|Salary Details||$59,314-$89,718 per year|
|Deadline||Dec 01, 2023|
|Required Experience||2 - 6 years|
This position serves as a WeedWise Specialist for the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District (District). This is an “at-will”, non-exempt, full-time, 3-year TERM position subject to available funding and the General Employment Policies of the District. Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District is a local unit of government that operates as a special district of Oregon. The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District is governed by a board of locally elected directors, and receives its funding through a permanent tax rate, contracts, and grants.
This WeedWise Specialist works with residents and land managers to assess, evaluate, plan, implement, and monitor conservation practices to minimize the impact of invasive weeds on the economic, ecological, and social resources of our region. The WeedWise Specialist position provides technical assistance and project management to the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, WeedWise Program by supporting weed management, outreach, data management, and associated administrative tasks.
The WeedWise Specialist must have a strong familiarity with invasive plants and their management, strong project management skills; data collection and management; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; and the ability to clearly communicate with District staff and with project partners both verbally and in writing. The person in this position is an integral member of the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District’s WeedWise Program. The WeedWise Specialist is expected to provide technical expertise, exemplary service, and to perform all aspects of their work in a professional manner.
- Project development and management: Develop weed control projects within the Mt Hood National Forest to support infrastructure development and maintenance. Tasks will involve identifying and evaluating project sites, developing a management plan and operational budget for a site, writing work orders, implementing restoration efforts, coordinating with partners and contractors, documenting project activities, and monitoring results and outcomes.
- Implementation of weed control activities: Implement a variety of weed control practices within the Mt Hood National Forest. This will include implementation of weed control efforts as part of the Priority Weed Control program initiative. Tasks will include implementing weed control activities using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices including coordinating restoration contractors. Implementation of weed control activities may require working alone in rugged and undeveloped sites in remote locations.
- Invasive plant surveys: Conduct invasive plant surveys within the Mt Hood National Forest to evaluate and document infestations and their extent. The WeedWise Program Specialist must have familiarity with invasive and native plants. Surveys include recording information associated with priority species including size, location, percent cover, and distribution.
- Public outreach and land manager assistance: Provide education and outreach associated with efforts implemented through the Priority Weed Control and Technical Assistance program initiatives. Tasks will include one-on-one interactions with land managers, helping with the development of outreach materials, attending and participating in outreach events, teaching workshops, meeting with community groups and organizations, presenting information to the public, responding to public inquiries, and contacting land managers to coordinate weed control efforts.
- Maintain positive working relationships: Responsible for maintaining a positive working relationship with partners, customers, coworkers, board directors, and other officials by being responsive and respectful with people having a diverse range of needs and cultural backgrounds.
- Data management: Collect and manage data associated with invasive plant observations, site information, landowner interactions, and treatments. Tasks will include collecting data, analyzing data, ensuring data quality. Provide trainings and guidance to contractors and partners on the proper use of our mobile data platform. The WeedWise Specialist must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, ESRI ArcGIS, and ESRI ArcGIS Online to assist with contractor assignment and data collection in the field.
- Project reporting, documentation, & writing: Provide documentation and report writing in support of all WeedWise program activities. This includes documenting weed control activities and methods employed, preparing project summaries and reports, and providing regular summaries of activities to the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District’s Management and Board of Directors.
- Grants and Contracting: Assist the WeedWise Program Manager in preparing grant proposals and contracts as needed to complete work. Specific tasks may include drafting grant proposals, developing project scopes, and reviewing grants, contracts, and agreements.
- Budgeting and Invoicing: Responsible for reviewing invoices and working with vendors for completeness and accuracy, completing District forms to secure payment for vendors, and tracking project and program expenses in conjunction with other WeedWise staff.
- Mt Hood National Forest Coordination: Coordinate weed control activities associated with infrastructure development on the Mt Hood National Forest. This work involves facilitating communication between Mt Hood National Forest Staff and the WeedWise program. Tasks associated with this position include coordinating meetings, coordinating with partners, providing outreach and communication to effected land managers, invoice processing, budget tracking, report writing, presentation of results, among other associated tasks. Mt Hood infrastructure activities will be planned and implemented in conjunction with the WeedWise Program Manager and Mt Hood National Forest staff.
- Partner collaboration and facilitation: May serve as the Conservation District representative at meetings and collaborative events, as directed by the WeedWise Manager. This may include coordinating and facilitating activities amongst partnering organizations with diverse interests and differing levels of expertise.
- Training Occasionally provide orientation, training, and supervision to technicians, volunteers, interns, contractors, or new employees as needed or as assigned.
- Other Duties: Perform all other tasks as assigned.
- The WeedWise Specialist is directly supervised by the WeedWise Program Manager. All District employees are subject to the policies and procedures of the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District as overseen by the District Manager under the authority of the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors.
