Environmental Scientist Associate (Olema, CA)

TITLE: Environmental Scientist Associate
TYPE: Full-time (One-year appointment with possibility of renewal)
Location: Olema, CA

The Environmental Scientist Associate assists the Watershed Conservation Director with large and small scale habitat restoration and conservation projects and is a key part of a team working to restore creek habitat to recover critically endangered coho salmon in Marin County, CA. The right candidate is capable of strenuous physical labor, enjoys working outdoors and in an office, and works well as part of a team as well as independently.

What You’ll Do:

Habitat Restoration and Maintenance (70%)

  • Carry out habitat restoration projects
    • Install and maintain native plants and trees
    • Install and maintain erosion control features
    • Collect, clean, and organize native seeds
  • Work with and oversee construction contractors
  • Monitor restoration projects for effectiveness
  • Perform project maintenance
    • Invasive species removal
    • Install plant protective measures
    • Feed/fertilize/water/mulch plantings
    • Repair and replace drip irrigation infrastructure
  • Lead and supervise interns and volunteers to carry out tasks

Project Assistance (15%)

  • Scientific study data collection of hydrology and floodplain topography
  • Adult and juvenile salmonid species population monitoring
  • Project planning and design
  • Documentation and reporting

Volunteer Management and Outreach (10%)

  • Plan and lead volunteer events
  • Supervise and train volunteers
  • Database entry
  • Volunteer recruitment

Other (5%)

  • Native plant nursery maintenance
  • Facilities repair
  • Project assistance as needed

What You’ll Bring: the basics

  • Experience in habitat restoration techniques (including erosion control, seeding, irrigation, planting)
  • Experience leading groups and supervising volunteers
  • Knowledge of, or fast ability to learn, native and non-native flora and fauna
  • Understanding of ecological restoration and ecology
  • Interest in stream restoration and hydrology
  • Strong skills in data collection and entry
  • Flexible and adaptable approach
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, natural resources, ecology, hydrology, fisheries biology, or another related field

What You’ll Bring: what sets you apart!

  • Experience with stream restoration projects
  • Experience operating heavy machinery (skid-steer, tractor, backhoe, etc.)
  • Experience handling endangered species, fish, or other wildlife
  • Experience with salmonid biology and research
  • Experience with Arc GIS and GPS
  • Interest or experience in marine wildlife conservation

LOCATION: Candidates must commute daily to the Turtle Island Restoration Network’s offices in beautiful, rural West Marin, CA near Point Reyes National Seashore, to nearby work sites and meetings throughout Marin County.

SALARY: This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal. Salary is commensurate with experience, with a strong health/vacation benefit package. Position
begins in May or June 2018. TIRN is committed to creating a diverse workforce. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Application accepted immediately, position open until filled. Please EMAIL a
resume and cover letter to preston@tirn.net. Include “Environmental Scientist Associate” in the subject line.

About Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN): TIRN is an award-winning marine wildlife protection organization with offices in California, Texas and Hawai’i, whose local initiative includes the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN). SPAWN is an innovative environmental organization that works to protect and recover endangered coho salmon of central California. This position is based in Marin County. Learn about our work at www.seaturtles.org/salmon.