Invasive Weed And Restoration Field Technician

Burleson Consulting, Inc Carmel Valley, California
Deadline May 01, 2019
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Burleson Consulting (based in Carmel Valley, California) is seeking to hire one seasonal Invasive Weed and Restoration Field Technician to support invasive weed removal, habitat restoration, and vegetation monitoring projects near Monterey, California. This position will include approximately 80% field work and 20% office work. Most work will be performed outdoors, often off trail, steep terrain, and in all weather conditions. Upon hire, the successful candidate could begin full-time work (40 hours/week Monday-Friday) as early as March 2019.

Responsibilities will consist primarily of field work with invasive plant management and removal. This could include mechanical weed removal (e.g. hand pulling), chemical weed removal (e.g. herbicide spraying), mixing/storing/handling herbicide in accordance with California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) and OSHA principles, mapping of invasive species, and detailed documentation and transcription of field activities.

Additional tasks can include erosion control activities, habitat restoration activities, surveying of vegetation transects or quadrats, vernal pool mapping, water quality monitoring, irrigation system operation and maintenance, annual species density mapping, native species planting and seeding, seed collection, supporting the Burleson native plant nursery, native plant propagation, data entry, or maintenance of vehicles and tools.

Position requires long days in the field with prolonged walking and exposure to the elements. Much of the work is off trail on uneven terrain and through thick vegetation. Must be capable of carrying a 30 pound backpack and able to lift 50 pounds.

Potential field hazards associated with this position include poisonous snakes, ticks, and poison oak.

Training will include 40 hours towards OSHA and QAL certification. Training will also include Burleson-specific GPS protocols and post-processing of field-collected data.

Candidates interested in the position should have good plant identification skills and a general knowledge of invasive species management. Candidates will preferably have 1-3 years of relevant work experience. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Good record keeping skills and attention to detail are mandatory. Proficiency in using Microsoft Word/Excel and GPS are mandatory. Experience with biological resource monitoring, knowledge of local invasive species and eradication treatments are a plus. Possession of a Qualified Applicator License (QAL) from CDPR desirable. Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.


To be considered, please send a pdf of your resume to and title it "LastnameFirstname_InvasiveWeedTech_YYMMDD." Resumes not following this naming convention will be disregarded.

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