Conservation Worker

City of Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
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Nature of Work: 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: 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. Medical Card, and MDARD Commercial Pesticide Applicator license (Category 6)
required by start of employment. The incumbent must have the ability to safely operate a
motor vehicle as he/she may be required to drive a vehicle for local travel. Must have a valid
Driver’s License.

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

Work Schedule: Typical season is March-December

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

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.


Licenses & Certifications


Pesticide Application Lic

Drivers License