Restoration Technician | Sonoma Ecology Center

Sonoma Ecology Center is a 29-year-old nonprofit with a mission to work with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley.  We are respected throughout the North Bay and beyond for our contributions to important initiatives in land, water, biodiversity, and climate.  We have over 20 professional staff and manage numerous large grants and contracts, often in partnership with other nonprofits and agencies that, by working together, significantly leverage our work and impact.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

We seek a full-time Restoration Technician to fulfill our Restoration Program’s initiatives.  The restoration program is dedicated to the repair, stewardship, and enhancement of over 4,000 acres of private and public lands, including Sonoma & Nathanson Creek, the Montini Preserve, Sonoma Overlook Trail, Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve, Sonoma Garden Park, and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Our ecological restoration services include; biological site assessments, native plant seed collection and propagation, invasive plant mapping and treatments, streambank stabilization and erosion control, and fire fuel management.  Technicians report to the Restoration Program Manager and Restoration Project Managers.  The position will primarily be in the field with some office work.  Office work includes the design and data collection for field research projects, documenting and mapping distributions of native resources and invasive populations for project sites, reporting and photo point monitoring, and providing community outreach, Additional activities may include volunteer leadership, trail maintenance, debris management, and occasional tool maintenance.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to)

  • Various aspects of fieldwork including vegetation management, native plant installation, invasive species removal, irrigation installation, and site maintenance
  • Map and digitize resource distributions through GPS and GIS
  • Design and conduct research to provide meaningful information to the field of restoration
  • Perform seed collection and propagation of local native species for our native plant nursery program
  • Co-coordinate and lead volunteers in specific restoration projects
  • Track and document work through photo point monitoring and reporting
  • Attend program and staff meetings, and periodic check-ins with Program Manager
  • Conduct outreach to property owners in a positive manner
  • Help with the supervision of college or high school interns
  • Occasional weekend work is required

 

ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES

  • Experience in ecological restoration and invasive species eradication
  • Familiarity with flora and fauna of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Specifically, comprehensive knowledge of common native and non-native plants in the Sonoma Valley Watershed
  • Responds positively and quickly to training and feedback
  • Must be punctual and work must meet high expectations
  • Works well with the project team, volunteers, youth, and members of the public
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments and meet multiple deadlines
  • Represents the organization in a professional manner at all times
  • Shows initiative, produces quality work and is efficient
  • Excellent written communication skills

 

ADDITIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to use a taxonomic key
  • GPS/GIS mapping
  • Experience using and maintaining mechanical equipment, i.e., chainsaws, brush cutter, power hedge trimmer, and auger
  • Experience handling and maintaining hand tools, i.e. Pulaski, Mcloud, hand pick, pick mattock, and other necessary equipment
  • Committed to safety practices and adheres to safety policies and direction from supervisor
  • Valid Driver’s license maintains at least the minimum of personal auto insurance and can pass a DMV background check.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Education or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
  • 0-3 years of experience in relevant field
  • Related Internship a plus
  • Spanish speaking a plus
  • Chainsaw safety certificate or willing to obtain one after 90 days

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in the field and in the office.  In the office, one will use a computer, phone, copier, and may sit for long periods.  Fieldwork includes bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, climbing, crawling, kneeling, wading or standing in water, and standing for long periods.  The candidate must be able to safely lift, carry, push and pull up to 60 lbs.  Occasionally, one will be asked to perform light construction work. One will be exposed to inclement weather, including rain, heat, exposure to the sun, high winds, and cold.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety precautions are mandatory.  Sonoma Ecology Center is a drug-free workplace and an EEOC employer.

 

BENEFITS

After successful completion of the 90-day introductory period, full-time employees are offered the following:

Eligibility to enroll in one of two Kaiser Permanente health insurance plans, of which, SEC pays 60% of the employee’s premium (not that of dependents), paid holidays, vacation accrual, sick accrual, and the ability to enroll in a self-funded TIAA 403(B) account.

All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, veteran, military status, genetic information, and marital status or familial status.  Sonoma Ecology Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all persons.  Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify our Human Resources Department.

 

TO APPLY

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references, preferably in one document to Celina Briggs, Human Resources Specialist at humanresources@sonomaecologycenter.org, with Resto Tech in the header. No phone calls, please.  For more information about the Sonoma Ecology Center, please visit www.sonomaecologycenter.org.

 

Classification:                                                             Reports to:

Non-exempt                                                                Restoration Program Manager

Full-time (40 hours per week)

Salary $15 – $19 per hour DOE