutually agreed upon by facilities assistant and APR.
  • Assist with evaluating needed repairs to Reserve assets and timely report safety violations to Bison Operations Specialist and Facilities Supervisor.

Specific Skills, Educational Requirements, Credentials, Experience, Knowledge and Attributes that are needed for high performance: Note that the needed qualifications may vary based on the business needs of the organization, not all qualifications may be required dependent on the business needs for the work to be completed by the Reserve Technician.

  • Demonstrate positive representation of APR’s mission, goals, values and culture.
  • Ability to live in a remote and highly collaborative work environment.
  • Available for work and timely in reporting for and completing work.
  • Dependable follow through of work assigned and agreed upon.
  • Follow instructions and ask necessary questions to ensure tasks and responsibilities are completed accurately.
  • Complete job duties to the specification set forth by employer and in a manner that meets health, sanitation and safety standards and policies including appropriate use of safety and protective equipment.
  • Demonstrate a proactive and motivated work ethic with ability to work quickly and efficiently to complete tasks and responsibilities.
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively with others.
  • Use cleaning products and tools such as disinfectants, degreasers, solvents, broom, vacuum, etc.
  • Ability to use maintenance tools and equipment such as hand tools and power tools.
  • Ability to physically exert self, including lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.
  • Ability to stand, squat, kneel, bend, stoop, reach, and work from a ladder.
  • Ability to climb and descend stairs and ladders.
  • Dependent on APR needs, ability to drive trucks, tractors, backhoe, snowmobiles, and off highway vehicles.
  • Ability to safely work and operate off road vehicles in uneven terrain and adverse weather conditions.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to work areas and the ability to drive on poorly maintained roads and in various weather conditions to get to work areas.

EXTENUATING WORKING CONDITIONS: This is a highly laborious position that requires physical exertion. Work areas are remote and in some instances rustic and/or uninhabited for periods of time. Duties will be completed both indoors and outdoors under possibly adverse weather conditions. Requires exposure to cleaning chemicals and contaminants such as garbage. May require exposure to and use of hazardous equipment and tools.

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