Full-Time Field Technician
The Watershed Conservation Resource Center (WCRC) is accepting applications to fill a Full-time Field Technician position. The selected applicant will work from the WCRC office in Fayetteville, AR. The Field Technician will work under supervision of the Field Supervisor and general supervision of the Watershed Specialist to assist the WCRC in achieving its mission of protecting, conserving and restoring natural resources using a watershed approach. The position is full-time, hourly, and non-exempt.
The Field Technician will provide assistance for ongoing stream restoration projects implemented by the WCRC. The work is primarily manual labor working outside in all types of weather conditions including the hot summer months in areas with dense vegetation and uneven ground.
The primary responsibility of this position will be to assist with on-the-ground efforts to establish and maintain stream and riparian restoration projects implemented by the WCRC. Responsibilities associated with this position include:
- Establishment and ongoing maintenance of native vegetation at existing stream restoration sites, which requires breaking ground with pick-ax, shovel, or other tools.
- Implementing appropriate methods for the removal of invasive vegetation and the prevention of spreading invasive plants Removal of invasive plant species includes hand-pulling weeds, the use of a chainsaw, and/or application of appropriate herbicides, which requires wearing a backpack sprayer and walking through dense vegetation.
- Assisting with the construction of bio-engineered soil mattresses that will support native vegetation which includes intensive sledge hammer use to install wooden stakes; carrying heavy materials to construction sites, etc.
- Planting native vegetation types into stream restoration projects to reduce erosion, create diverse riparian habitat, and provide long-term protection of restoration projects which requires the use of both hand tools and other landscaping tools; requires operating weed-eater, chainsaw, and other equipment.
- Irrigation of existing projects to promote vigorous plant growth which requires operating and moving a large pump and several hoses.
- Harvesting and transplanting of native plants for use in stream restoration projects.
Other responsibilities include providing assistance in the following areas:
- Participation in volunteer events related to riparian management.
- Maintenance of equipment to ensure good working condition.
- Occasional upkeep of office grounds and vehicles and other duties as assigned.
The position requires the ability to conduct rigorous activities while traversing uneven terrain that has dense vegetation, including during times of extremely hot or cold weather. At least two years general work experience and an additional two years of out-door manual labor experience are required. Experience directly related to this position is preferred, such as, landscaping work along with utilizing native plants for restoration, including selection of appropriate plant species, methods of propagation, and techniques for successful establishment of new plantings. Applicants should have the ability to communicate effectively within a team environment. The position requires working around and in water; therefore, swimming skills are necessary for safety reasons. Some irregular work hours involving evening and weekend work will be required.
Compensation will range from $11 to $14 per hour, depending on experience.