Seasonal Restoration Technician

Solano Resource Conservation District

Dixon, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $20-22/hr
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Position Summary  

Solano RCD is hiring two (2) Seasonal Restoration Technicians for the summer 2022 field season. 

Seasonal Restoration Technicians (SRT) will assist with habitat restoration projects in Solano County.  The primary focus of this summer position will be invasive weed control in the Putah Creek corridor as well as the Delta. Additional tasks may include irrigation operation and maintenance, native plant propagation, and monitoring of native plants. The technician position is an outdoor, field-based position that will require work in wildland settings, inclement weather, and temperature extremes. The SRT position is geared towards individuals who are considering a career or course of study in restoration ecology, landscape management, environmental studies, botany, or biology.   

Work Schedule 

The position will begin in the second half of July and run through late September or early October 2022.  

The work week consists of three 8-10 hour work days.  Work days will occur Monday through Friday and we will establish a regular schedule based on your availability and the project needs. Work days may occasionally be rescheduled based on weather and field conditions. Start times between 6-7:30 AM will be typical. 

There is some flexibility around the number of work days and the length of the commitment; please apply if you are interested and it will be discussed further during the interview. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Primary: 

  • Weed control: Herbicide application, weed whacking, mowing, and manual weed removal. 
  • Irrigation: Operating pumps, hand watering, and installing and maintaining drip irrigation systems. 
  • Transportation: Driving pick-up trucks, towing trailers and equipment, loading and unloading tools, plants, mulch, and supplies. 

Secondary: 

  • Planting: Field collection and propagation from seeds and cuttings. 
  • Monitoring: Observing and recording plant health, weed populations, and wildlife. 
  • Fire and Flood Recovery: Removing vegetation, clean-up, mulching and seeding. 

This position is 90% outdoor field work. Project sites include grasslands, riparian and wetland habitat, hedgerows, vegetated canals, public lands, urban parks, and farm and ranch ponds. On-the-job training will be provided to Seasonal Restoration Technicians for all technical habitat restoration activities, including the safe use of equipment and herbicides.  Applicants must be able to work as a team member and also independently at project sites.   

Work days will begin and end at our office in Dixon, CA. Transportation to field sites will be in Solano RCD vehicles. Our Covid-19 policy may require masks in shared vehicles, the office, and indoor spaces. SRTs may occasionally need to drive their personal vehicles to field sites and Solano RCD will provide mileage compensation at the IRS-approved rate. 

Minimum Qualifications                 

  • Experience and enthusiasm for working outdoors. 
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License and have personal liability insurance. 
  • Must be able to lift, bend, stoop, kneel, and carry heavy objects up to 50 pounds.  

Desired Qualifications 

  • Experience applying herbicides with backpack sprayers and ATVs 
  • Demonstrated interest in California native plants, habitat restoration, botany, or ecology. 
  • Experience operating weed whackers, power equipment, ATVs/UTVs, trailers. 
  • Familiarity with the communities, agricultural lands, and natural landscapes of Solano County. 
  • Degree or course work in environmental studies, botany, biology, or restoration ecology. 

Conditions of Employment 

  • Must be able to work in a variety of environments, temperature and weather extremes, standing/walking outdoors in extreme temperatures as well as on uneven terrain. 
  • Must be a team player with an ability to work with staff, Board members and local landowners who have a diverse range of backgrounds, motivations and interests.   
  • Employment at the Solano RCD is employment at-will. Employment at-will may be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time by the employee or the District. 

Compensation and Benefits 

The Seasonal Restoration Technician position is temporary, part-time, and non-exempt (hourly) with a wage of $20-22/hour, depending on experience. A monthly medical stipend will be provided. Paid holidays will be provided. SRTs will receive a uniform stipend and cell phone allowance. 

HOW TO APPLY

Submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and a 1-2 page resume with two professional references to Caitlyn Morrissey at caitlyn.morrissey@solanorcd.org.  The positions are open until filled, please submit your application by Friday, July 1st to be considered in the first round of application reviews. 

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