POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Stewardship Technician, Restoration and Maintenance

Hours: Seasonal, Part-time, with room for growth

Reports To: Design + Restoration Projects Manager and Senior Field Tech

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

Pay: $22.50/hr

Term: Start date: Immediate, and open-ended, with periodic performance review. Expect 2-3 days of work per week, through mid November, 2022.

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

Note: This position will be advertised as a permanent salaried position in early 2023, and prior field experience with CUH is a plus

Join Center for Urban Habitats as a Stewardship 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.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

As a Stewardship Technician you will assist in site preparation, planting, restoration, and management of natural communities in lived-in landscapes, exotic species remediation projects, native plant rescue events, native seed collection/curation, 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 through photography, drawing, or writing.

New projects will likely include rigorous site preparation, planting native species (seeds, plugs, quarts, gallons) and offer on-the-job learning pertaining to native plants, methods, and natural community characteristics. Your landscaping skills, willingness to learn new things, and initiative will allow CUH to accomplish its restoration objectives, targets, and goals within an education and conservation mission.

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.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Desire to work within the practice of restoration ecology
  • 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 comfy enough to know and communicate needs and limitations in the work place
  • 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

REQUIREMENTS

  • Landscaping experience and capabilities
  • Willingness to learn new things
  • Be reliable and on time for work
  • Respects the intellectual rights of the company, as well as company-client relationships
  • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs, bend, and stoop on a continual basis
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work around bees, poison ivy, prescribed fire, pollen, thorns, and other environmental risks safely

BENEFITS:

  • Competitive pay, and room to increase
  • Schedule flexibility
  • On-the-job Education. CUH is considered a regional leader for transforming best management practices in order to nurture biodiversity in a human-dominated landscape. CUH is contracted to train professionals, including landscape architects, nursery managers, public officials, and educators.
  • Room to expand the job into a salaried position, with strong health care and paid-time-off policies

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.