Vegetation Management Assistant Crew Leader

  • Boulder Colorado
  • Boulder, CO, USA
  • Feb 04, 2021
Temporary Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources GIS - Remote Sensing Urban Forestry

Job Description

Description

The City of Boulder is a great place to live, work, grow and play.

With over 300 miles of dedicated bikeways and more than 150 miles of hiking trails, Boulder values active lifestyles and access to nature. Forty-five thousand acres of land provide open space for parks and a green belt around the city.  With world class restaurants and art and music venues, The City of Boulder values diverse culture. 

Respect is one of our five City Values (including Customer Service, Collaboration, Integrity and Innovation) and we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We celebrate and support our differences across all spectrums, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, age, disability and sexuality. Through our focus on Racial Equity, our employee benefits, and the many programs resources we offer our staff, we continually strive to weave respect for one another into the fabric of our organization. 

Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help us grow in service excellence for an inspired future.

This job posting is "continuous" or "open until filled" and will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

OVERVIEW OF ROLE:

Help protect Boulder’s diverse and unique natural resources. OSMP’s Vegetation Management team conducts long-term, watershed level invasive species management and restoration practices on natural lands in order to maintain and restore ecosystem function. This position is expected to assist Vegetation Management Crew Leaders with project coordination and oversee a crew of three. The job demands sustained focus, attention to detail, and a team-oriented mindset. Assistant Crew Leads will have the opportunity to gain technical certifications and learn new skills and best practices related to vegetation management and ecological restoration.

Role Responsibilities:

Crew Leader Support and Project Supervision 

  • Provide project coordination and direct the work of a Vegetation Management Crew, volunteer groups and other staff or work groups assigned to vegetation management projects.  
  • Assume leadership of crew in absence of Crew Leader.
  • Conduct equipment training and daily safety briefings on projects.
  • Cultivate a positive, collaborative team-orientated work environment.  

Invasive and Noxious Plant Management /Restoration Practices 

  • Perform management prescriptions include weed whipping, hand-pulling/digging, herbicide treatments with hand-held and backpack sprayers and tree and shrub cut-stump treatments to help protect and restore native ecosystems. 
  • Maintain detailed records of daily management prescriptions for database input and permitting requirements.
  • Assist with surveys and data collection for assorted invasive and native species using GPS technology and aerial photography.
  • May conduct biocontrol insect releases and assist with seasonal livestock management prescriptions. 
  • May perform native species seed collections and shrub planting. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Driver's license and ability to maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record. 
  • Acceptable background information including criminal history is required.
  • Ability to perform a wide range of physical and manual tasks in an outdoor environment under a variety of weather conditions. Physical ability to stand, walk, kneel and lift heavy objects on a regular basis.
  • Ability to learn invasive/native plant identification. Interest in plants, natural resources or ecology.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:

  • Teamwork: Work effectively as a member of a team in potentially stressful and difficult conditions.  This position requires problem-solving on an interpersonal and group level. Contribute to a safe learning environment; willing and able to work in a collaborative manner to help achieve program objectives.
  • Written and Oral Communication: Ability to follow and give written and oral direction involving task assignments and safety protocols. Effectively communicate ideas or concerns of the crew with the crew leader or appropriate staff.
  • Work Ethic: Ability to stay engaged and motivate others with frequently repetitive manual tasks for up to 10 hours at a time. Ability to maintain a high standard of work quality for both themself and others.
  • Customer Service: Represent the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks with integrity to the public and project partners at all times.
  • Attention to Detail: Ability to keep accurate records, organize information, and follow established procedures. Attentive to changing field conditions, crew needs, plant morphology, and native and invasive species.
  • Safety: Ability to perform risk and hazard analysis and implement proper safety measures; ability to judge weather conditions. Vigilance in maintaining crew and personal safety.

PREFERRED SKILLS/COMPETENCIES:

  • Vegetation Management Techniques: Experience in integrated vegetation and/or invasive species management in forest, grassland or riparian ecosystems. Ability to operate and use equipment such as weed whips, mowers, backpack/handheld herbicide sprayers and/or other related landscape maintenance equipment. College level coursework in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Studies or a related field can be substituted for experience. 
  • Plant Identification Skills: Knowledge of common Front Range native and invasive species and/or and ability to use a dichotomous key to identify species.
  • Initiative: Ability to identify what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it.
  • Mapping Techniques: Training and/or experience with GPS devices, GIS applications, map reading, and aerial photo interpretation. 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Additional plant identification skills and regional ecology.
  • 4WD/Trailer driving and backing.
  • Vegetation management equipment training, operation and maintenance (including weed whips and herbicide sprayers)
  • Basic GIS and database application skills.
  • Certified pesticide applicators license (requires some personal time outside of regular hours)

HIRING TIMELINE:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting at the end of January.  Interviews will start in February.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals experiencing disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. 

As part of the City of Boulder hiring process a background check, DMV, and general reference check will be performed. 

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

$19.50 - $22.00 Hourly