Rangeland Ecologist/Botanist Needed in California

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Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

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Los Altos, CA
Job Type
Full Time
$39.78/hr - $49.69/hr
Date Posted
July 18, 2018

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is seeking a Rangeland Ecologist/Botanist to implement the District’s Conservation Grazing Program and support its mission and continued growth of a preserve system in the San Francisco Bay area. The purpose of the Conservation Grazing Program is to manage District land with livestock grazing that is protective of natural resources and that is compatible with public access; to maintain and enhance the diversity of native plant and animal communities, manage vegetation fuel for fire protection, help sustain the local agricultural economy, and preserve and foster appreciation for the region’s rural agricultural heritage. The ideal candidate has a strong background in rangeland management; monitoring natural resources; experience applying IPM principles in the management of invasive, weedy and flammable plants and pest animals in rangeland and grassland environments and facilities; possesses excellent judgment and proactive problem solving skills; has the ability to successfully collaborate with field staff, contractors, tenants, and other biologists; and is able to clearly communicate with the public. The successful candidate has a working technical knowledge of a wide range of rangeland and grassland management techniques and is accustomed to working independently and exercising sound judgement.

The Rangeland Ecologist/Botanist will work in the Natural Resources Department at the District’s offices in Los Altos, California. The key function of the Natural Resources Department is to protect rare plants and animals, clean water, healthy soil and cultural resources, and restore natural habitat. You may view our website, OpenSpace.org, to gain an understanding of District operations and organizational values. The Rangeland Ecologist/Botanist will regularly report to the field in addition to producing required reports and reviewing data. Field work will require driving in remote areas on dirt roads, working in temperatures ranging from cold and windy to hot and dry, and hiking through steep terrain and wildland areas. Ideal candidates will be comfortable working in these types of field conditions, as well as in an office environment.

This position will report to the Senior Resource Management Specialist for Vegetation and will implement the District’s Conservation Grazing Program with consistent implementation of the District Grazing Management Policies; advise and monitor field and office staff and contractors on rangeland and grassland areas; review and set priorities for all rangeland activities on approximately 10,800 acres according to District policy; conduct field inspections; monitor work; recommend appropriate treatment methods; and report on progress of the program to the General Manager, Board of Directors and public. The position will also be responsible for leading and assisting on other natural resource projects in the department. This position requires familiarity with identification of plants, pests and sensitive environments, safety, monitoring, databases, GIS mapping, regulations, project management, hiring and oversight of contractors, and report writing. The Rangeland Ecologist/Botanist must have or be able to obtain a California Pest Control Advisor license, Qualified Applicator License, or Qualified Applicator Certificate within two years of hire date. Additional requirements include: PC and MS Office Suite proficiency; excellent oral and written communication skills; and strong interpersonal skills. For additional information, see the description of the District’s Conservation Grazing Program on our website, Openspace.org.

Salary: $39.78/hr – $49.69/hr

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.

Recruitment Schedule: First interviews and written exercise on August 7, 2018. Second Interviews and field exercise on August 17, 2018.

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