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Native Seed Farm Crew Member (Technician) at The Center For Natural Lands Management - 14568

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Native Seed Farm Crew Member (Technician)
The Center For Natural Lands Management
17843 Gibson RD SW
98589 Tenino , WA ,
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Job Description: 

The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization, created in 1990, whose mission is the perpetual stewardship of natural and created conservation lands, sensitive species, and their resident ecosystems. Stewardship activities are currently divided between California and Washington. In the State of Washington, CNLM's South Puget Sound Program focuses on conservation of one of the rarest ecosystems in the United States, the prairie and oak woodlands of Cascadia, especially those lands and habitats within the South Sound Region. In that Region, the Program aims to protect, restore habitats, and support recovery of rare species that are candidates for federal listing.

The Native Seed Farm Crew Member (Technician) will be responsible to assist in the production of native plant seeds and plugs for use in natural land restoration. The Technician’s time will be split among CNLM’s farms and nursery sites in South Thurston county. Tasks may include all aspects of farm labor, collection and processing of native plant seed, sowing and maintaining native plant plugs, nursery maintenance, development of seed harvesting techniques and data management. The Technician will work with and occasionally lead a team consisting of staff, partner agencies, contractors and volunteers.

This position entails a high-level of responsibility and interpersonal skills, sound work ethic, and positive attitude during long field days. Development of positive and effective relationships with volunteers and partners is critical. The Technician must also be able to work independently, completing substantial tasks without direct supervision. The nursery program is science based and the Technician will be required to document and appropriately file all data pertinent to the operations on a regular basis.

The Technician is expected to be an integral member of the CNLM’s South Sound Program. They will become a staff information source on plant propagation, seed production, and processing.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

- Establish, maintain, weed, and harvest fields of native plants needed for seed production
- Assist with and conduct seed production at field scales
- Seed and maintain native plant plugs in the greenhouse
- Clean and process wild-collected and field-raised native plant seed
- Document daily activities including precise tracking of seed lots and farm labor
- Assist with development of species propagation and seed production techniques
- Fulfill other duties as assigned

- Regularly works in seed production fields and nurseries. Hikes across, and conducts work within, native habitats and uneven ground
- Regularly works in inclement weather including heat, cold, wind and rain
- Regularly sits or stands at a desk or computer workstation
- Regularly required to operate a CNLM vehicle
- Uses or oversees the use of powered equipment such as weed trimmers and chain saws
- Occasionally lifts, positions, or otherwise moves objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Education & Experience: 

- Labor crew experience. Farm labor experience highly desirable. Experience with seed production a plus
- Positive attitude through long days of outdoor physical work
- Comfortable operating power equipment and driving large vehicles including trucks and tractors
- Team-oriented with social skills that foster positive crew interactions with a diversity of individuals
- Ability to be detail-oriented while maintaining speed and efficiency
- Attention to accurate record-keeping
- Working knowledge of PC applications such as Microsoft Office Suite
- Possession and maintenance of a valid Washington driver’s license and safe driving record
- Familiarity with or interest in native Washington plant species

Application Instructions: 

TO APPLY: Qualified applicants must provide a detailed letter of interest, current résumé, and three professional references (names, affiliations, and contact information only). All applications will be acknowledged.

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