Seasonal Restoration Crew Assistant Lead

Position Summary

Join our team! The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is hiring a six-person restoration crew for the 2019 field season (late February into November). As a member of the Greenway Trust Stewardship Program, you will have the opportunity to work with a highly successful team in an energetic, productive and fast-paced environment. Through extensive hands-on involvement in projects and agency partnerships, you will learn about ecological issues on public natural lands and build skills in public land management. You will be working variably as a six-, four- and two-person team, occasionally with Greenway Trust and partner agency and organization staff and/or groups of volunteers, to identify, survey, and control invasive plants, install native trees and shrubs, and maintain riparian and other ecological restoration projects throughout the Mountains to Sound Greenway. Position Start Date: February 26, 2019

This job announcement is for a crew member position. This position is temporary/seasonal and full-time, for approximately 8 months, with the possibility for short-term extension and annual renewal. The restoration crew will be primarily focused on planting, weed survey and weed control projects in partnership with several public land management agency partners. The position is highly physical and demanding in nature; the crew will work in variable weather conditions, at times in remote locations, and on difficult terrain. Full days will be spent surveying for invasive weeds and applying herbicide while wearing a 30-pound backpack sprayer.

The Restoration Crew Assistant Lead is responsible for assisting with the oversight of the seasonal crew consisting of one Lead, one Assistant Crew Lead and four Crew Members. The Assistant Lead will help with overseeing manual, chemical and mechanical invasive weed control; noxious weed surveys using a handheld GPS unit; site maintenance and plant establishment; monitoring of project successes, and maintenance of existing project sites. The duties will include direct field supervision of the crew in the absence of the Crew Lead, direct supervision and responsibility for a subset of the crew, mandatory safety check-ins, tracking and reporting of field results and crew timesheets, strong daily communication with the Restoration Projects Manager, and the assistance in oversight of chemical and mechanical equipment use including troubleshooting and repairs.

The right candidate will be experienced and skilled in restoration techniques, be able to work both independently and in a leadership role with the crew, have a minimum of one season on restoration crew with some leadership responsibilities, and is a strong communicator, detail-oriented and quality-driven, and have general interest in the Greenway Trust’s mission and goals.


  • Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License with an aquatic endorsement and/or the ability to obtain prior to date of employment.
  • At least one season of experience with pesticide application.
  • Wilderness First Aid certification or ability to obtain prior to date of employment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead crews in proper restoration techniques
  • Strong plant identification skills, with ability to learn Pacific Northwest native and invasive plants and educate others on proper identification.
  • Demonstrated ability to use soft skills in leadership, such as
    • Strong Work Ethic
    • Positive Attitude
    • Good Communication Skills
    • Time Management Abilities
    • Problem-Solving Skills
    • Acting as a Team Player
    • Self-Confidence
    • Ability to Accept and Learn From Criticism
  • Experience in proper use of tools and conducting routine maintenance of tools, including backpack sprayers, EZ Ject lances, injection guns, brushcutters, and other restoration equipment.
  • Ability to work long days wearing a 30-pound backpack and applying herbicide to targeted invasive plant species.
  • Experience surveying vegetation and using a GPS device.
  • Ability to delegate tasks as appropriate, and support the Crew Lead in serving as the liaison between the Restoration Projects Manager and the Crew in communicating priorities and goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team, project partners, neighborhood groups and volunteers, and represent the Greenway Trust in a professional manner in all interactions.
  • Ability to conduct quality assurance and quality control checks, and correct Crew Members as necessary in standards and expectations of work qualities.
  • Attention to detail and ability to accurately track and report on project metrics, activities, and accomplishments.
  • A positive attitude, and an ability to motivate crews through challenging environments and situations.
  • An aptitude for problem solving, flexibility, and adaptability, and an ability to represent the program in a professional manner.
  • Insurable driving record and ability to pass a criminal history background check.



  • Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Experience in Pacific Northwest native and non-native plant identification.
  • Experience with ArcGIS 10.5 or equivalent.
  • Ability to drive full-sized trucks on rough terrain, and experience pulling a trailer.
  • Relevant post-secondary education in a natural resource field.



The restoration crew reports to the Restoration Projects Manager.



Salary is $19.00 per hour.

This seasonal position is not eligible for paid time off including holiday pay. There may be a possibility of unpaid days off due to inclement weather. Benefits include all legally required items, including paid sick time that accrues at the rate of one hour per 40 hours worked, and the option of participation in the Greenway Trust retirement plan.



The restoration crew is based out of the Greenway Trust Field Office at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, and will work on surrounding public lands. The restoration crew works a 10-hour workday, on a Tuesday-Friday schedule, with occasional Saturday volunteer events. The position is currently scheduled to run from late-February into November 2019 with a possible extension thereafter. This position is contingent upon funding secured by the Greenway Trust.



Please reference which position you are applying to in your cover letter. The cover letter should have 2-3 examples of why you want to work for the Greenway Trust, your leadership style, including successes or failures that shaped your leadership, and how you balance technical requirements with the soft skills necessary for good leadership. Those applying for the Assistant Lead position may be considered for the Crew Member positions with no need to apply separately.This position is open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by January 31, 2019. Email cover letter, resume, references, and any materials you wish to share that are related to your ecological restoration experience to:



The Greenway Trust Stewardship Program provides long-term stewardship of public and private land in the Mountains to Sound Greenway, which includes nearly 900,000 acres of public lands from Puget Sound to Central Washington. The Greenway Trust works closely with federal, state, county and city agencies, nonprofit partners, AmeriCorps conservation corps programs, and volunteers to complete ecological restoration (tree plantings, invasive plant survey and removal, riparian restoration, reforestation), forest road removal and road-to-trail conversion, trail maintenance and construction, and technical design, fundraising, implementation, and post-project maintenance.



The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. Since 1991, collaboration and hard work have tested and strengthened the vision of the Mountains to Sound Greenway. We have proven to this region and the rest of the nation that collaborative conservation, convening a broad-based and inclusive coalition of partners, can effect positive change.


Enhancing people’s connections to nature drives the Greenway mission. Our coalition of community members, businesses, government agencies, and donors is joined together by the ethos that when we have meaningful connections with our natural surroundings, we are healthier and happier, our communities are stronger and more equitable; our lives are better.


The Greenway Trust values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans. The Greenway Trust is an equal opportunity provider.