Wetland Restoration Technician

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Rochester, New York, USA
  • Feb 05, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains

Job Description


The Nature Conservancy is implementing wetland restoration projects to improve habitat for fish and waterfowl and to reduce nutrients and sediment by creating channels and open water potholes and restoring floodplains within the Lakeshore Marshes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Honeoye Lake WMA.  The Restoration Technician will assist with carrying out project implementation actions, including response monitoring, project coordination, restoration design and community outreach during the 2018 field season.  This is a full-time, short term position.  Please note housing is not provided. 


The Restoration Technician will assist with the design and site preparation for the restoration actions.  S/he will work with staff, partners and volunteers to collect various environmental data that will be used to evaluate the project’s effectiveness.  This includes collecting fish data, wetland vegetation information, working with expert volunteer birders to collect information on marsh birds and analyzing Drone imagery.   S/he may also help to remove exotic species and interact with public regarding the overall objectives and strategies of the project.  This is a great opportunity to learn about an active ecological restoration project, with various partner organizations and stakeholder interests.  


  • Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.     
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires long hours in isolated settings.                                   
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor. 
  • May work under infrequent supervision.


  • High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species.        
  • Experience collecting scientific data and maintaining quality records. 
  • Experience operating various types of equipment.                        
  • Experience working in a team environment.     
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record     


  • 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management.                     
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.  
  • Demonstrated experience collecting scientific data; maintaining accurate records (e.g. field forms and digital database).
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species. 
  • Ability to swim and is comfortable in canoes and kayaks. 
  • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; brush cutter, chainsaw, DO meter, etc.).
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • PC familiarity, including database knowledge.                  


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.

All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 11, 2018.

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