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    • Employer: Point Blue Conservation Science
      Location: Petaluma CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/14/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    We’re looking for an enthusiastic team member to assist in habitat restoration projects with Point Blue’s Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed program. The restoration technician will help in a primarily field-based role to facilitate student and staff planting days, lead work groups, organize logistics, and assist team members. 

    Core responsibilities of the position include:

    Implement restoration practices (such as planting, water irrigation, plant removal, seed collection) with Project Managers and Senior Project Managers.

    Train and lead students and adults during restoration and maintenance work days. 

    Assist with native plant nursery operations. 

    Motivated to become proficient in new skills (e.g. towing trailers, operating mechanical tools, plant and wildlife monitoring).

    Approach new and diverse perspectives with a strong sense of self-awareness.

    Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and the local community. 

    Qualifications & Requirements

    Valid US driver’s license (4 year minimum) with favorable driving history to drive company owned vehicles

    Approved background check and fingerprinting to work with students

    Minimum 2 years in school, work, or training related to:

    natural resource management, habitat restoration, natural sciences, horticulture, biology, ecology, restoration, botany, agronomy, agriculture, wildlife management, small engine repair, mechanics, engineering, hydrology, irrigation, landscaping, traditional ecological knowledge or related work

    Capability to lift up to 40 pounds and complete strenuous physical tasks

    Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Suite, including spreadsheets, word processing, and email applications 


    Position Obligation:

    Full Time: This is a 40 hour a week position, Monday-Friday. This position will start November 29th, and last through March 31st with the potential for indefinite employment. 

    Part-time: This position requires a minimum of 18 hours a week, divided between: 

    Two hours of team meeting for logistics on Mondays 

    Two full 8-hour days between a ~7 am to ~5 pm timeframe, within Tuesday- Friday weekdays

    Additionally, there will be periodic opportunities for additional hours based on the Restoration Technician and field work availability. This position will start November 29th, and last through March 31st. 


    The applicant will need transportation to our headquarters in Petaluma. This position operates throughout the Bay Area in remote field locations with uneven terrain, limited vehicle access, limited cell phone reception, and sometimes in a solitary capacity. Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions such as rain, heat, wind, and cold temperatures.


    Salary will range between $20-$25/hr, depending on previous experience. 

    Full time technicians receive health insurance, paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave with a 401k plan with employer match contribution after 500 hours of employment. 

    COVID Safety

    We prefer applicants to be vaccinated and may be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status if working in close proximity to Point Blue staff, partners, supporters, and others. We require staff to follow current safety guidelines. All Point Blue staff will do the same and ensure a safe working environment. The STRAW Program works with schools and complies with vaccination requirements. Hired applicants may be required to quarantine and have a negative COVID-19 test prior to start date.

    How to Apply

    Application: Submit resume and application via this form by Sunday, November 14th. Paper copies are also available outside of the Point Blue offices, and we are able to accommodate sending a copy and receiving an application through postal mail or fax. 

    If you have any questions, please contact Leia Giambasitiani at  lgiambastiani@pointblue.org or 1(707)781-2555 ext 363. 

    Hiring Timeline 

    STRAW is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all aspects of programming and highly encourages racially marginalized individuals to apply for this position.

    Application Deadline - Sunday, November 14th

    Submit resume and application via this form

    Interviews - Wednesday, November 17th - Thursday, November 18th 

    Thirty minute interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. 

    Interview questions will be shared beforehand. 

    Notification of Status - Friday, November 19th 

    We are looking to hire for two full time positions and 1-2 part-time positions for a total of 2-4 people. 

    About Point Blue

    Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue, formerly PRBO), based in Petaluma, California, is a growing and internationally renowned nonprofit with over 160 staff and scientists. Founded in 1965 and working from California to Antarctica, we advance conservation of nature for wildlife and people through science, partnerships, and outreach. Our scientists work closely with wildlife managers, private landowners, ranchers, farmers, other scientists, major conservation groups, and federal, state, and local government agencies. Our highest priority today is to increase the pace, scale, and impact of climate-smart conservation. Learn more by exploring this site.

    Point Blue is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.

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