Mountains to Sound Greenway seeks Seasonal Restoration Technicians


April 28, 2012

 

Start date: May 16, 2012

Working on a small crew or in pairs, seasonal restoration technicians will identify, survey and control invasive plants and maintain riparian restoration projects throughout the Mountains to Sound Greenway. As a member of the Greenway Stewardship Program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a highly successful team in an energetic, productive and fast-paced environment. Through extensive hands-on involvement in a wide variety of projects and agency partnerships as well as environmental education, you will learn about ecological and recreational use issues on public natural lands and build skills in public land management.

Position Description
Temporary/seasonal, full-time, 4.5-month restoration technician position, with possible extension. Crew is based from Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, WA and works on surrounding public land. 10 hour workday, Tuesday-Friday and at times Wednesday-Saturday when working volunteer events. High physical demand; technicians will work in variable weather conditions, at times in remote locations, on difficult terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

Primary Responsibilities
Work with staff to complete ecological restoration projects including: manual, chemical and mechanical invasive weed control, noxious weed surveys, and plant establishment/site maintenance.
Lead Saturday volunteer land stewardship events in the Greenway twice a month, which includes developing relationships with and educating volunteers, especially youth, about the Greenway, site history, and other relevant information.
Potentially to include working for a portion of the season on new trail construction.
Work with hand tools, herbicides and power equipment.

Required Qualifications
Strong interest in ecological restoration and public land management.
At least one year of field experience with ecological restoration projects.
Familiarity with Northwest native plants and common invasive plants.
Familiarity with hand tools and how to use them.
Proven oral communication skills and ability to represent the program in a professional manner.
Ability to work independently and with a team and to plan and prioritize multiple tasks.
Clean driving record.
Transportation to Lake Sammamish daily (transportation from there to worksites is provided).

Desired Qualifications
Experience using herbicides to control invasive weeds.
Herbicide applicator’s license.
Experience surveying vegetation and using GPS.
CPR, basic first aid, and/or wilderness first aid a plus.

Compensation / Benefits
Salary is $14.00/hour. Hands-on experience in ecological restoration Opportunity to strengthen skills relating to public natural lands management and interact with a wide variety of groups and individuals while completing projects on multiple agencies lands as well as private parcels.

Hands-on and formal training may include: ecological restoration and other topics related to conservation and public natural lands management.

Program Mission and Challenge
The Greenway Stewardship Program provides long-term stewardship of public lands in the Mountains to Sound Greenway, which consists of over 800,000 acres of public lands along Interstate 90 from Seattle to Central Washington. This program works on federal, state, county and city lands completing tree plantings, invasive plant removal, riparian restoration, logging road removal, trail maintenance and construction, and a host of other stewardship activities. The involvement and education of thousands of volunteers yearly is a major component of the program.

In the early 1990s, with the population of the Seattle area rapidly growing, the farms and forests leading out of the city along Interstate 90 were threatened to be lost forever to urban sprawl. A group of citizens led the charge to find a better way. The Greenway Trust was formed and a diverse coalition of people created a vision to preserve, protect and enhance this corridor and its ecological and recreational resources. In the past 20 years over 125,000 acres of land has been added into public ownership tying together a 100-mile corridor of permanent public natural areas. At the same time, the budgets of public land management agencies have shrunk. The ability of our government agencies to manage the land in their care is threatened. The Greenway Stewardship Program was created to bring together the strengths and resources of several partners to help meet the challenge of caring for this important landscape.

About the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
The Greenway Trust is a non-profit organization working to protect forests and open spaces and to connect trails in a 100-mile corridor along Interstate 90, from Seattle to central Washington. (See mtsgreenway.org for more information). The Trust works with local, state and federal agencies, private companies, civic and environmental groups and volunteer organizations. The Greenway Trust actively seeks a diverse team of people who enjoy working together to high standards of productivity and quality.

Application Process
Please email a current resume and cover letter describing your past experiences as they relate to the position to: Jennifer.McKeown@mtsgreenway.org
Email responses are preferred, but hard copies will also be accepted. Jennifer McKeown, Restoration Project Coordinator Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, 911 Western Avenue, Suite 203, Seattle, WA 98104

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