Native Plant Restoration Technician, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative

Teton County, WY

Job Title: Native Plant Restoration Technician

Organization: Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (NRCC) with the Nature Conservancy.

Location: Teton County, WY

Overview: Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (NRCC) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking a native plant restoration technician to join the dynamic team. Teton County, Wyoming- in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem- is home to some of the most intact and undisturbed lands in the country, with abundant wildlife, clean air, and expansive vistas; yet a variety disturbances such as wildfire and a changing climate threaten the ecosystems of Wyoming and the West. Currently seeking a native plant restoration technician to join in finding innovative solutions to the threats at hand. The restoration technician will assist with projects focused on the response of native plant communities to climate change and wildfire, the seasonal timing of ecological events – phenology, and invasive species management. The successful candidate will assist NRCC and TNC scientists with designing, installing and monitoring field experiments; assist with data collection, entry, management and reporting; work with a network of partners to determine best practices of restoration; and help lead volunteer citizen science events. 

Preferred Knowledge and Experience:

  • Field experience conducting research activities in sagebrush ecosystems, and knowledge of common plant species especially grasses and wildflowers.
  • Experience hiking and working in rugged terrain, bear country, and remote settings. Preferred experience with wilderness first aid, GPS navigation, and carrying a heavy day pack.
  • Experience working with plants in an outdoor, lab or greenhouse setting.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Experience with detailed data entry and data management.
  • Identification of plants using diagnostic tools such as dichotomous keys and field guides.
  • Ability to follow safety protocols for using small machinery, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Ability to work effectively on a small team.
  • Interest and ability to work with volunteers, school groups, and partners in the field.
  • Demonstrated ability to safely travel on primitive roads and trails.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience an asset.
  • Ethic of teamwork, communication, collaboration, time management and accountability.

Minimum qualifications: Currently enrolled in courses in Biology, Environmental Sciences, or related field. At least 6-months of experience, or related course-work in botany, plant identification, with preferred knowledge of Rocky Mountain flora, especially forbs and grasses of the sagebrush steppe. Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.

Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences, or related field. At least 1-2 years of experience or related course-work in botany, plant identification, with preferred knowledge of Rocky Mountain flora, especially forbs and grasses of the sagebrush steppe. Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.

Salary and overhead: Competitive based on experience and qualifications. Includes 35 hours of paid leave. Position does not include benefits or housing. Applicants should be aware that housing in Jackson region is difficult to find, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to secure housing by date of employment.

Preferred Dates of Employment: May 9 – October 14

Application Deadline: April 1 at midnight

How to Apply: Please send 1-2 page cover letter, professional resume, and three references to Trevor Bloom trevor@nrccooperative.org, and include “Native Plant Restoration Technician” in subject line of email. Contact Trevor Bloom for any additional questions.