Job Title: Ecological Restoration Technician
Position Type: Full Time Permanent
Work Area: New Jersey
Location: Califon, NJ
Salary: $35,000-$47,000 (dependent on experience and qualifications) plus benefits
Benefits: Vacation/sick leave, paid holidays, work clothing and footwear allowance, and health, vision, and dental insurance
Shultz Forest Management and Consulting LLC is seeking applicants to fill a full time (40hrs/week) Ecological Restoration Technician position. The primary focus of this position is to conduct wetland restoration on private lands in accordance with NJ DEP regulations and perform forest restoration through invasive plant control, tree planting, and timber stand improvement cutting. This position is a leadership role, overseeing the Invasive Plant Interns, organizing and maintaining equipment and supplies, determining work schedules, overseeing projects according to specifications, and interacting with potential clients to develop plans for future restoration work.
Primary duties include invasive plant control through chemical and mechanical treatments as well as tree seedling/sapling maintenance on several properties throughout New Jersey. Herbicides will be applied with backpack sprayers and spray bottles using different types of herbicides. Mechanical treatment will involve using loppers, handsaws, and some chainsaw work. Tree maintenance will involve pruning, removing tree tubes, and re-staking of trees. Additional duties include crop tree release and timber stand improvement by felling trees with chainsaws, native and non-native plant identification, tree planting, and other duties as assigned. Additional educational opportunities will be available. The Restoration Technician will oversee the day-to-day activities of the Invasive Plant Interns to make sure projects are being accomplished correctly and in a timely manner. Work on additional sites in eastern Pennsylvania may occur. The position may include a small amount of out-of-town travel for which hotels will be provided.
This is a labor-intensive field position, and the employee should expect to spend >95% of their time working outdoors, must be able to carry a 30-pound pack over various terrain, lift 50 pounds, maintain a leadership role, and work in all weather conditions. Some work will be conducted in wet areas and proper footwear will be required. Encounters with poison ivy, stinging and biting insects, ticks, venomous snakes, and other hazardous conditions common to the forests and wetlands of the area occur regularly. Applicant must have some experience in identifying eastern U.S. tree species and invasive plant species common to the area. Herbicide application experience is also required for this position. An associate degree or higher in Forestry, Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Management or other related program is required for this position. Previous work experience is preferred. The applicant must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. The successful applicant must demonstrate an ability to work independently and in a team environment. Applicant must present themselves in a professional business-like manner when interacting with contractors, clients, and the public. Applicant must be a legal U.S. resident. Hiring will be contingent on passing background check and drug test.
To apply: Please send a résumé and cover letter including three references (work-related) to Jacob Shultz at Résumés will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants will only be contacted if an interview or additional information is requested.