Vegetation Management Crew Member

at City Of Boulder
Location Boulder, CO
Date Posted February 9, 2019
Category Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Job Type Temporary

Description

Under direct supervision assists with invasive plant and general vegetation management techniques to support and maintain conservation and restoration of native plant and wildlife habitats, agricultural lands, recreation infrastructure, and performs related duties as assigned.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Works as part of a team to conduct invasive plant management techniques such as mowing, weed whipping, herbicide treatments, cut-stump tree removal, biological control insect releases, and native species seeding, and planting based on best management practices in various agricultural, natural, and restoration areas.
  • Assists in restoration projects, including invasive tree removal, native plantings, seed collection, seedbed preparation and seeding, and invasive plant species treatments for vegetation and wildlife habitat enhancements.
  • Participates and aids in projects involving employees and/or volunteers in performing management practices in natural and restoration areas.
  • Maintains detailed records of invasive species and restoration treatments performed and resources used.
  • Performs surveys and mapping of invasive species infestations using GPS technology and aerial photography.
  • Assists in rare plant inventory and monitoring.
  • Assists with monitoring land management activities.
  • Operates four-wheel drive vehicles on rough terrain.
  • Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents. Uses all proper safety equipment. Reports all accidents and damage to City property.
  • Responsible for knowing and complying with all City and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Experience in invasive plant species management and/or restoration in natural areas settings.
  • Ability to perform a wide range of physical and manual tasks in an outdoor environment under a variety of weather conditions.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people including the ability to deal courteously with the public and land users.
  • Experience with equipment including various hand tools such as shovels, weed whips, and rakes.
  • Ability to organize and maintain supplies and equipment.
  • Ability to keep accurate records, organize information and prepare written reports.
  • Ability to evaluate conditions in assigned area and make judgments related to safety.
  • Driving skill, experience and acceptable motor vehicle record, current Colorado license required.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:

  • College level coursework in restoration ecology, ecology, botany, environmental biology, or related field.
  • Strong plant identification skills.
  • Training and/or experience in vegetation inventory and restoration practices.
  • Effective analytical skills.
  • Effective writing skills.
  • Experience with GIS software and applications.
  • Training and/or experience in mapping, aerial photo interpretation and map reading.
  • Experience with equipment including chainsaw, backpack herbicide applicator, herbicide sprayer mounted on a utility vehicle, wood chipper, and small tractor with attached mower.
  • Familiarity with personal computer and office software programs (word processing, spreadsheet).

 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

 

WORKING CONDITIONS - Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:
In addition to the information listed in the job duties and requirements sections.

Physical and Mental Effort: Primarily strenuous physical work in an outdoor environment requiring the ability to frequently stand, walk and kneel for extended periods of time while using manual, power and long handled tools in an outdoor environment under a variety of weather conditions. Upper body strength to lift to 65 pounds daily and over 100 pounds on an occasional basis.

Work Environment: Frequently works outside with an exposure to a variety of weather conditions. Able to hike over uneven terrain while carrying a 40-pound backpack. Works in a setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.

Machines and equipment used include but are not limited to the following: Four-wheel drive vehicle, tractor with attached mower deck, wood chipper, chainsaw, utility vehicle with herbicide spray equipment, various hand tools, non-restricted herbicides; standard office equipment including personal computers, telephones, calculators and copy/fax machines.

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

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