- The WeedWise Specialist fulfills assigned work tasks with a high degree of independence, using their own judgement and initiative to resolve many problems with or without supervisory consultation. The WeedWise Specialist will use judgment and discretion in determining which issues or problems should be brought to the attention of the WeedWise Program Manager, and whether to initiate action prior to consultation. Work will be planned in advance and submitted to WeedWise Program Manager for review. The WeedWise Program Manager will be available to discuss problems or concerns, however, work is reviewed in terms of success in meeting performance standards.
- The WeedWise Specialist is a non-supervisory and is not responsible for supervision of other employees.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The WeedWise Program Specialist must have:
- Knowledge of the ecology and biology of native and invasive plant communities in western Oregon.
- Knowledge of conservation practices applicable to natural resource conservation on rural and urban properties.
- Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) control methods including but not limited to the use of manual, mechanical, cultural, and chemical control practices, as well as the safe and responsible operation of associated weed control equipment, herbicides, sprayers, and personal protection equipment (PPE);
- Skill using computers and field-based technology for correspondence, data entry, data analysis and management using Microsoft Office Suite.
- Skill using computers and field-based technology for GIS/GPS mapping, data collection, and management.
- Skill in communicating and writing.
- Skill in project management and coordination.
- Ability to work collaboratively with partners.
- Skill in grant and project reporting
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
- Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle during daylight hours, after dark, and during inclement weather.
REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATIONS, AND QUALIFICATIONS
- A Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, weed science, natural resource management, or a related science, and three years of comparable experience working for a natural resource organization, agency, or business; or five years of comparable experience working for a natural resource organization, agency, or business
- Experience working with on-the-ground implementation of conservation practices associated with invasive species/native plant ecology and management.
- Experience collecting field data and maintaining field notes.
- Must have a current Public Pesticide Applicator’s License or secure a license within three months of hire date.
- Sufficient mobility and ability, with or without reasonable accommodations, to perform the physical functions of the job, both in the office and in the field (see Working Conditions).
DESIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATIONS, AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field.
- Experience using ESRI ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and Field Maps.
- Certification and/or experience using a chainsaw.
- Experience working in remote and rugged terrain.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL ABILITIES AND WORKING CONDITIONS
- Work is performed in both an office environment and in the field. Office work involves significant time sitting at a computer station, keyboarding, standing at a table, and using typical office equipment. Physical requirements include adequate vision and sufficient manual dexterity to operate a computer, and the ability to sit for long periods, to stand, and to lift up to 50 pounds, with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Field work includes working in and around rugged locations such as rivers, streams and ponds, properties with dense vegetation or woodlands, and other areas with steep, slippery, muddy, rocky, or other hazardous terrains. The ability to walk and to carry weight up to 50 pounds, with or without reasonable accommodation on rough terrain and to work and drive in a variety of weather conditions is essential.
- Field work requires handling, mixing, and spraying herbicides and other chemicals that may be hazardous if mishandled. The ability to read and follow labels requirements, and to safely handle herbicides and other chemicals in a variety of field conditions is essential.
- This position may require work outdoors related to workshops, tours, farmers markets, feed stores, field days, and other District-sponsored programs and events. These events may occur during inclement weather.
- This position is generally a 40-hour work week. Regular work hours are between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Periodic travel to meetings, events, and training is required. Some event and weekend meetings may occasionally require overnight stays of more than two consecutive nights.
- The WeedWise Program Specialist shall perform all duties in a prudent and sensible manner, following established policies and procedures.
- Office work is required in conjunction with field activities, but when feasible this position is eligible to be under a hybrid work model which allows work to be done at a home office and in the District office located in Beavercreek, OR pending District Manger approval.
- To perform the duties of this position, the WeedWise Specialist must serve as incidental motor vehicle operator during daylight hours, after dark and during inclement weather. To carry out these assigned duties, a current and valid Oregon driver’s license is required.
- Appointees will be subject to completion of a standard probationary period.
The essential physical abilities described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skill required of all personnel so classified. This job description is not an employment agreement and/or an expressed or implied employment contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.
Apply Today! Application Deadline is December 1, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.
To apply for this position, candidates must complete the online application, complete the online qualification assessment, and upload a cover letter and resume through our online document submission form. LInks for the application process may be found on our website.
Concurrent Position Announcements
The Clackamas SWCD will be advertising additional WeedWise positions during the open period of this announcement. Candidates are encouraged to apply for multiple positions as they are made available. Recruitment for these positions will be undertaken concurrently.
When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.
|Category||Botany, Ecology, General / Stewardship, Restoration|
|Tags||GIS, Outreach, Entomology|