Senior Field Technician

Hours: Seasonal, Part-time

Reports To: Design + Restoration Projects Manager

Location: Center for Urban Habitats, Charlottesville, Virginia. Serving the people and environment of the Piedmont Ecoregion.

Pay: $27.50/hr

Term: Start date: Immediate, and open-ended, with periodic performance review. Expect 1-2 days of work per week, March – June.

Note: This position is temporary, part time, and requires some scheduling flexibility.

Apply: Please send a cover letter and CV to centerforurbanhabitats@gmail.com if you are interested in this position.

Join Center for Urban Habitats as a Senior Field Technician and help install and maintain landscapes on public and private lands that will increase local native biodiversity in the Piedmont of Virginia. This is an opportunity to fill a vital role in the success of our mission while working to build place-based knowledge, spread an awareness of Piedmont natural history, and inspire future generations of stewards in Virginia’s most heavily populated region.


As a Senior Technician you will fill in for the onsite project manager when they cannot be available. You will oversee and conduct activities such as site preparation, planting, restoration, exotic species remediation, native plant rescue events, occasional private and public engagement and education, as well as ongoing hands-on site maintenance. You may be asked to work alongside stewardship volunteers and contribute to CUH education outreach.

Immediate projects will likely include such activities as rigorous site preparation and planting native species (seeds, plugs, quarts, gallons). You must be willing to maintain high standards for methods and keep your efforts and communications within the focus of our mission and core values.

You must be comfortable working in outdoor environments on uneven terrain, and in variable weather. Most work days will involve walking, standing, stooping, or bending for extended periods of time.


  • Desire to lead a small team to accomplish high quality restoration ecology in lived-in landscapes
  • Basic knowledge of the natural communities of Virginia’s Piedmont, and the plants and animals that tend to associate with them
  • Ability to work independently and to solve problems with limited resources
  • Humble and comfortable enough to know and communicate your needs and limitations in the workplace
  • Energetic, positive, inquisitive, detail-oriented, goal-oriented, hard-working
  • Passion for environmental education and conservation
  • Self-motivated with the ability to problem solve, a high level of initiative with the ability to successfully achieve objectives


  • Experience with native plants and natural communities in the landscape setting
  • Willingness to learn new things
  • Reliable and on time for work
  • Collaborate and work under the instruction of the Project Manager
  • Respects the intellectual rights of the company, as well as company-client relationships
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs, bend, and stoop on a continual basis
  • Ability to work outside in adverse weather conditions
  • Ability to work around bees, poison ivy, prescribed fire, pollen, thorns, and other environmental risks safely

Learn more about CUH here. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.