The Nature Conservancy Restoration Technician in Bristol, Florida

OFFICE LOCATION

Bristol, Florida (FL) FL408

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The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Restoration Technician is based in the North Florida Program office and participates in Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service and other partner land management and restoration activities.

This is a collaborative position between The Nature Conservancy’s North Florida Program (NFL) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Apalachicola National Forest. The work will be shared between the two cooperators across the central panhandle region. This full-time position has currently identified financial support until September 30th, 2018 and no guarantees can be made that the position will extend beyond that date. However, The Nature Conservancy is an employer at will and the employment relationship may end at any time. Co-ed housing and basic utilities, with the exception of telephone, will be provided in a Conservancy residence as taxable income to the employee.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Restoration Technician performs land management and restoration activities in the longleaf pine community and embedded isolated wetlands. S/he removes exotic species, participates in prescribed fire program, assists in forestry field data collection, assists with restoration contract management and oversight, and conducts rare species monitoring. S/he assists with fleet, equipment and tool maintenance. The Restoration and Invasive Species Technician will maintain records using a database or PC.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff, contractors or volunteers.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • Requires flexible schedule including extended workdays, weekend and holiday work
  • Often requires working in isolated settings.
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • May work under infrequent supervision.

Florida Specific Responsibilities:

  • Participates in forest management, restoration, and wildlife monitoring efforts on Conservancy-owned and partner-owned conservation lands. Associated tasks will include, but not limited to invasive species control, restoration contract field oversight, biological monitoring and prescribed fire
  • Participates as a fire team crew member on prescribed burns conducted by The Nature Conservancy and various partner agencies. Participate on wildfires if requested.
  • Assist with monitoring of contractors involved with various land management activities (e.g. invasive species control and isolated wetland restoration)
  • Participates in various ecological monitoring activities, including annual surveys for the federally threatened frosted flatwoods salamander.
  • Must meet minimum TNC – National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training and health requirements for wildland fires at the arduous level. For Florida: 3 mile walk with a 45 pound pack vest with a time of 45 minutes or less.
  • Participates in various preserve maintenance activities (e.g. facility upkeep, fence construction/repair, and trail maintenance).
  • Perform various prescribed fire and wildfire duties, if qualified, including ignition, holding, mop-up, engine operation, engine bossing, crew bossing, gather fire weather data.
  • Must have familiarity with the safe operation of equipment and off-road vehicles, and must follow recommended safety guidelines and precautions specified for said work.
  • Operate fire equipment, if qualified, including ignition devices, 4 WD trucks, ATV’s, UTV’s, portable pumps, pump engines, port-a-tanks, tractors, backpack blowers, brushcutters, chain saws, hand tools, and GPS units.
  • Ability to safely implement integrated pest management methods for control of invasive, non-native plants and other nuisance plants, including chemical (herbicide) and manual treatments.
  • Ability to successfully complete State of Florida Certified Pesticide Applicator training within 3 months of hire.
  • Will use Conservancy-owned vehicles. Must hold a valid state driver’s license.
  • Will be required to provide reliable transportation from Conservancy housing to an office located 8 miles away.
  • Will use USFS-owned vehicles. Must be able to complete USFS defensive driver training and certification
  • Maintain personal appearance in professional, presentable fashion, suitable to represent the North Florida Program to agency partners and the public.
  • Good interpersonal skills. Ability to maintain positive morale under adverse working conditions. Ability to get along in a group setting.
  • Willingness to live in a rural setting and work in close contact with coworkers of varying backgrounds and dispositions
  • Ability to complete tasks within assigned timeframes, frequently in the absence of supervision.
  • PC familiarity, including database knowledge, in order to maintain preserve records.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).
  • Must meet NWCG 310-1 training requirements for Basic Wildland Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2). Willingness to work outdoors in hot weather. Current Red Card and First aid training a plus.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete land management activities.
  • Experience working with contractors for invasive species control or other land management activities.
  • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, etc.).
  • Small engine repair expertise
  • PC familiarity, including database knowledge.
  • Experience using ArcGIS and GPS software and hardware to collect and manipulate spatial data.

AUTO SAFETY POLICY

This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply to position number 45388, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 5/24/17.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of *The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.*

Job Title: Restoration Technician

Location: Florida

Job ID: 45388

Regular/Temporary: Regular