Watershed Center Habitat Improvement Specialist

Description:

The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks (WCO) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to sustain and improve water resources for Springfield and Greene County through education and the effective management of the region’s watersheds. We began utilizing the property at Valley Water Mill Lake in 2001 with a large habitat improvement project which created the wetland and removed nutrients from the lake. For the next ten years, we built trails, outdoor learning stations, and other features to enhance educational experiences and watershed health. In 2011, WCO cut the ribbon on the C.W. Titus Education facility, providing offices and educational space in a permanent building. However, the Watershed Center is far from a completed project. The site continues to grow with more and more visitors and school groups coming out each year, and WCO continues to focus on responsible habitat management and improvement. To help with this endeavor, we are seeking a Watershed Center Habitat Improvement Specialist to improve the health of our aquatic and terrestrial habitats and our visitors’ experience and interface with nature.

Job Duties:

The Watershed Center Habitat Improvement Specialist will be a motivated individual who likes to work outdoors and has an interest in conservation. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying and removing invasive plant species around the park through various techniques, including application of herbicide, pulling, and cutting.
  • Referring to and use the set of management plans written for the Watershed Center, including the Vegetation Management Plan and the Forestry Stewardship Management Plan.
  • Communicating with Watershed Center Coordinator to provide updates and address problems as they arise.
  • Provide written updates on a regular basis to the Watershed Center Coordinator.
  • Lead volunteer work days with student and community groups to complete habitat management goals.
  • Assist with educational field trips at the Watershed Center and teach visitors about habitat improvement work.

Compensation:

The position will begin in early June, 2016 and will end no later than March 31, 2017. This position is a part-time position. Compensation will be up to $10 per hour for up to 30 hours per week. WCO will also compensate for mileage incurred during regular work errands.

Minimum Requirements:

Due to the nature of the position, eligible applicants must possess following qualities.

  • Must be able to pick up and carry as much as 50 lbs safely.
  • Must be physically capable of working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Must have good communication skills

Desired Qualities:

Our ideal applicant will demonstrate the following qualities

  • Possess or be in the process of completing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Agriculture, or a related field.
  • Have prior experience with invasive species control and the use of herbicides, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Be able to present information about your work and about water systems to groups of visitors, school field trips, and other organizations.
  • Enjoy working with children and environmental education.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter including 1-3 references to mike@watershedcommittee.org

Deadline to apply: May 31, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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