Field Staff Assistant, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

Escalante River Watershed, UT

Organization: Escalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP)

Duties: The Field Staff position is a full-time seasonal position – from approximately mid Feb/March through November. This is a field position to complete work on the Escalante River Restoration Project, which focuses on non-native woody invasive removal, mainly Russian olive, along the Escalante River and its tributaries. Woody invasive removal projects also include follow-up restoration efforts, such as treatment of re-growth, and monitoring past and future work sites.

The Major Tasks include:

  • Conduct treatments of invasive plants on public lands, as directed, including new treatment, retreatment, and monitoring. This requires carrying heavy packs over rough terrain for up to 10 miles one way to reach project sites
  • Work with other field staff and interns to complete weekly work goals
  • Oversee conservation corps crews working on restoration, ensure quality of work, and have a lead role in the joint conservation corps training
  • Help with and provide logistics for the horsepacking operations
  • Keep all project equipment and supply storage sheds organized and clean
  • Work with supervisor to keep project database up-to-date, and ensure mapping and data entry are complete
  • Oversee all logistical support for volunteer groups working on restoration
  • Responsible for managing proper use and storage of herbicides and EPA restricted use chemicals associated with exotic plant control in a safe and effective manner, including keeping application records up-to-date and assist with end of season reports
  • Ability to identify native trees and shrubs from non-native woody species and train conservation corps members and volunteers to also identify these species to avoid damaging non-target species
  • Driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle over rough terrain

Desired qualifications: Technical working knowledge of the following:

  • Experience backpacking, hiking, and navigating in remote wilderness areas
  • Ability to carry a heavy pack over rough terrain for up to 10 miles
  • Have wilderness first responder training or ability to obtain this certification
  • Have Utah State Herbicide Applicators License or ability to obtain this certification
  • Proficient with chainsaw safety, use, and maintenance
  • Available to work a flexible schedule, especially during the field season
  • Capability to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle over rough terrain

In addition:

  • Will need to be, or quickly become, familiar with all project locations, routes, and emergency evacuation routes
  • Possess a valid state driver’s license and Department of the Interior Defensive Driving certificate will be required to drive a Federal vehicle
  • A Department of the Interior security clearance will also be required to use facilities and computers

How to apply: To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and two professional references to Stephanie Minnaert at stephanie@gsenm.org. Applications due no later than Friday, February 17th, 2017

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