The Restoration Assistant helps maintain lands in Michigan owned by The Nature Conservancy (primarily in the Upper Peninsula). This position performs land management activities on remote properties, some visited frequently by the public and others only sporadically. This role assists with the management of natural resources, removal of invasive/exotic species using mechanical and/or chemical methods, and species monitoring. The Restoration Assistant assists with installation and maintenance of foot trails, trailheads, and other preserve infrastructure. This position interacts with preserve visitors and volunteers. The role assists with monitoring of conservation easements. The Restoration Assistant will use GPS and geographic information systems (GIS) to identify, record and map native and non-native species and other features. The position will use and maintain equipment, power tools, vehicles, trailers, and GPS units. This position will need to navigate natural areas by using a map, compass and GPS. The individual in this role will help maintain preserve records using a database on a Windows PC.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.
- Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
- Capable of identifying native and non-native plant species of Michigan.
- Requires long hours in isolated settings, alone and/or working closely with coworkers.
- Requires use and maintenance of restoration equipment (e.g. brush cutter, lawn mower, chainsaw, trailer, hand saw, loppers, etc.)
- Capable of driving long distances and working long days.
- During winter months, this role will spend substantial time in the office assisting with document, database and mapping updates and other projects.
- Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
- May work under infrequent supervision.