POSITION TITLE: Noxious Weed Control Specialist
EarthCorps’ mission is to build global community through local environmental service. EarthCorps restores parks and open spaces while providing leadership and community service experiences for young people from the United States and around the world.
•Strong Communities: EarthCorps leads 10,000 volunteers annually and partners with 100+ organizations worldwide.
•Healthy Habitats: EarthCorps' environmental restoration work includes salmon stream restoration, native tree plantings, invasive plant removal, wetland and shoreline restoration and trail construction.
•Young Leaders: In addition to the corps program, EarthCorps delivers programs for young people to learn about the environment, engage in community service and develop leadership skills through hands-on service.
The Noxious Weed Control Specialist is a temporary, non-exempt position at EarthCorps. The position is responsible for the administration of multi-day service agreements and on-the-ground project management working with agency partners and EarthCorps crews with a focus on herbicide application. The Noxious Weed Control Specialist is supervised by a Project Manager and coordinates with all members of the Field Operations team.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
•Collaborates with Agency Coordinator and as needed with EarthCorps Project Management staff to plan and implement herbicide application projects. Projects include but are not limited to knotweed injection, frilling, cut-stump, and stem applications.
•Conducts pre-project site visits to develop an implementation plan and acquire the information and materials needed to ensure a successful project.
•Serves as on-site project manager and ensures that EarthCorps crews complete projects as agreed upon with Agency Coordinator.
Training and Instruction:
•Educates and trains crews on EarthCorps’ Integrated Pest Management Policy and the Best Management Practices used in the safe use of herbicide.
•Develops and implements training outlines on the what, when, why, how and safe use of herbicide in controlling invasive plants.
•Ensures that EarthCorps crews have the skills needed to complete projects.
•Demonstrates field skills and trains staff, crew leaders and corpsmembers.
•Sets and maintains production, quality and safety goals/standards for crews.
•Operates or supervises the use of specialized tools and equipment in the field as needed.
•Collaborates with the crew leader, maintains discipline and positive crew morale, fosters team-work among corpsmembers.
•Enforces the standards of behavior as well as policies and procedures of EarthCorps and ensures adherence to program goals and mission.
•Leads by example, working alongside corpsmembers and crew leaders.
•Prepares oral and written reports, that may include work project summaries, equipment use and maintenance logs, performance evaluations, first-aid and incident reports.
•Maintains project files, including documentation of work, receipts, and contract compliance.
•Prepares a final report upon completion of the projects as required.
•Performs other relevant duties as assigned.
•Bachelors degree (received or in progress) in conservation-related field, e.g. biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife management.
•Ability to identify noxious weeds found in Washington State. Knowledge of noxious weed taxonomy, biology and impacts.
•Proven leadership and decision-making experience.
•Demonstrated ability to work independently, maintain self-motivation and persist in the face of obstacles.
•Field experience in ecological restoration and the application of herbicide as a tool to control invasive plants.
•Experience working with or teaching young adults in an environmental education setting.
•Demonstrated leadership in a team setting working with staff, volunteers, agency personnel, resource user groups, and others to accomplish conservation/restoration objectives.
•Experience with the use and maintenance of hand tools.
•Strong organizational skills.
•Experience with reading field maps and applying the information on the ground
•Ability to work variable hours, including overnight camping and weekends.
•Ability to work under physically demanding conditions, including cold and wet weather.
•Availability and willingness to work overtime and consecutive days in a row when project expectations need to be met.
•Wilderness First Aid (WFR certification preferred)
•Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
•Positive attitude and sense of humor.
•Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record with an ability to operate full-size vehicles safely.
•Must be able to obtain a Washington State Pesticide Operator License by start date.
•Knowledge of Pacific Northwest native plants.
•Knowledge of Arcview GIS, Global Positioning Systems
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Temporary, non-exempt June 14 – end of August
COMPENSATION: $12-13 per hour based on qualifications.
TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume and references to: Noxious Weed Control Specialist Hiring Committee, EarthCorps, 6310 NE 74th Street, Suite 201E, Seattle, WA 98115 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled