Local recruitment: Conservation Worker II

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI, USA 🇺🇸

Starting Hourly Rate: $18.68

Work Schedule: Typical season is March-December

Manually remove invasive plant species from natural areas. Assist with prescribed ecological burns. Monitor progress of restoration and ecological stewardship activities. Maintain and construct tails. Collect, process, and sow seed from native plants. Keep accurate, detailed records of work performed. Apply herbicide for the control of invasive plant species. Help lead and supervise volunteer workdays.

Required Qualifications:

  • If hired, candidate is required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no later than their start date or have a City of Ann Arbor approved medical / religious exemption
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • Medical Card, and MDARD Commercial Pesticide Applicator license (Category 6) required by start of employment
  • Must obtain CPR/AED and First Aid certification within 30 days of employment. The City offers CPR/AED and First Aid classes, which are free to Parks employees. Please note, your certification must be from an organization that has been approved by the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, Child Care Licensing Division.
    Please see link for list of approved organizations. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completion of at least 2 years of college work in natural resources or equivalent field
  • Knowledge of native and non-native flora, common invasive species and their control methods
  • Ability to perform strenuous manual labor outdoors, operate chainsaws, brush blades, and other power tools
  • Good interpersonal skills, suitable for working with volunteers and the public at large
  • Ability to work with minimal direct field supervision
  • Basic computer skills

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that may be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Positions in this class typically require: driving, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, grasping, feeling, talking, hiking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

The work includes hiking long distances in and out of a park carrying heavy tools.

The work often involves the ability to perform routine moderate lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. including regularly moving heavy logs off the trail and carrying 5 gallons of water on incumbent’s back during burn season. Work may be performed off the trail on uneven terrain. In addition, the work will require seasonal exposure to extreme (both hot and cold) weather conditions, including snow and ice and working in adverse weather conditions.