Biological Science Technician (General) (Term)

​The Presidio Trust is seeking a Biological Science Technician (General) (Term). The Presidio is a unique national park located in San Francisco at the Golden Gate.  The successful applicant will join a team of innovative land stewards working to restore wildlands and biodiversity to this diverse and changing landscape. On any given day at the Presidio, organizations are pursuing new ideas, scientists are conducting research, and people of all ages are volunteering, learning, playing and exploring. Hundreds of former military buildings are animated by more than 3,000 residents and 200 companies, including high tech start-ups, innovative non-profits and others that offer a welcoming mix of visitor experiences. The park has a mosaic of cultural and natural plant communities, including historic gardens and forests and restored and remnant wetlands, sand dunes, grasslands and salt marsh. Almost 400 native plant species grow here, several of which are endangered and grow nowhere else in the world.


Our ideal candidate is passionate about conducting field work in: ecological restoration, volunteer management and inventorying, monitoring, and research. You have experience with the tools and practices of the trade, and an understanding of ecological science. You care for the Presidio, and enjoy establishing connections to the park through sharing your knowledge in plant and animal identification, wildlife management, and erosion control. You possess strong interpersonal skills and interact positively with the Presidio and local communities, including volunteers, colleagues, tenants and visitors.


Applications received by October 28, 2016 will receive first consideration. This is a full-time TERM position with benefits. A Term position fills a temporary project need, and will normally last one to five years in length. Salary starts at $21.65 per hour.




  • Assist with native plant restoration including implementing methods of controlling weeds, leading field crews in exotic plant control and outplanting native plants; conducting inventory and monitoring projects; preparing reports, plans, and guidelines; and maintaining fences
  • Lead volunteer work days and student work crews on weeding and planting programs, including instructing new volunteers and students on the proper methodology for restoration techniques, motivating these volunteer crews toward working, and creating a safe and positive work environment.
  • Provide advice, assistance, and training to students, student conservation association interns, and volunteers involved in resource management projects and field research.
  • Provide information to other employees and visitors about the natural resource management program. Develop and present related interpretive programs to the public.
  • Implement natural resource management activities through established techniques. Frequently use judgment to make adjustments. Follow instructions and standardized procedures in the collection and organization of field data. Perform routine and recurring sampling and records the data collected.
  • Maintain and inventory tools. Install, operate, and maintain resource management equipment (e.g. tools, traps, sampling, monitoring, photographic, and laboratory equipment).
  • Conduct annual monitoring program for rare species and restoration sites. Maintain the data and documentation regarding the monitoring of rare species and restoration sites. Prepare annual reports for this program.
  • Utilize a variety of computer programs to compile, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data and other resource management information. Maintain and organize computer databases.
  • Participate in the Integrated Pest Management Program at the Presidio, which may include using chainsaws, saws, weed whips, flamers and obtaining a Qualified Applicator's Certificate from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and applying herbicides.
  • Assist in plant identification, wildlife management activities, erosion control, and water quality monitoring work as needed.




  • Bachelor's degree
  • Excellent communication skills and interest in motivating and leading volunteer groups
  • Knowledge of established practices, procedures, and techniques of at least one biological science.
  • Knowledge of routine natural resource management practices, methods, and procedures, and basic knowledge of related regulations.
  • Knowledge of data collection techniques, including installation, operation, and maintenance of testing and sampling equipment.
  • Ability to follow detailed sampling and laboratory procedures, train others to follow procedures, and recognize departures from established quality control/quality assurance guidelines.
  • Basic understanding of natural resource management principles and techniques to support, understand, and relate results to the broader natural resources community.
  • Ability to communicate information in a clear and concise manner, including the ability to develop reports and present information.
  • Knowledge of database management, word processing, spreadsheets, data entry and specialized software programs essential to resource management activities.
  • Field work includes exposure to extreme weather and terrain conditions, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, snakes, and wild animals.  Lab work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.




  • Passion for parks; strong desire to work for the Presidio.
  • Experience working in community-based natural resource programs and hands-on education programs.


About the Presidio Natural Resources Program


Our Natural Resources Program diligently manages native plant conservation and wildlife, monitors water quality and erosion, and conducts natural resources research, continually challenging conventional thinking and creating innovative solutions to improve the Park's ecological health. We engage our local communities in citizen science, ecosystem restoration, and the management of biodiversity.