Ecological Technician

Ottawa Conservation District

Grand Haven, Michigan

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $16/hour
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Ottawa Conservation District Position Announcement 

The Ottawa Conservation District is seeking applicants for the position(s) of Ecological Technicians. This position will carry out work for the West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (WMCISMA) funded by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.    

Posting date: May 30, 2024

Closing Date: Open until filled  

Title: Ecological Technician 

Location: Based in Grand Haven out of the Ottawa Conservation District office located at 16731 Ferris St., Grand Haven, MI. Assignments will be performed throughout the WMCISMA counties, including Allegan, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa.

Position Details: This is a grant-funded, limited-term, and non-benefitted position. The anticipated time commitment is 40 hours per week, but hours can vary due to workload and weather conditions.
Start Date: As soon as possible
End Date: September 2024

Compensation: $16/hour

Position Description:  
The WMCISMA is hiring four Ecological Technicians to work out of the Ottawa Conservation District. The successful candidates will work under the direction of the West Michigan CISMA Coordinator and Invasive Species Specialist to conduct field-based surveys, mapping, and treatment of invasive plant species throughout West Michigan counties. The position will be based out of the Ottawa Conservation District office, but daily travel to site locations will be required, and a work vehicle will be provided.  

Ecological Technicians will conduct field-based surveys and mapping of aquatic and terrestrial invasive plant species across West Michigan on both public and private land. Individuals will primarily work in teams of two to survey reported infestations, communicate with landowners to discuss projects and secure permissions, and regularly partake in manual plant removal and herbicide applications. Data will be collected using handheld GPS units and information will be recorded on data sheets. The Ecological Technicians will frequently use online and printed parcel and aerial maps. Plant identification training will be provided, but prior experience is useful. Individuals will be required to obtain a Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification in Categories 2, 3B, 5, and 6 upon hire.  

We are seeking self-directed, responsible, and highly motivated individuals who have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Individuals with the ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and the public in a professional manner, strong organizational and computer skills, and a background or interest in natural resources management or a related field are preferred.

While working in the field, Ecological Technicians will be working in inclement weather such as rain and extreme heat while doing physical work such as hiking for extended periods on uneven terrain while carrying a 40-pound backpack sprayer or kayaking turbulent waters. This position also requires the employee to have sufficient strength to lift supplies weighing up to 50 pounds with little to no mechanical or other assistance. Regular use of herbicides is expected.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of high school diploma or GED certificate 
  • Possession of Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification is preferred

If not already certified, candidates will be required to obtain Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification in Categories 2, 3B, 5, and 6 upon hire. Ottawa Conservation District will pay for initial testing. Any re-testing will be the responsibility of the employee. 

  • Ability to recognize and properly identify aquatic and terrestrial native and invasive plants
  • Knowledge of invasive plant species control techniques
  • Experience in various invasive species control methods, especially herbicide use
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel) 
  • Experience with data entry and management 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license 
  • Must be detail-oriented  
  • Be able to collaborate well with others 

Experience working in various field conditions 


To Apply:
Send a cover letter, resume, and references as a single PDF to william.latham@macd.org  with “Ecological Technician” in the subject line.

If you have any questions, please call Will Latham at (616) 402-9608. 

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Botany, Ecology