RESTORATION TECHNICIAN/FIRE SPECIALIST
Classification: Reports to:
Non-exempt Restoration Project Manager
Full-time (40 hours per week)
Salary $19 - $20 per hour, DOE
Sonoma Ecology Center is a 30-year-old nonprofit with a mission to work with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley. We are respected throughout the North Bay and beyond for our contributions to important initiatives in land, water, biodiversity, and climate. We have 30 professional, dedicated staff members and manage numerous large grants and contracts, often in partnership with other nonprofits and agencies that, by working together, significantly leverage our work and impact.
SEC seeks a full-time Restoration Technician/Fire Specialist to help fulfill the organization’s Restoration Program initiatives. The Restoration Program is dedicated to the repair, enhancement, and stewardship of over 4,000 acres of private and public lands in the Sonoma Valley, including Sonoma & Nathanson Creek, Montini Preserve, Sonoma Overlook Trail, Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve, Sonoma Garden Park, and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Our ecological restoration services include biological site assessments, native plant seed collection and propagation, invasive plant mapping and treatments, streambank stabilization and erosion control, trail maintenance, debris management, and fire fuel management. The position will also assist with the Biochar Program through fuel reduction projects and forestry pile burning.
Technicians report to the Restoration Project Manager and, ultimately, to the Restoration Program Manager. The position will primarily be in the field with some office work. Office work will include design and data collection for field research projects, documenting and mapping distributions of native resources and invasive populations for project sites, reporting and photo point monitoring. Additional activities may include community outreach, volunteer leadership, and occasional tool and vehicle maintenance.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to)
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
IDEAL EXPERIENCE, BUT NOT REQUIRED
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed in the field and in the office. One will use a computer, phone, copier in the office and may sit for long periods. Fieldwork includes bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, climbing, crawling, kneeling, wading or standing in water, and standing for long periods. The candidate must be able to safely lift, carry, push and pull up to 60 lbs. Occasionally, one will be asked to perform light construction work. Techs are exposed to inclement weather, including rain, heat, exposure to the sun, high winds, cold and prescribed fire. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety precautions are mandatory. Sonoma Ecology Center is a drug-free workplace and an EEOC employer.
After successful completion of the 90-day introductory period, full-time employees are offered the following: Eligibility to enroll in one of two Kaiser Permanente health insurance plans, of which, SEC pays 70% of the employee’s premium (not that of dependents); paid holidays; vacation accrual; sick accrual; and the ability to enroll in a self-funded TIAA 403(B) account.
All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, veteran, military status, genetic information, and marital status or familial status. Sonoma Ecology Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify our Human Resources Department.
To apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references, preferably in one document, to Celina Briggs, Human Resources Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org, with Resto Tech in the header. No phone calls, please. For more information about the Sonoma Ecology Center, please visit www.sonomaecologycenter.org.
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