Seasonal Restoration Technician, Santa Lucia Conservancy

Carmel, CA

Job Title: Seasonal Restoration Technician

Organization: Santa Lucia Conservancy

Location: Carmel, CA

Organization Overview: The Santa Lucia Conservancy (Conservancy) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust incorporated in 1995 to steward and protect the ecological integrity of the Santa Lucia Preserve within the Santa Lucia Mountain Range in Carmel, California. They are dedicated to advancing the art and science of conservation-compatible development through adaptive land management, conservation easement stewardship, ecological research, and environmental education programs. The Conservancy actively manages 18,000 acres of contiguous lands within the 20,000-acre Santa Lucia Preserve to protect and enhance their extraordinary ecological values. Approximately 10,000 acres, 50%, are owned by The Conservancy and approximately 8,000 acres, 40%, are owned by individual landowners and managed through conservation easements held by the Conservancy. The Conservancy works with a variety of academic and environmental partners to conduct and promote land management and ecological research to increase the understanding of the interactions between human communities and the natural environment.

Position Overview: Under the direction of the Restoration Manager and Seasonal Restoration Technician Lead, the Seasonal Restoration Technician is a highly physical, field-based position responsible for performing duties related to invasive species management, invasive species mapping, restoration projects, and supporting land management activities as needed. This position is expected to run from February 7, 2022 -July 29, 2022, though these dates are subject to change.


95% Implementation of Restoration Program: Invasive species and brush management rely on various treatments performed throughout the six-month term of the Seasonal Restoration Technician. This task is led by the Restoration Manager and assisted by the Seasonal Restoration Technician Lead and the Seasonal Restoration Technician.

  • Assist with restoration projects focusing on invasive species management throughout The Preserve.
  • Perform invasive species management practices through a variety of manual, mechanical and herbicide techniques
  • Use hand tools, mowers, chainsaws, and backpack herbicide sprayer for invasive species management
  • Map invasive species populations and treatments
  • Load, haul, and maintain tools, materials, and equipment
  • Maintain tools, equipment, and a safe and secure work environment

5% Administrative Duties

  • Mapping and accurate recordkeeping of herbicide tools, records, and treatments
  • Staff and departmental meetings
  • Other team activities


  • Respectful interactions with landowners and Preserve staff
  • Supporting other Conservancy staff in field-related duties as time permits
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Follow directions accurately, timely and completely with minimal supervision
  • Safe and responsible conduct in field and office environments, including use of vehicle and power equipment such as: chainsaws, sprayer, tractor, hooking up and towing a trailer, loading heavy equipment etc.
  • Competency in field-based data collection/mapping with aptitude for learning new systems, software and technologies
  • Must hold, or be able to acquire within 30 days, a valid California driver’s license with a clean record
  • Must be able to safely lift and carry at least 40lbs
  • This position demands highly physical work and/or adverse working conditions in remote locations. Extensive walking in uneven terrain required. Fluent spoken and written English required. Vehicles provided while on the job site only; personal vehicles may be required for social distancing while going to and from the job site.

Start/End dates: February 7, 2022 – July 29, 2022

Salary/pay: $20/hr

Application Deadline: December 5

How to apply: Please submit your application in one PDF format with “Seasonal Restoration Tech” in the subject line to Jackson Brooke, Restoration Manager.

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter describing your skills and personal connection to land conservation.
  • Resume
  • Up to three personal and/or professional references.
  • Please state in the cover letter if you have full Covid vaccination status or are unvaccinated.

The Conservancy is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.