Ecologist

Ecologist/Project Manager at Great River Greening.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Great River Greening is a conservation nonprofit that restores the land, builds community partnerships, and inspires stewardship. Great River Greening has grown significantly in its geographic scope in the last few years, but the staff remains small and works collaboratively as a friendly and committed team. We maintain a workplace culture that recognizes the value of work-life balance.

The Ecologist/Project Manager joins a team of other ecologists, each of whom executes and manages individual projects, as well as collaborates on larger projects and events. Guided by our mission, campaigns, and the particular interests and goals of the ecologist, projects may include bank and slope stabilization, natural areas restoration, ecological inventories, and restoration planning. While many backgrounds are possible, we would prefer someone who has, in addition to habitat restoration, experience in working lands practices and/or agricultural landowners to promote rural land and water conservation practices. As project manager, the ecologist may execute field supervision, cost estimates, and specifications. The ecologist will conduct independent field and site reviews and must have access to a car.

Salary package:   Full-time (40 hours per week), Monday through Friday, with occasional evenings and Saturdays. Salary range is $48,000 – 55,000, depending upon experience. This position has full benefits, including medical, retirement, and vacation.

Responsibilities

  • Execute site analysis, ecological restoration plans, cost estimates, and implementation plans.
  • Perform Project Management tasks including project development, bid development and project management with assistance from other staff.
  • Provide guidance to Greening’s field crew in the implementation of ecological restoration tasks. Work with contractors and partners, where applicable.
  • Provide ecological training and education to volunteers, clients, and partner organizations when necessary.
  • Represent Great River Greening at volunteer events, public meetings, and in interaction with public and private landowners.
  • Perform other related tasks as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in conservation biology or related field.  A portfolio of work products will be requested for the job interview.
  • 5 years of related field experience
  • Experience in native plant community restoration, best management practices (BMPs), working lands.
  • Experience in supervising crew installation.
  • Strong familiarity with native plant community types of the Upper Midwest and good plant identification skills.
    Working knowledge of ARC Map.
  • Demonstrated experience with project management, through to installation, including field supervision and developing/tracking budgets.
  • Conscientious, collaborative, reliable.

HOW TO APPLY:

Electronic submissions only. Submit your cover letter addressing each of the qualifications and resume to Todd Rexine, Director of Operations, trexine@greatrivergreening.org. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2016.