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Biological Science Technician (General)

The Presidio Trust is seeking a Biological Science Technician. 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, strong plant and animal identification skills, and an understanding of ecological science. You enjoy connecting people with the park, sharing your knowledge in plant and animal identification, wildlife management, and resource monitoring. You possess strong interpersonal skills and interact positively with the public, including volunteers, colleagues, tenants and visitors.

 

This is a full-time position with benefits and a minimum salary of $24.72 per hour. Applications received by August 13, 2020 will receive first consideration.

 

Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of restoration at designated work sites. Install and maintain native plants with attention to the ecological requirements of each species. Control weeds using a variety of methods, including hand tools, power tools, and herbicide. Implement monitoring protocols to track rare plants and characterize plant communities at restoration and reference sites. Collect, organize and enter field data for tracking work performed and as part of monitoring events.
  • Leads volunteer, contractors, and fellow staff member work days 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.
  • Work with wildlife including conducting wildlife surveys, bird nesting surveys prior to vegetation, building oyster restoration, and possibly more.
  • Assist with the tool inventory and maintenance program. Install, operate, and maintain resource management tools.
  • Participate in the Integrated Pest Management Program at the Presidio, which may include using saws, weed whips, flamers and spraying herbicide if applicant has a Qualified Applicator's Certificate from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
  • Provide advice, assistance, and training to interns and volunteers involved in resource management projects and field research.
  • Provide information to other employees and visitors about the natural resource management program.
  • Occasionally respond to special requests for assistance with other natural resource projects or programs.
  • Writes reports annually on work completed throughout the fiscal year at restoration sites.
  • Work generally independently, but sometimes as part of a crew or leading a small crew.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate information in a clear and concise manner and ability to work harmoniously in a team environment with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • 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 or ability to learn 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 understand and communicate results to scientists and non-scientists.
  • Knowledge of basic word processing, spreadsheets, and data entry.
  • Values diversity and respects equity and inclusion for all staff, volunteers, and park visitors.
  • Current valid Driver's License

 

Physical Demands

  • Strenuous physical activity is required including periods of standing, walking, climbing and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings, including around poison oak.
  • Perform repetitive tasks outside, sometimes in inclement weather and may require the use of power tools including chainsaws and the application of herbicide while wearing a Tyvek suit.
  • Field work includes exposure to extreme weather and terrain conditions, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, snakes, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.
  • Due to Covid-19, there may be opportunities to do a mix of telework and field work.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Passion for parks; strong desire to work for the Presidio.
  • Experience working in community-based natural resource and hands-on education programs.
  • An Associate's or Bachelor's degree in a biological or environmental science related field OR two years of relevant experience.
  • A Qualified Applicator's Certificate, Category B
  • Experience monitoring plants and animals

 

About the Presidio Natural Resources Program

Our Natural Resources program is a thought-leader within the ecological community and 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 work closely with and share ideas with other innovative leaders in ecology, engage our local communities in community science, ecosystem restoration, and the management of biodiversity within the park.

 

Background Investigation

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to an employment background investigation, which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state, and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes. An individual's granting of an investigation and resulting report is voluntary. However, employment in this sensitive position is contingent upon the successful completion of an investigation. The Presidio Trust may refuse to hire an individual, may rescind an offer of employment to an individual, or may review and terminate the employment of a current employee not successfully completing the investigation.

 

Driver's License Investigation & Review

These positions require a current, valid Driver's License prior to starting work, and maintenance of a driver's license throughout occupancy of the position. You will be subject to a driver's license investigation as a New Entrant, and annual driver's license reviews thereafter. An individual's granting of an investigation and resulting reports thereafter is voluntary, however, employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a driver's license investigation. The Trust may refuse to hire an individual, rescind an offer of employment, or review and terminate the employment of a current employee who does not successfully complete the driver's license investigation.