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Seasonal Technician

Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network

Traverse City ,  Michigan


The Invasive Species Seasonal Technicians (2 positions) work with the Coordinator to implement the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant, which funds the position. Primary responsibilities include working as a team to survey natural areas, roadsides, and waterways in 4 counties for invasive plants. Other duties include creating maps, working with private land owners, and engaging volunteers.


  • The Invasive Species Seasonal Technician is a seasonal position, working up to 40 hours/week for up to 20 weeks. This position is not exempt from overtime requirements, with an hourly wage of $12-14/hour depending on experience. Seasonal positions are not eligible for benefits except those required by law.


Formal Education or Equivalent

  • Seeking a degree from an accredited college or university with excellent academic performance
    • Natural Resources, Biology, or related field preferred
  • At least one year of field experience preferred

Related Work Experience

  • Experience in northern hardwood forest plant identification
  • Background in natural resource management preferred


  • Must be able to work efficiently outdoors in varying conditions and terrain
    • Able to deal with insect pests and inclement weather
  • Must be able to navigate off trail or in the backcountry, doing transects, using a compass & map and/or GPS unit
  • Strong knowledge of plant identification and regional invasive species
    • Experience with dichotomous keys for plant identification
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong and proven team-player AND self-motivated worker
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficient knowledge of ArcGIS and GPS unit manipulation preferred
  • Proficient knowledge of Garmin handheld GPS units preferred


  • Able to work flexible hours
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and possess a (registered, insured) vehicle for use during work hours (approved mileage will be reimbursed)


  • Grand Traverse Conservation District’s office is located in the Boardman River Nature Center in Traverse City, MI. The Technician will frequently be in the field surveying for terrestrial invasive plant species throughout Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee counties. Field work may involve traversing uneven, boggy, and submerged terrain in wide ranges of temperatures and weather, in areas with incessant insect pests, and may require lifting equipment and materials of up to 40 pounds.  Must have a willingness to travel within a four-county service area.  Must have a willingness to mechanically control invasive plants as well as become certified and work with chemical herbicides.


  • Early May, 2017


  • Please email completed application, 1-2 pg resume, and cover letter stating your suitability for the position based on required knowledge and skills to the Invasive Species Network Coordinator Katie Grzesiak at The application can be found on the ISN website, No calls please.

Applications must be received no later than 5 PM EST, Friday, March 3, 2017

The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) is a collaboration of over 40 highly motivated and respected organizations in the region, with Grand Traverse Conservation District as its fiduciary. ISN’s mission is to protect, enhance, and promote northwest Michigan's natural communities through terrestrial invasive plant management and outreach. Its service area includes Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee Counties. More information about ISN can be found at More information about the Grand Traverse Conservation District can be found at

This project is funded in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and its fiduciary Grand Traverse Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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