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Lead Restoration Field Technician at Point Blue Conservation Science - 16112

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Lead Restoration Field Technician
Point Blue Conservation Science
3820 Cypress Drive #11
94954 Petaluma , CA ,
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Job Description: 

We’re looking for an enthusiastic team member to assist in habitat restoration projects with Point Blue’s Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed program. The Lead Restoration Technician will help in a primarily field-based role to facilitate K-12 student and staff planting days, lead work groups and apprentices, organize logistics, maintain sites working independently, and assist team members. This role will support STRAW’s fast-growing programming in the South Bay with opportunity for career growth and future promotion.

Position Obligation:
Full Time: This is a 40 hour a week position, Monday-Friday. Saturday work may be required periodically. This position will start August 29th with the potential for indefinite employment.

Location of work:
The applicant will need transportation to our headquarters in Petaluma; however, the majority of work will take place in Santa Clara and San Benito Counties. This position operates throughout the Bay Area in remote field locations with uneven terrain, limited vehicle access, limited cell phone reception, and sometimes in a solitary capacity. Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions such as rain, heat, wind, and cold temperatures.

Salary will range between $20-$25/hr, depending on previous experience. Full time technicians receive health insurance, paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave with a 401k plan with employer match contribution after 500 hours of employment.

About Point Blue:
Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue, formerly PRBO), based in Petaluma, California, is a growing and internationally renowned nonprofit with over 160 staff and scientists. Founded in 1965 and working from California to Antarctica, we advance conservation of nature for wildlife and people through science, partnerships, and outreach. Our scientists work closely with wildlife managers, private landowners, ranchers, farmers, other scientists, major conservation groups, and federal, state, and local government agencies. Our highest priority today is to increase the pace, scale, and impact of climate-smart conservation. Learn more by exploring this site.

Point Blue is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Core responsibilities of the position include:
● The variability of STRAW’s work is based on seasonality, and the following timeline is meant to be a guide and not an exhaustive list of core responsibilities:
○ November - March
■ Restoration Days
● Implement restoration practices (such as planting, irrigation system set-up, watering and plant care, plant removal, seed collection, plant pathogen prevention, equipment and supplies upkeep) with Project Managers and Senior Project Managers, other techs, and apprentices.
● Train and lead students and adults during work days.
■ Environmental Education
● Assist with education tasks such as teaching at schools, supporting our teacher network, and performing outreach.
○ April - October
■ Maintenance Days
● Implement restoration practices such as irrigation, plant removal, willow harvesting and seed collection.
● Work full-days in the field independently, without volunteers.
● Tool maintenance upkeep and restoration site preparation.
■ Data Monitoring
● Collection of data such as plant health and growth
● Communicating site needs to project coordinators
● Motivated to become proficient in new skills (e.g. towing trailers, operating mechanical tools, plant and wildlife monitoring).
● Approach new and diverse perspectives with a strong sense of self-awareness.
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and the local community.

Education & Experience: 

● Valid US driver’s license (4 year minimum) with favorable driving history to drive company owned vehicles
● Approved background check and fingerprinting to work with students
● Minimum 2 years in school, work, or training related to:
○ natural resource management, habitat restoration, natural sciences, horticulture, biology, ecology, restoration, botany, agronomy, agriculture, wildlife management, small engine repair, mechanics, engineering, hydrology, irrigation, landscaping, traditional ecological knowledge or related work
● Capability to lift up to 40 pounds and complete strenuous physical tasks
● Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Suite, including spreadsheets, word processing, and email applications
● Commitment to comply with COVID safety protocols in alignment with school requirements

Application Instructions: 

How to Apply:
Submit resume and application via link below by Sunday, July 24th at 11:59pm.

Paper copies are also available outside of the Point Blue offices, and we are able to accommodate sending a copy and receiving an application through postal mail or fax. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Benson at or 1(707)781-2555 ext 305.

Hiring Timeline:
STRAW is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all aspects of programming and highly encourages racially marginalized individuals to apply for this position.
● Application Deadline - Sunday, July 24th at 11:59pm
○ Submit resume and application via this link:
● Interviews - Monday, August 8th - Wednesday, August 10th
○ Thirty minute interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
○ Interview questions will be shared beforehand.
● Notification of Status - Friday, August 19th

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