Restoration and Native Plant Nursery Technician
About Point Blue Conservation Science
At Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO), our mission is to advance the conservation of birds, other wildlife, and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach. Our 140 scientists work to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change, and other environmental threats while promoting nature-based solutions for wildlife and people, on land and at sea. As leaders and innovators in conservation science, Point Blue has the vision, the scientific rigor, the passion, and the people to guide and inspire positive conservation outcomes today for a healthy, blue planet teeming with life in the future. Because of the collaborative climate-smart conservation work we do today, healthy ecosystems will continue to sustain thriving wildlife and human communities well into the future.
Point Blue has an excellent work culture. Our location in Petaluma features an attractive work environment with immediate access to Shollenberger Park. Petaluma provides ample opportunities to experience the local culture via hiking trails, farmers markets, festivals and events, and much more!
About Point Blue’s STRAW Program
Point Blue’s watershed restoration and education program called STRAW, Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed, facilitates K-12 students in implementation of professionally designed restoration work on streams and wetlands throughout the San Francisco Bay Area from October to May. STRAW’s watershed science education activities emphasize project based learning and offers an integrated learning experience for students to work together, connect to their local watershed, and be empowered by their actions. Each year approximately 3,500 students participate in 50 restoration work days, planting more than 4,500 native plants. Restoration work typically includes native plant installation and/or biotechnical erosion control practices.
Point Blue seeks a reliable and enthusiastic person to fulfill the Restoration and Native Plant Nursery Technician position as part of the STRAW team. The technician assists with student-implemented restoration workdays during the winter and accompanying maintenance and monitoring of restoration sites during the summer. The position will also plan and implement day to day operations of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge Nursery. Responsibilities include seed collection, propagating plants, programming irrigation timers, irrigation maintenance and repair, following best management practices for a Phytophthora free nursery, weeding, leading and training volunteers, and working with interns. The position provides assistance to project managers with preparations for restoration and field work days, leading an intern crew on field days, and site maintenance work including watering, weeding, and other plant establishment activities.
- Perform the full range of duties as assigned, working independently and as part of a team, and exercising judgment and initiative.
- Assist project managers with planning and preparation for restoration project days. Tasks could include but are not limited to ordering and picking up restoration supplies, preparing field sites for restoration workdays, and communicating with teachers and partners involved with restoration workdays.
- Communicate with project managers regularly by maintaining accurate logs, data collection records, and basic written reports from field work days.
- Provide assistance to project managers as needed with data entry, photo-monitoring, and report writing.
- Provide technical and functional direction to an intern crew and/or volunteers. This involves coordination with project managers to plan tasks and supplies needed for the day.
- Oversee volunteers, including school groups, conservation corps crews, and other volunteer crews in the field and on restoration days by ensuring proper use of equipment, safety of all participants, and quality of work. Assist with planning coordination, and scheduling of spring and summer site maintenance and assess site needs and plant health in the field. Mentor interns; maintain good communication with landowners and partners.
- Organize and track restoration supplies for each project site as well as shared materials and tools.
- Operate mechanical tools and equipment such as weed whackers and all-terrain vehicles. (experience not necessary)
- Make appropriate use of related safety equipment, while observing safe work methods
- Lead all aspects of native plant propagation, all nursery operations and maintenance, including weed control, irrigation, seed collection and other tasks; maintain healthy plants and a clean nursery environment
- Manage location specific seed and cuttings collection; manage and maintain nursery, maintain demonstration gardens at nursery.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Minimum 1 year(s) experience in field application of habitat restoration practices and associated field safety protocols.
- Minimum 6 months experience working in a native plant nursery.
- Experience with native plant revegetation and invasive species removal techniques.
- Ability to install native plants from containers, transplants, or direct seeding methods.
- Experience with hand tools including shovels, pick mattocks, rock bars, weed whackers, etc.
- Experience in plant identification including use of dichotomous keys.
- BS degree or at least 2 years college course work in biology, ecology, horticulture or related field.
- Familiarity with Bay Area ecology including native and non-native vegetation as well as riparian and wetland habitat systems.
- Knowledge of current practices in restoration and resources management including invasive plant management, habitat restoration and installing and trouble-shooting drip irrigation systems.
- Must have a valid CA driver’s license
- Ability to drive a manual transmission vehicle is desired.
- Experience with driving work trucks, towing trailers, and driving off-road/4WD.
- Excellent work ethic and able to spend 4-5 full days a week working outdoors in all weather conditions.
- Available to work weekends occasionally.
- Ability to maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, partners, and other community members; ability to work on a team and independently.
- Possess initiative, creativity, problem-solving ability, with direct communication and collaborative work style.
- Proficient computer skills; knowledge and familiarity with using Microsoft Office suite.
- Leadership experience, such as volunteer or intern training and leadership
- Bilingual in Spanish and English is desired.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary is $22.00 per hours. Point Blue offers a 401(k) plan with employer match contribution, 100% health care coverage for employees, full dental care, and partial coverage of dependents including domestic partners. This position will require occasional travel and will involve working some weekends and evenings.
Please upload your resume, three references with contact information, and a cover letter describing why you would be a good fit for the Restoration and Native Plant Nursery Technician position by May 22nd, 2017 to https://goo.gl/VbBde4. We will begin reviewing applications as we receive them, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Contact Leia Giambastiani (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about the position.
Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in a uniformed service or membership in any other class protected by applicable law. We will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and /or participate in the interview process.