Stewardship Technician

  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Oct 01, 2018
Temporary Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness Wildland and Forest Fire Control

Job Description

Job Description

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is the state’s lead conservation agency, and it takes a diverse agency to serve a diverse commonwealth. DCR protects clean water, natural habitats, access to the outdoors, open spaces, and safe infrastructure. The DCR Natural Heritage Division maintains 63 Natural Area Preserves comprising 56,746 acres across the Commonwealth. This division works to identify, protect and steward Virginia’s biodiversity through the cooperation of biologists, ecologists, zoologists, spatial data analysts, conservation planners, and natural areas stewards.

The Mountain Region Stewardship Technician will assist DCR Natural Heritage staff with the management of Natural Area Preserves (NAP) in the Mountain Region of western Virginia. This is a temporary, part-time, hourly position, up to 32 hours per week (no overtime), and no benefits other than worker’s compensation. The schedule is flexible and may include weekends and evenings.The Natural Areas Stewardship Section helps to conserve Virginia’s biodiversity by actively managing over 56,000 acres within the state natural area preserve system.

Assist DCR Natural Heritage Division stewardship staff with management of natural area preserves in the Mountain Region of western Virginia. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: fireline preparation, service on prescribed burn crews, management of invasive species, trail construction and maintenance, assisting with biological monitoring and mapping, organizing and leading volunteer workdays, maintenance of equipment and shop facilities, trash removal, posting preserve boundaries, public environmental interpretation, and promoting responsible use among visitors to the natural area preserves.

Operation of vehicles and equipment such as pickup trucks and trailers, tractors, UTVs, ATVs, chainsaws, pesticide sprayers, hand tools, power tools, and prescribed fire equipment.

If you’re someone who wants to love what you do and make a difference, DCR is the place for you!

Minimum Qualifications

Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently and set priorities.

Good communication skills and the ability to convey the Division of Natural Heritage’s mission to a variety of people.

Excellent physical condition and experience working in arduous field conditions.

Ability to pass the NWCG wildland fire work capacity test (arduous level).

Valid state driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

Significant progress towards Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or natural resources, or equivalent experience. 
Certification in First Aid and CPR. 
Basic wildland firefighter training.

Special Requirements

ABILITY TO REGULARLY WORK IN DIVERSE CONDITIONS INCLUDING EXPOSURE TO THE OUTDOORS, WEATHER IN ALLSEASONS, DUST, ANIMALS AND INSECTS. ABILITY TO PERFORM HEAVY MANUAL LABOR TO INCLUDE STANDING, BENDING, PULLING, CLIMBING, AND FREQUENT LIFTING UP TO 25 POUNDS.

Official transcripts may be required if selected for an interview.

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Job Level

Entry-level  

Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

Pay Range: $13.00 - $15.00 per hour, commensurate with experience