The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is hiring a six-person Restoration Crew for the 2020 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. The Restoration Crew will be working variably as a six–, four– and two-person team to identify, survey, and control invasive plants, install native trees and shrubs, and maintain riparian and other ecological restoration projects in partnership with several public land management agencies throughout the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
This job announcement is for a crew member position. This is a full-time approximately 8-month seasonal position with the possibility for short-term extension and annual renewal. 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, running a brush cutter, or completing manual removal of weeds such as blackberry or ivy. The Restoration Crew will also support Greenway Trust volunteer events on a semi-regular basis (estimated 6-10 during the season) and will work regularly with Greenway Trust staff and occasionally with partner agency and nonprofit staff, sponsored AmeriCorps members, and volunteers.
Crew members are an integral part of the seasonal Restoration Crew which will consist of one Crew Lead, one Assistant Crew Lead, and four Crew Members. The right candidates will have a minimum of one season of experience in ecological restoration, herbicide application, and native and invasive plant identification. They will have a demonstrated ability to be a good team member, exhibit strong communication skills, be detail-oriented and quality-driven, and have general interest in the Greenway Trust’s mission and goals.
- Ability to work independently and with a team to plan and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Attention to detail and ability to accurately track and report on project metrics, activities, and accomplishments.
- An aptitude for problem solving, flexibility, and adaptability, and an ability to represent the program in a professional manner.
- Strong interest in ecological restoration and public land or natural resources management.
- At least one season of experience with pesticide application.
- At least one season of ecological restoration field experience.
- Strong plant identification skills, with ability to learn Pacific Northwest native and invasive plants and educate others on proper identification.
- Experience in proper use of hand tools and conducting routine maintenance of tools such as backpack sprayers, EZ Ject lances, brushcutters, and other standard restoration equipment.
- Ability to work long days wearing a 30-pound backpack and applying herbicide to targeted invasive plant species.
- Wilderness First Aid or First Responder certification.
- Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License with an aquatic and right of way endorsement and/or the ability to obtain prior to date of employment.
- Experience surveying vegetation and using a GPS device or mobile application.
- Ability to drive full-sized trucks on rough terrain, and/or experience driving with a trailer. Driving Greenway Trust vehicles requires an insurable driving record.
- Relevant post-secondary education or experience in a natural resource or land management field.
The Restoration Crew reports to the Restoration Projects Manager.
Compensation is $18.00 per hour.
This full-time 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.
LOCATION AND SCHEDULE
The Restoration Crew is based out of the Greenway Trust Field Office at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, WA 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 2020 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 indicate why you want to work for the Greenway Trust, your experiences in working with a team in an outdoor environment, and how your work ethic will help the Greenway Trust reach their goals in restoration ecology. This position is open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by January 22, 2020. Email cover letter, resume, references, and any materials you wish to share that are related to your ecological restoration experience to: email@example.com
*No phone calls please.
Program Mission and Challenge
The Greenway Trust Stewardship Program provides long-term stewardship of public lands in the Mountains to Sound Greenway, which consists of over 900,000 acres of public lands along Interstate 90 from Seattle to Central Washington. The Greenway Trust works on federal, state, county, city and private lands completing tree plantings, invasive plant removal, riparian restoration, logging road removal, trail maintenance and construction, and a host of other stewardship activities.
About the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
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. 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.
Nearly thirty years of 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, pursued by a broad-based and inclusive coalition of partners, can affect positive change.
Learn more at www.mtsgreenway.org
The Greenway Trust is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal aptitude and merit.