Environmental Restoration Technician

Natural Shore Technologies

Independence, Minnesota

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $17.00 – $20.00/hour

Natural Shore Technologies (Independence, MN) is a well-established ecological restoration company serving the Twin Cities area. Our mission is to provide high quality restoration at a reasonable cost and passionately support environmentally sound land management.  We design, install and maintain shorelines, prairies, rain gardens and other natural landscapes for public agencies, and commercial and residential clients.  We have a nursery operation that provides Minnesota native plants to a wide range of commercial and retail clients.

We are looking for a motivated and dependable person with a passion for natural resources. The primary role of the Environmental Restoration Technician is to complete ecological restoration work in the field. This will be done by assisting Crew Leaders with aspects of ecological restoration projects, such as planting, seeding, tool maintenance, brush cutting, light equipment operation, herbicide application, and various other tasks. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in ecological restoration, plant identification, and maintenance activities.


  • Identify native and invasive plants (training program provided)
  • Control noxious and invasive weeds by hand pulling, herbicide application, and mowing
  • Utilize various types of equipment, including brush saws, weed whips, chainsaws, etc.
  • Conduct site preparation activities - brush hauling, soil grading, mulching, etc.
  • Install native plant plugs and shrubs - following design protocol
  • Assist with nursery operations including transplanting and general organization
  • Follow safety guidelines and procedures
  • Complete other tasks as assigned 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid MN Driver’s License 
  • Working towards a degree in natural resource management or related field
  • Clean driving record and ability to load and haul equipment and machinery
  • Ability to develop native and invasive plant identification skills
  • Ability to obtain Commercial Pesticide Applicator (Categories A & J) license within 30 days of hire.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Work in various weather conditions, such as rain, heat, and cold
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time 
  • Wade or participate in work conducted in water bodies
  • Work outdoors for extended periods
  • Safely operate machinery and equipment 
  • Ability to work around bees, wasps, and other stinging insects


  • Pay Scale:  $17.00 – $20.00/hour 
  • Overtime pay 
  • No weekend/overnight work 
  • Weekly Employee Gatherings - Social Hour
  • Pesticide Applicators Certification
  • Native and Invasive Plant Identification Certification

Hours: 40-50 hrs/week from April-October (flexible start and end dates), with the potential for long term employment.


Please send resume and cover letter to job@naturalshore.com.        


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Category Botany, General / Stewardship, Restoration
Tags Environmental Consulting