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Precision Restoration Technician

The Nature Conservancy, burns, Oregon

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 05/06/2019

Are you an emerging field technician looking to gain hands on experience as part of a team of scientists in Oregon’s high desert? Do you have strong attention to detail and enjoy participating in restoration-focused research projects? You could be one of our next Precision Restoration Technicians that will join us from July 2019-December 2019 in Burns, Oregon.

The Desert’s team is looking for three technicians who will support preparation and implementation of projects via lab and field work (50%), and collect data in support of field research, monitoring, and assessment projects (30%). Other duties will include data entry (10%) and other conservation/science tasks as directed (10%). You will primarily work on the Conservancy’s Sagebrush Sea Innovative Restoration project by producing and field-testing enhanced seed materials which are designed to increase the success of native perennial vegetation restoration in wildlands prone to invasion by exotic weeds. Other projects may include traveling to sagebrush sea states (ID, NV, UT, WY) to install and monitor field experiences, conducting seeding on Conservancy preserves, performing controlled germination experiments, and assisting with projects in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies.

In case you’re not familiar, The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and 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, and therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

As a leader in Oregon’s conservation community, our team of scientists and problem solvers directly protects the iconic landscapes and inspiring locations that define our great state. From working to reduce the severity of fires in our forests and designing our clean water future to developing innovative technologies with fisherman and ranchers that sustainably protect both nature and livelihoods, The Nature Conservancy is building a future where people and nature thrive together.

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:
• Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months’ experience.
• Experience working with seeds or plants in an outdoor or lab or greenhouse setting.
• Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.

Desired qualifications:
• Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• Field experience conducting research activities in sagebrush ecosystems, and knowledge of common plant species.
• Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.
• Ability to identify plant species using diagnostic tools such as a dichotomous key.
• Ability to follow safety protocols for using small machinery, hand tools, and power tools in field and lab/shop environment.
• Ability to work effectively on a small team.
• Demonstrated ability to safely travel on primitive roads and trails.

The Sagebrush Ecology Technician is a full-time, 40 hours per week seasonal position with a target start date of July 1, 2019 and ending December 13, 2019. Our preferred hiring range is $18.95-$19.90 per hour.

Interested in finding out more?
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Applications must be submitted by 8:59 PM PST on May 6, 2019 to be considered.

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 diverse people of all genders, 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

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