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Biological Science Technician (Seasonal)

The Presidio Trust is seeking seasonal Biological Science Technicians. 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 candidates are 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 care for the Presidio, and enjoy establishing connections to the park through sharing your knowledge in plant and animal identification, wildlife management, and resource monitoring. You possess strong interpersonal skills and interact positively with the Presidio and local communities, including volunteers, colleagues, tenants and visitors.

 

Applications received by December 5, 2019 will receive first consideration. These are full-time (40 hours/week) seasonal positions not to exceed 8 months. These positions may be extended up to one year without further competition. We are planning to hold interviews and a short plant/animal identification assessment. The Trust is hiring four (4) Biological Science Technician for 2020 Season.  One of the Technicians may be selected a Lead Technician.  The Lead Technician will be responsible for communication between the Coordinator and the Bio Science Tech team and coordinating the work on the ground amongst the team.

 

Responsibilities

  • Install and maintain native plants with attention to the ecological requirements of each species. Control invasive plants 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 and organize field data for tracking work performed and as part of monitoring events.
  • 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.
  • Work generally as a member of a field crew but may also lead volunteers or assist with volunteer programs. Some work may also be conducted alone.

 

Required

  • 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.
  • 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 support, understand, and relate results to the broader natural resources community.
  • Knowledge of basic word processing, spreadsheets, and data entry.
  • 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.
  • Current valid Driver's License

 

Desired

  • 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 is desirable.
  • 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, and engage our local communities in citizen science, ecosystem restoration, and the management of biodiversity within the park.

 

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.