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Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum-Natural Areas Stewardship Technician-Mon, 12/02/2019 - 1:00pm

Natural Areas Stewardship Technician


Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
1800 N. Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor , MI 48105

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Job Summary
The University of Michigan, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum is seeking to hire 1 full-time, temporary (9 month, 2 term limited) Natural Areas Stewardship Technician to assist in the stewardship of the natural areas of our four properties in support of research, teaching, public outreach and conservation goals. Employment begins Monday, March 2, 2020 and ends Friday November 27, 2020 with the possibility of working a second season in 2021. This position is 40 hours with occasional weekend and evening work.

Weekly Schedule: 40 hours / week - Monday through Friday, occasional weekends and evenings

Duties & Responsibilities 

Working outdoors, alone or as part of a team, on our four properties
Locating and identifying native and exotic invasive plants
Using herbicides, weed torch, power tools and equipment (including some maintenance),
hand tools and various techniques to manage exotic invasive plants
Cutting, dragging and chipping brush. Pulling, bagging and removing exotic invasive weeds
Assisting with prescribed burns
Supervising and leading student interns, work-study students and volunteers
Native plant seed identifying and collection
Using GPS/GIS mapping equipment and programs

Education and Experience 

Required Qualifications*
A good work ethic, enthusiasm for teamwork and a willingness to learn
Previous experience with landscape care, botany, ecology or ecological restoration
The ability to move and transport up to 40lbs
Must be willing and able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, tolerate biting
insects, working around poison ivy and other challenges of field work
An ability or willingness to learn to use a variety of power equipment and hand tools is
necessary: tractors, mowers, utility vehicles, chainsaws, brush cutters, wood chipper, etc.
A State of Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License or willingness to obtain one is
required (Matthaei-Nichols provides study materials and may cover certification expenses) and a willingness to apply herbicides is necessary

Desired Qualifications*
Previous experience with any of the following: Restoration ecology, prescribed burns,
herbicide applications, native plant surveys, invasive plant removal, general landscaping
work, operating and maintaining power equipment
Previous leadership and supervisory experience is desired
Experience growing and tending a variety of plants is also desired

Application Instructions 

How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. To apply, please visit the University of Michigan Careers website, Job Opening ID 181449.

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted through Sunday, January 5, 2020.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Full Name 
Rachel Bernecker