Cloud Forest Restoration Technician

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Work type: Staff
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 5 - CSUEU - Operations and Support Services, Custodial/Facilities, Temporary, Part Time

Division of Academic Affairs


*** Temporary/Intermittent Position.  10-30 hours per week. ***

This is an intermittent, grant supported position subject to annual renewal of funds - no permanent appointment will be reached from this position.


Supports Cloud Forest specific restoration efforts, invasive plant control, plant population surveys, and includes data entry, and volunteer management. Field duties include nursery management, scheduling and planning logistics, restoration site management support, rare plant vegetation surveys, volunteer and service-learning group oversight, and collaboration with multiple entities including CIES (California Institute for Environmental Studies), Channel Islands National Park, and USGS. Performs nursery work, seed collection, cleaning, treatment, and propagation. Maintains irrigations systems and conducts restoration fieldwork. Drives UTVs, large trucks, and hauls heavy loads on unpaved roads. Office work will include data entry and proofing, GIS mapping and management, data analysis and report writing. Performs other related duties as assigned.


A bachelor's degree in a field science related to the scope of restoration operations (i.e., botany, biology, environmental science, ecology, geology) is preferred. Two years' experience in performing work in the cultivation and care of nursery or ornamental plants or farming with at least one year of experience working in a field setting is required.

Educational pre-requisites include knowledge of nursery management, restoration and conservation biology, and basic botany. Experience with 4-WD and big trucks, including driving/hauling heavy loads is preferred. Given the unique cultural resources on Santa Rosa Island, must have a general understanding of principles and practices related to the protection of cultural resources. Enthusiasm for fieldwork and for working in a variety of weather conditions is a must. Strong interest in island ecology and a desire to work on habitat restoration and invasive plant management projects.

Much of the work is conducted on a remote island, requiring an ability to get along well with others, work independently with little supervision, and be able to live and work in close quarters away from mainland life is essential. Volunteer Group-Leader training and certification by NPS will be a requirement within two months of hire.

Must have a demonstrated ability to independently perform day-to-day activities under general supervision. Strong organization, communication, and problem-solving skills are critical for this position, along with demonstrated maturity, accountability, and sound judgement. Demonstrated ability to effectively plan and manage logistics are required. Ability to lift 40 pounds and hike extended distances in support of field activities required. Basic maintenance skills needed. Ability to independently handle multiple projects. Thorough knowledge of and skills in standard office procedures and practices, as well as an ability to understand and operate in a variety of organizational structures. Demonstrated ability to communicate at an effective and professional level, both written and orally. Must be prepared to live in university provided facilities on Santa Rosa Island as needed to perform work responsibilities. Position requires flexibility with regards to work schedule and hours including travel to the field; may include working weekends, evenings, and overnight stays on the island with advanced notice.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Hiring Range:  $21.00 - $26.00 per hour

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