Biological Science Technicians (Seasonal)

  • Presidio Trust
  • Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Nov 03, 2018
Seasonal Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


Our Natural Resources Program is a thought-leader within the ecological community and manages native plant conservation and wildlife, monitors water quality and erosion, and conducts natural resources research, continually challenging conventional thinking and creating innovative solutions to improve the Parks ecological health. We work closely with and share ideas with other innovative leaders in ecology, and engage our local communities.

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The Presidio is a unique national park located in San Francisco at the Golden Gate. The successful applicant will join a team of innovative land stewards working to restore wildlands and biodiversity to this diverse and changing landscape. On any given day at the Presidio, organizations are pursuing new ideas, scientists are conducting research, and people of all ages are volunteering, learning, playing and exploring. Hundreds of former military buildings are animated by more than 3,000 residents and 200 companies, including high tech start-ups, innovative non-profits and others that offer a welcoming mix of visitor experiences. The park has a mosaic of cultural and natural plant communities, including historic gardens and forests and restored and remnant wetlands, sand dunes, grasslands and salt marsh. Almost 400 native plant species grow here, several of which are endangered and grow nowhere else in the world.

Our ideal candidates are passionate about conducting field work in ecological restoration, volunteer management and inventorying, monitoring, and research. You have experience with the tools and practices of the trade, strong plant and animal identification skills, and an understanding of ecological science. You care for the Presidio, and enjoy establishing connections to the park through sharing your knowledge in plant and animal identification, wildlife management, and erosion control. You possess strong interpersonal skills and interact positively with the Presidio and local communities, including volunteers, colleagues, tenants and visitors.

- Install and maintain native plants with attention to the ecological requirements of each species. Control invasive plants using a variety of methods, which may be modified for safety and for the appropriate technique for each species. Implement monitoring protocols to track rare plants and characterize plant communities at restoration and reference sites. Collect and organize field data for tracking work performed and as part of monitoring events.
- Assist with the tool inventory and maintenance program. Install, operate, and maintain resource management tools.
- Participate in the Integrated Pest Management Program at the Presidio, which may include using saws, weed whips, flamers and spraying herbicide if applicant has a Qualified Applicators Certificate from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. 
- Provide advice, assistance, and training to students, student conservation assistants, and volunteers involved in resource management projects and field research.
- Provide information to other employees and visitors about the natural resource management program. May develop and present related interpretive programs to the public.
- Occasionally respond to special requests for assistance with other natural resource projects or programs.
- Work generally as a member of a field crew but may also lead volunteers or assist with volunteer programs. Some work may also be conducted alone.

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