Land Management Technician
Naples, FL, United States
15 days ago
Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.
Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.
The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Blair Audubon Visitor Center located in Naples, FL is one of National Audubon Society’s premiere centers. Operating as part of the Audubon Florida state program, Corkscrew public programs at the Sanctuary unite visitor and education experiences with science and conservation to understand, protect, and restore habitats on the Sanctuary’s 13,450 acres and its regional and connected watershed and public lands corridors. The Sanctuary is well served by seasoned staff who are experts in their fields and by a dedicated and talented pool of volunteers, and the Sustainability Board.
The Land Management Technician will report to the Senior Resource Manager and will be primarily responsible for aiding in the implementation of an ecologically sound land management plan developed by the team. This will involve direct field work treating invasive exotics and native invasive plant species, assisting with prescribed burns, and coordinating with field crews or volunteers to assist with these primary tasks.
The Land Management Technician will work collaboratively with the research team, facilities, volunteers, and interns.
- Monitor and control exotic, invasive and native invasive species on the sanctuary using boom sprayers, backpack sprayers, ATV sprayers, and other equipment as needed.
- Aid in prescribed burning activities on the property, to include burn unit preparations, equipment maintenance and preparation, and mopping up.
- Rehabilitate habitat using mechanical means such as tractors, discs, mowers, and other tractor implements, chainsaws, and weed eaters.
- Implement, recommend and follow safe work habits and procedures.
- Drive and assist in basic maintenance of multiple off-road vehicles including, but not limited to, ATVs and swamp buggies.
- Ensure that all equipment used for burning and managing the property is well maintained.
- Interact with and effectively train volunteers and interns to conduct management activities, where appropriate.
- Maintain records of land management activities.
- Provide written and verbal progress reports.
- Assist with general sanctuary maintenance.
- 2+ years' professional experience in land management activities required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
- Demonstrated commitment to safety through strict adherence to health and safety requirements
- Must have, or be able to obtain, certifications in S130/S190 Fire Training, First Aid and CPR Training, and Herbicide Applicators License upon hire.
- Flexible availability, with a willingness to work evenings and weekends as the job demands.
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record, as well as have personal vehicle for transportation to/from the job site.
- Must possess basic computer skills including Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word, Outlook.
- Experience with herbicidal application, as well as knowledge of South Florida ecosystems, preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and ability to work as part of a team.
- Strong organizational and relationship building skills, with excellent attention to detail.
- A problem solver, who can work and independently and be creative and resourceful.
- Solid judgement and the ability to act quickly in case of an emergency.
- Experience in safely operating and maintaining tools, power equipment, agricultural equipment and land management equipment preferred.
- Capable of working long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to harsh South Florida environment (sun, biting insects, severe summer storms), sometimes alone and carrying field gear (up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods with or without accommodation.
- Ability and willingness to work in murky waters and thick vegetation that serve as home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes.
- Demonstrate an interest in conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.