POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Stewardship Technician, Restoration and Maintenance

Hours: Seasonal, Part-time. Starts at 10-20 hours per week

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 to be decided, project dependent. Ongoing, open-ended, with periodic review. Expect 2-3 days of work per week, from March 1 -June 15, 2022.

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, and native seed collection, occasional private and public engagement and education, as well as ongoing project 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 with 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
  • Energetic, positive, inquisitive, detail-oriented, goal-oriented, hard-working personality
  • 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 relationship
  • Ability to 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

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.

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.

Applicants encouraged to apply before March 10, as the field work season is beginning. Send CV & cover letter to Devin Floyd, Executive Director of Center for Urban Habitats: centerforurbanhabitats@gmail.com