Job Title: Natural Resource Field Technician (Career Development: age 18-24)
Reports To: WCP Manager
Category: Seasonal Full Time; up to 6 months (March - September 2020)
FLSA Status: Nonxempt
Application Deadline: 2/5/2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Wallowa Resources (WR) is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established in 1996 with leadership from Wallowa County Commissioners. Since then, WR has worked to bring people together to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. We strive to balance rural economic well-being with the stewardship and conservation of its resources, preserving each rural area’s heritage of making a living from the land.
The Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership (WCP) is a WR program that provides weed control management to reduce the impact of noxious weeds in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. With public and private partners, WCP staff monitors and manages weed infestations in the rugged, remote, and steep Canyonlands of the Snake River watershed and some of its tributaries, including the Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers.
This is a career development opportunity for an 18-24 year old applicant with interest in the natural resource field. The Field Technician will receive necessary education and training to contribute to the Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership field activities. The Field Technician will work with WCP staff, agency partners, and landowners to implement weed management across jurisdictional boundaries.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide support to all weed control activities for the Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership. This may include overnight trips, rafting, hiking long distances over rough terrain, carrying packs weighing over 50 lbs., working alone in remote locations, and mixing and applying herbicide by backpack or ATV sprayers.
- Navigate to field sites using a handheld GPS.
- Implement effective weed control programs with private and public partners using integrative weed management techniques in the WCP program area. Activities may include chemical treatments, contract oversight, and biological control releases all in rugged and very remote terrain.
- Manage field equipment and supplies including vehicles, rafts, ATV, herbicides, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), other equipment, and storage facilities. Maintains current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
- Regularly report on all field activities to the WCP program manager. Work closely with WCP staff and partners for quality assurance of all field activities.
- Collect ecological data for all sites and work with WCP staff to incorporate into databases.
- Maintain clear communication with all partners and landowners.
- Provide input for educational and outreach materials and potential research projects.
- On occasion, shadow WCP manager or other staff and partners to gain insight about the details of natural resources programs, contracting, and reporting.
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The following are the minimum levels required to successfully perform the Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities.
- A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Post-high school education or experience in the natural resource field is preferred.
- Good communication skills and strong work ethic.
- Experience living and working in remote places and the ability to creatively troubleshoot in remote environments.
- A valid Oregon Driver’s License and the ability to be insured by Wallowa Resources’ Insurance. (Note: If under 21, applicant must have 2 year’s driving experience and a clean driving record).
- Must maintain appropriate licenses through the Oregon Department of Agriculture and other licensing agencies. Training will be provided to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license within the first 2 months of employment.
- Must consistently demonstrate teamwork and positive day-to-day work relationships and interactions with staff, board members, members of the public, and community stakeholders.
- Must be able to lift, push, pull, carry, and move field and spray equipment in excess of 50 lbs.
Environment and Physical Requirements: The Field Technician will receive initial training in an office setting as well as extensive training in the field. This position will regularly require work in parks, forests, farms, ranches and other rugged and remote locations. These locations are subject to a variety of extreme weather conditions including heat, rain, snow, wind, and dust. The field technician will work around or operate a variety of equipment that may include ATVs, 4-wheel drive trucks, and rafts. The position will be required to carry heavy loads in excess of 50 lbs, sometimes over long distances in very rugged terrain. The Field Technician interacts constantly with staff, visitors, program participants, government agencies, and others and is expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times while working for Wallowa Resources.
Hours: Typical office hours are full time from 7:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Monday through Thursday. The Field Technician also travels extensively and may be required to work extended hours. This may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. Scheduling time off is permitted only with reasonable advanced notice and is at the discretion of the WCP Program Manager.
Other Duties and Responsibilities: This job description is a summary of the essential duties and responsibilities for this job, and it does not necessarily represent an all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities, tasks or procedures. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instruction or assignments. Nothing in this description restricts WR’s right to assign or reassign duties at any time.
Accommodation Statement: Essential job duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform the job successfully, an incumbent or applicant must possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty and responsibility proficiently. If you require an accommodation in order to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, please contact the WR Executive Director.
Wallowa Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer