EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Seasonal Field Crew Member

Position Summary

The Seasonal Field Crew Member’s primary purpose is to assist with the direct implementation of conservation practices. The majority of this work focuses on riparian buffer restoration projects and installing in-stream bio-engineered structures. Serving as an integral member of a team of conservation professionals working exclusively in the field. The position will help implement restoration work under direction of the Field Crew Leader. Work includes but is not limited to, mechanical and chemical weed control, operating hand tools and small engine machinery, and planting native trees and shrubs. This position is a member of the District’s field crew and supports the enhancement and protection of natural resources within the District.


Position Details

FTE: Full Time (40 hours/week)

Compensation: Starting at $13.95/hour (depending on experience)

Position Type: Temporary (ASAP to September 30, 2021, possible extension through December 31, 2021 is dependent on the need for extension to complete work and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.)

 

Required Qualifications

  • Physically able to perform field activities for extended periods of time.

  • Strong attention to detail, communication, and organization skills.

  • Experience in operation and maintenance of field tools (i.e. chain saws, brush cutters, power tools).

  • Possess a valid, unrestricted driver’s license.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Technical Degree (AS/AA) in Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences or closely related field. Qualifying experience may substitute year-for-year for the education requirement.

  • Six (6) or more months of previous experience working as a field crew member.

  • Washington Herbicide Applicators license, or ability to obtain within the first month of hire.

Apply

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Please be prepared to submit a letter of interest and a resume. Position is open until filled, with an initial review of applicants beginning on June 23, 2021. Applications that do not include both a letter of interest and resume will not be considered. Palouse Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Description

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Education and Outreach Technician

Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps Program

One (1) position currently available

General Description

The Palouse Conservation District's mission is to foster the voluntary conservation of natural resources by providing the tools, education, technical expertise, and financial assistance to support our local community. The Palouse Conservation District is actively seeking an Education and Outreach Technician AmeriCorps member who will serve directly with our Education and Outreach Department to deliver environmental educational services to our local community in schools and outdoor settings and help implement conservation practices with local volunteer groups and students. The three main goals of this position are to educate and raise community awareness on the importance of stewardship behaviors and conservation practices that influence water quality, and the impacts of point and non-point source pollution; to engage the public in natural resource concerns through outreach initiatives; and to coordinate volunteer participation. Position is contingent upon funding.

Position Summary

Member will primarily serve alongside the Education and Outreach Departmental staff in classroom and in-formal education settings, as well as represent the District at outreach events at a project site or community events. The Education and Outreach Technician will increase the community impact of District programming by planning and delivering lessons for youth, coordinating educational opportunities, recruiting and managing volunteers, and contributing to communication and marketing materials.

 

Member will also participate alongside other District staff and AmeriCorps members, supporting education and outreach efforts in Research and Monitoring and Resource Conservation, including service projects, conservation practice implementation, effectiveness monitoring, volunteer management, and professional development. Member will need to be available to serve in multiple outreach settings to a varied audience for extended periods of time.

  • Typical work week is 40 hours Monday-Friday with occasional night and weekend work for outreach events

  • Includes $1,450 monthly stipend to assist with living expenses.

  • Eligible for Education Award of $6,345, upon successful completion of service.

  • 1700 hour term (September 16, 2021 - July 31, 2022)

  • The member will need to be able to serve in varying weather conditions (rain, snow, heat) for extended periods of time, over uneven terrain, and lift up to 40 pounds.

  • All safety and necessary field equipment is provided


Requirements

  • Must be a college graduate

  • Must have dependable transportation to and from the Palouse Conservation District office

  • Must currently possess a valid driver’s license

  • Must be able to work a 40 hour week

  • Must be able serve in varying weather conditions (rain, snow, heat) for extended periods of time, over uneven terrain, and lift up to 40 pounds

Apply

All applicants must pass a background check.

 

To apply for this AmeriCorps opportunity, visit the AmeriCorps Application Portal.

Questions

For more information about Palouse Conservation District, contact:

Drew Schudlt

Conservation Coordinator

drews@palousecd.org

509-332-4101 ext. 108

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Natural Resource Conservation Internship

Veteran Conservation Corps with the Palouse Conservation District

General Description

The Palouse Conservation District (PCD) is a local, grant funded organization that fosters voluntary conservation of natural resources by providing education, technical expertise, and on-the-ground project implementation to help members of our community reach their conservation goals. PCD is involved in a wide variety of programs and projects in the community including riparian area restoration, research and monitoring, education and outreach, conservation agriculture, and habitat enhancement.  By working closely with local landowners and land managers, PCD is improving soil health, water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat on the Palouse.

Position Summary

Primary duties of this position are to assist PCD staff in the implementation and maintenance of riparian restoration projects on private land throughout southeast Whitman County. Other duties will include but are not limited to assisting PCD staff with water quality and soil health monitoring, vegetation monitoring, and engaging the community through education and outreach events. The goal of this position is to provide the intern with a wide range of experiences in all program areas at PCD.

 

  • Typical work week is 40 hours Monday- Friday with occasional night and weekend work for outreach events

  • Includes a $1,800 monthly stipend to assist with living expenses

  • 6-month term (June 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021)

  • All safety equipment (gloves, eye protection, ear protection, etc.) is provided


Requirements

  • Must be a United States military veteran to be eligible for this position

  • Must have dependable transportation to and from the Palouse Conservation District office

  • Must currently possess a valid driver’s license

  • Must be able to work a 40hour week

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

This is considered an entry level position and no experience is required. Applicants with the following skills, knowledge, and abilities will be given preference.

  • Experience working on a crew to perform time-sensitive construction or restoration projects

  • Experience implementing safety practices in the field with and without supervision

  • Experience operating power and hand tools (brush cutters, mowers, augers, drills, saws, etc.)  

  • Experience properly mixing and applying pesticides

  • Able to lift up to 40-lbs

  • Able to consistently perform strenuous labor in all outdoor conditions

  • Able to take direction and work as a member of a team

  • Able to operate a motor vehicle and haul a trailer

  • Ability to identify common riparian plants of eastern Washington

  • Experience collecting water quality samples and taking streamflow measurements

  • Comfortable and willing to speak to landowners, students, and other members of the public about natural resource issues to promote the goals and mission of PCD   

 

Training

All necessary training required to perform the essential functions/duties is provided on the job.

 

In addition to on-the-job training, this position may include the following formal trainings and certifications to aid in professional development and job training:

 

  • Washington Pesticide Applicator License

  • Plant Identification

  • WET Watershed Education Training

  • Opportunity to attend conservation workshops and symposiums

  • CPR/First Aid

  • Posttraumatic Growth Training

  • PTSD/TBI/Mental Health/Suicide Awareness Training

  • WDVA Veteran Peer Corps Certification

  • VCC Annual Training

  • Resume/cover letter/job interviews

 

Apply

All applicants must pass a background check.

 

To apply for this internship, email a copy of your DD214 and driver license, a resume, and a cover letter explaining your interest in this internship to:

 

Kim Pham

Veterans Conservation Corps Program Specialist

kim@dva.wa.gov

Questions

To learn more about the Veterans Conservation Corps, contact:

Kim Pham

Veterans Conservation Corps Program Specialist

kim@dva.wa.gov

 

For more information about Palouse Conservation District, contact:

Anthony Hatcher

Palouse Conservation District, Conservation Coordinator

anthonyh@palousecd.org

509-553-1854

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