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Native Seed Collection Technician

The Native Seed Collection Technician will perform seed collection activities on TNC and partner properties in northwest Ohio near TNC’s Kitty Todd Nature Preserve in Swanton, Ohio.
The Native Seed Collection Technician will collect seed through various means (mechanical and by hand), as well as assist with associated planning, documentation, and database management. They will regularly work with other staff and partners and help lead volunteers and interns to coordinate seed collection for restoration. This is a full-time, short-term position lasting approximately six months from the start date.
  • May oversee seed collection events, including help in planning and directing interns or volunteers.    
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.                                                                                          
  • May require long hours in isolated settings.                                                                                                                       
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.                                                                                                 
  • May work under close or infrequent supervision.
  • Operates vehicles in a safe manner, including on-road and off-road conditions.
  • Consults supervisor on unusual or complex issues.                                                                                           
  • Ability to convey work instructions to other restoration crew members and volunteers.
  • Ability to interact with the public and to convey basic natural history and restoration information.
  • Ability to function productively as a team member and independently.
  • High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Experience working in a team environment and ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.                                           
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and animal species in northwest Ohio.       
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. UTV, ATV).                       
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1-3 years’ of land management or botanical field/lab experience involving species surveying, plot-sampling and mapping.
  • Knowledge of rare and conservative Midwestern plants and their associated natural communities.             
  • PC familiarity and experience with database management (Microsoft Excel) and ESRI products (ArcMap, ArcCollector, Survey123).
  • Experience collecting, processing, and/or propagating native seed.
  • Ability to identify plant species either with field knowledge of with the use of a dichotomous key.
  • Able to maintain high standards of productivity while working independently or under minimal supervision.
  • Able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).