Seasonal Field Technician

Yolo County Resource Conservation District

Woodland, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $49,499 - $66,766 annually ($23.80 – $32.10 hourly)
Required Experience 0 - 1 years



Application opens June 7, 2024 and is open until filled.


Located in Woodland, CA, the Yolo County RCD is a special district of the State of California. The RCD works closely with a variety of local and regional partners to restore and protect Yolo County watersheds through strategic conservation projects and programs and offers conservation planning and watershed coordination services to local residents and landowners. We have been helping people help the land since 1955, helping ensure clean and abundant water, healthy land and air, thriving wildlife and habitats, viable local farms and ranches, and wildfire resilient communities. Learn more about us on our website at www.yolorcd.org.


The RCD is seeking a dedicated professional who has a strong interest in working on conservation projects in an agricultural community. Under the supervision of the Field Manager, the Seasonal Field Technician will assist RCD staff with conservation planting, irrigation installations, weed management, and site maintenance on a variety of projects. Conservation projects might include seeding native grasslands, planting wildlife hedgerows, riparian areas, and pollinator habitats, and performing invasive weed management in working landscapes. Applicant should have experience with or be willing to learn to operate equipment including weed whacker, ATV, backpack sprayer, and pick-up truck pulling a trailer. Training will be provided. Candidates must have an interest in working outdoors in all types of conditions, a willingness to learn, and enjoy working on a team and with partners and clients with different perspectives, priorities, and temperaments. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of basic restoration practices and experience operating equipment. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) temporary position for six months. The position is non-exempt.

Salary Range: $49,499 - $66,766 annually ($23.80 – $32.10 hourly)

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with weed management activities, which may include but are not limited to herbicide application, mowing, weed whacking, and participating in controlled burns.
  • Monitor vegetation and weed populations.
  • Irrigate native plantings using a drip system with portable pumps, water truck, or crop irrigation piping.
  • Assist with revegetation efforts including planting native plants, collecting native plant materials for propagation, and propagating native plants in a nursery.
  • Disperse mulch around plantings for weed control and water conservation.
  • Drive a work truck in and outside of Yolo County, often with an equipment trailer.
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as needed.

Knowledge & Ability:

Knowledge of:

  • Native plant and invasive weed identification, resource conservation practices, watershed concepts, and vegetation management.
  • Familiarity with farming and ranching practices.
  • Basic tool and equipment operation, maintenance, and repair.

Ability to:

  • Communicate well and be highly organized.
  • Adapt to change, be mentally flexible, and have the desire to learn.
  • Work cooperatively with people with different perspectives, priorities, and temperaments.
  • Work independently, be highly motivated, and be a “self-starter.”
  • Engage with the public and present oneself in a professional manner.

Minimum Requirements or Experience:

Any combination of experience and education which provides the required knowledge and skills is acceptable, but applicants with significant progress toward or completion of a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture, landscape architecture, ecology, or natural resource related field or six (6) months experience working in these areas are preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to work in a variety of outdoor weather conditions, including rain, fog, intense sun, and extremes in temperature. Ability to navigate and work on difficult, uneven terrain and to engage in physical activities including placing or retrieving items below waist level, walking up to two miles, bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, reaching, working on irregular surfaces, frequent lifting of up to 25 pounds, and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds. Ability to use hand tools such as shovels, or equipment such as weed whackers for work purposes.


Required to possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license, Class C or higher, to carry out job related duties. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical or mental disability may request reasonable accommodation.



Please email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Nancy Musick, Office Manager, at musick@yolorcd.org. Applicants may later be asked to submit a driving record. The position is open until filled. If you would like additional information, please contact the email address above.

The Yolo County RCD is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates reflecting the social diversity of California are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

Category Botany, General / Stewardship