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Riparian Restoration Field Crew Lead

Work as a supervisory crew lead focused on riparian restoration throughout the Palouse region. Crews typically work a 40-hour week, Monday through Thursday, 10 hours a day. This is a 10- month full-time position with the potential to extend depending on funding. This position has an anticipated start date of February 1, 2019 and will end in November 2019. The actual length of employment is dependent upon workload, weather, and funding. 

Job Duties:
  • Direct supervision of field crew members (4 to 5 people) and ensure that work is conducted efficiently, effectively, and in a safe and legal manner.
  • Coordination of all project implementation logistics and budgets with project managers.
  • Scheduling field crew time on project sites. • Independently manage and track field crew time, equipment, travel, etc.
  • Coordinate with crews outside the Conservation District to implement tasks as needed.
  • Lead trainings for field crew members on proper planting techniques, safe tool and equipment operation and maintenance, and noxious/invasive and native plant ID.
  • Work on all aspects of riparian restoration including but not limited to preparing, implementing, planting, and maintaining project sites; operating and maintaining hand tools and small engine machinery; harvesting plant materials and installing woody structures in streams.
  • Maintain function and operation of all tools and equipment used for field crew activities.
  • Seek additional projects for implementation and maintenance, and prepare project budget estimates.
  • Resolve conflicts among crew members and maintains positive team environment.
  • Work in all seasons, despite weather conditions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
  • Previous experience working as a field crew member.
  • Physically able to work on steep slopes and rough terrain to complete job duties.
  • Physically able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Physically able to perform field activities for extended periods of time.
  • Experience in operation and maintenance of field tools (i.e. chainsaws, brush cutters, power tools, etc.).
  • Strong attention to detail, communication, and organization skills.
  • Possess a valid, unrestricted driver’s license.
  • Ability to pass background check.
  • Washington Herbicide Applicators license, or ability to obtain within the first month of hire.
  • Must possess a positive work ethic.
  • Willingness to participate as part of and lead team members.
  • Ability to adapt and think independently in changing conditions.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • B.S. in natural resources or a related field.
  • Previous experience leading a restoration field crew.

Why work for the Palouse Conservation District:
  • Work with a team of natural resource professionals focused on local conservation efforts.
  • Non-regulatory boots on the ground work.
  • Work on a variety of conservation projects on private land.
  • Opportunities for professional development.
  • Gain valuable qualifications and job skills (e.g. first aid certification, stream bank bioengineering, native and invasive plant ID, and off-highway vehicle certification).

Additional Information:
Crew members are supplied with personal protective equipment and field appropriate gear, such as waders and rain gear. Upon hire, crew members must supply their own work boots and come dressed for the job.

To Apply:
Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to (subject line “Field Crew Lead Position”) by December 15th . Any application materials received after December 15th will be reviewed on a need-to-fill basis. Applications that do not include both a letter of interest and resume will not be considered.

Palouse Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer.