Jan 14, 2020Full time
THE ROLE: The Restoration Associate Crew Leader performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. The crew leader will be part of a 3-person crew (1 crew leader and 2 crew members) that travels across West Michigan conducting maintenance, restoration, management, and monitoring of Conservancy preserves and partners lands. The Nature Conservancy in Michigan owns and manages three preserves in the West Michigan coastal geography, encompassing more than 1,700 acres. The Restoration Associate Crew Leader will work with the Restoration Associate to plan and direct work implementing invasive/exotic species removal using mechanical and/or chemical methods, conducts species monitoring and perform preserve maintenance activities. The applicant will use GPS and geographic information systems (GIS) to identify, record and map native and non-native, invasive species. The applicant will use and maintain equipment, power tools, vehicles, trailers and GPS units. The successful applicant will be able to navigate natural areas with map and GPS. RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers. Requires working in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Capable of identifying native and non-native plant species, including winter twig identification, and animal species to complete preserve management activities. Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain. Requires long hours in isolated settings, working closely with coworkers. Requires use and maintenance of restoration equipment daily. Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor. May work under infrequent supervision. May interact with preserve visitors and the public. REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management. Experience recognizing native/non-native plant and animal species. Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment. Experience working on a team. Experience performing physical work. Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license). 1-2 years’ experience in natural science related field or related experience in land management. Experience leading others in a field setting. Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems. Experience using herbicides for land management activities. Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; brush cutter, herbicide sprayers, lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, trailer, two-way radio, etc.). Ability to follow instructions from supervisor and colleagues and work cooperatively with others. Ability to communicate clearly via written and spoken in English. Ability to perform physical work, often under adverse weather conditions for long periods of time. Experience with ARC GIS and GPS units. Experience using computers with Microsoft office suite and database systems for maintaining accurate daily work logs, herbicide treatments and other monitoring data.