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Seasonal Habitat Restoration Technician

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Sound Salmon Solutions
1911 Vernon Road
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
United States
Phone: 425-252-6686

Sound Salmon Solutions (SSS) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and was founded in 1990. SSS serves as the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group for the Stillaguamish, Snohomish, and Island County watersheds in Washington State. We nurture the relationships between people and our wild spaces to support salmon recovery through interactive education, hands-on stewardship, and state-of-the-art habitat restoration.

POSITION TITLE: Habitat Restoration Technician
START DATE: January 2, 2016
END DATE: June 30, 2016 - with possibility of extension
SALARY: $14.00/hour - plus paid time off, paid holidays and medical benefit cost share options
LOCATION: Office located in Lake Stevens - with daily work throughout King and Snohomish counties
HOURS: 40 hours per week. Monday-Thursday, 7 AM – 5:30 PM with occasional weekend work
POSITION SUMMARY: Implement field-based restoration efforts both independently, as a team and under the supervision of SSS staff Habitat Specialist, Habitat Coordinator, Program Manager and any project partners to improve water quality, habitat quality and quantity. For more information about Sound Salmon Solutions and the work that we do, visit us at: www.soundsalmonsolutions.org and www.facebook.com/soundsalmonsoltuions

NOTE: Inclement winter weather and flooding at project sites may result in unpaid days off.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience in environmental field work
• Identification of PNW native and non-native vegetation
• Commitment and cooperation to work with team members
• Experience operating tools and power equipment
• Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
• Ability to work hard in all weather conditions
• Ability to lift up to 50lbs
• Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles
• Valid Driver’s License and Insurance
• WSDA Aquatic Herbicide license holder preferred

JOB TASKS:
• Remove and control invasive and noxious weeds from project sites.
• Assist with construction of habitat restoration projects, such as planting, soil erosion control measures, and installation of livestock fences.
• Perform maintenance on existing restoration sites: mowing grass, brushcutting blackberry, applying herbicide and other tasks as assigned using walk-behind field mowers, gas-powered brush cutters, Kubota, tractors and hand tools.
• Collect, manage, and summarize field data pertaining to riparian vegetation using Trimble GPS and tablets.
• Maintain a daily record of activities and prepare site reports as requested
• Communicate with staff, landowners, partner organizations and the general public about restoration work and salmon recovery efforts.
• Attend and help to run outreach and volunteer events as needed
• Attend necessary training and testing sessions.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Under the instructions from the Habitat Specialist, Habitat Coordinator and Program Manager, perform assigned tasks to the standards offered by SSS manuals and training sessions.
• Operate equipment safely and effectively both in the field and in the shop, taking care to know the safety guidelines of each instrument before use.
• Keep the shop and other work areas safe, clean and organized.
• Communicate quickly and effectively with SSS supervisors any field related and relevant information: equipment needs; interpersonal difficulties; comfort level with tasks; concerns for safety, public relations with site landowners or greater community.
• Understanding limitations in the field and executing tasks to the best of your ability.
• Communicating immediately if a task is not achievable for any reason.
• Keeping abreast of policy, protocol and safety changes by attending staff meetings, reading emails and manuals offered by supervisors.

TO APPLY:
Send a resume, cover letter and three professional references with “Your Name – Habitat Technician” as the subject line via e-mail to [email protected] no later than December 1, 2016 at 5pm. Late submissions will not be evaluated. Please no phone calls or office visits regarding the position opening.

Sound Salmon Solutions is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Location

Sound Salmon Solutions
1911 Vernon Road
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
United States
Phone: 425-252-6686