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Ecological Restoration Coordinator

The Presidio Trust is seeking an Ecological Restoration Coordinator to join our Natural Resources Team in our Land and Building Stewardship Division. 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 natural resources management and enthusiastic about using technology to assist in natural resources management. You have experience managing restoration projects and a strong familiarity with San Francisco Bay Area plants and animals.

 

Applications received by June 1st will receive first consideration. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) permanent position. We are planning to hold interviews June 6-7, make a job offer the week of June 10th, and set a work start date in mid-June.

 

Responsibilities

  • Assist with native plant restoration including implementing methods of controlling weeds, leading field crews in exotic plant control and outplanting native plants, conducting inventories and monitoring projects, and maintaining fences.
  • Manage restoration project implementation.
  • Assist in the management of the Natural Resources Database.
  • Assist in coordinating seasonal employee's schedule and assist in hiring.
  • Assist in overseeing annual monitoring programs of rare species and sitewide monitoring of restoration sites.  Maintain the data and documentation regarding the monitoring of rare species and restoration sites. 
  • Assist in annual assessment of restoration and stewardship projects and preparing annual Steward to Steward reports for this program.
  • Lead interns and assist in coordinating schedules and programs including leading the plant quizzes.
  • Assist in management of the Weed Mapper program.
  • Coordinate with interdepartmental and interagency staff during project implementation.
  • Assist in the development of interpretive and educational materials for public education efforts necessary to ensure successful restoration activities at remediation sites.
  • Lead volunteer work days and student class work programs on weeding and planting, 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.  May develop and present related interpretive programs to the public.
  • Implement natural resource management activities through established techniques.  Frequently uses judgment to make adjustments.  Follow instructions and standardized procedures in the collection and organization of field data.  Perform routine and recurring sampling and record the data collected.
  • Maintain and inventory tools.  Install, operate, and maintain resource management equipment (e.g., tools, traps, and sampling, monitoring, photographic, and laboratory equipment).  Inventory equipment, evaluate quality assurance compliance, and calibrate equipment as necessary. Order replacement parts, new equipment, and supplies.
  • 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, and water quality monitoring work as needed.

 

Required

  • Four-year college degree in a related subject and three to five years of experience in natural resources management. 
  • Must be able to communication effectively to a broad audience of volunteers, students, ecologists, contractors and interdepartmental staff.  This requires the possession of excellent oral and written (technical writing) skills including proficient English skills.
  • Interest in motivating and leading volunteer and education groups; knowledge of established practices, procedures, and techniques of one or more of the biological sciences or related fields; knowledge of field education techniques and the demonstrated ability to teach students in the field. 
  • Ability to follow detailed sampling procedures, train others to accurately 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 develop report and present information; knowledge of database management, word processing, spreadsheets, data entry and specialized software programs essential to resource management activities.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, communication and problem-solving skills and possess appropriate organizational ability. 
  • Demonstrated experience in the coordination, implementation and reporting of species/resource management plans/restoration plans, as shown by successful restoration projects completed.

 

Desired

  • Passion for parks; strong desire to work for the Presidio.
  • Strong computer and data management skills

 

 

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.