Solano RCD is hiring two (2) Seasonal Restoration Technicians for the field season of January to June of 2022, with a possibility of extension into July and August 2022 pending available funds.
Seasonal Restoration Technicians (SRT) will help implement and maintain habitat restoration projects in Solano County. Tasks will include establishing native plants, installing irrigation systems, monitoring restoration projects, and controlling invasive weeds. The technician position is an outdoor, field-based position that will require work in wildland settings, inclement weather, and temperature extremes. The SRT position is geared towards individuals who are considering a career or study in restoration ecology, botany, or biology.
The position consists of four 8-10 hour work days each week from Monday to Friday (32-40 hours/week). Occasional Saturday work may be available, but is not required. Typical work days begin at 7:30AM, but may start earlier or later depending on the project needs and weather conditions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Weed control: Weed whacking, mowing, manual weed removal, and application of herbicides.
Planting: Propagation from seeds and cuttings, planting, mulching, and broadcast seeding.
Irrigation: Operating pumps, hand watering, and installing and maintaining irrigation systems.
Monitoring: Observing plant health, weed populations, and irrigation effectiveness.
Fire and Flood Recovery: Removing vegetation, clean-up, mulching and seeding.
Transportation: Driving pick-up trucks, towing trailers and equipment, loading and unloading tools, plants, mulch, and supplies.
This position is 90% outdoor field work. Project sites include grasslands, riparian and wetland habitat, hedgerows, vegetated canals, public lands, urban parks, and farm and ranch ponds. On-the-job training will be provided to Seasonal Restoration Technicians for all technical habitat restoration activities, including the safe use of equipment and herbicides. Applicants must be able to work as a team member and also independently at project sites.
Work days will begin and end at our office in Dixon, CA. Transportation to field sites will be in Solano RCD vehicles. Our Covid-19 policy requires masks in shared vehicles, the office, and indoor spaces. SRTs may occasionally need to drive their personal vehicles to field sites and Solano RCD will provide mileage compensation at the IRS-approved rate.
Must be able to work in a variety of environments, temperature and weather extremes, standing/walking outdoors in extreme temperatures as well as on uneven terrain.
Must be a team player with an ability to work with staff, Board members and local landowners who have a diverse range of backgrounds, motivations and interests.
Employment at the Solano RCD is employment at-will. Employment at-will may be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any
Demonstrated interest in native plants, habitat restoration, botany, or ecology.
Professional or personal experience working with plants.
Experience and enthusiasm for working outdoors.
Must possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License and have personal liability insurance.
Must be able to lift, bend, stoop, kneel, and carry heavy objects up to 50 pounds
Experience operating weed whackers, backpack sprayers, ATVs/UTVs, trailers.
Experience working with California native plants.
Familiarity with the communities, agricultural lands, and natural landscapes of Solano County.
Degree or course work in environmental studies, botany, biology, or restoration ecology.
About Solano Rescource Conservation District
Solano Resource Conservation District (Solano RCD) is a special district to the State of California that works closely with a variety of local and regional partners to enhance and protect Solano County watersheds through strategic restoration activities, water education and outreach programs, and by offering conservation planning and watershed coordination services to local residents and landowners. Solano RCD staff and its Board of Directors strive toward excellence, equity, inclusion, collaboration, and appreciation in the work performed and welcome candidates who share these same values.