Assists with Restoration Ecology activities including habitat management and research.
• A 2 or 4 year degree in Ecology, Biology, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Management or equivalent years of experience.
• Knowledge of Ohio natural history and experience with plant identification and field monitoring techniques.
• Desire to work outside at any time of year.
• Independent decision making / problem solving ability within parameters of job duties / responsibilities required.
• Experience with hand tools (including chainsaws) and equipment (such as tractor and implements) and ATVs required.
• Herbicide application training (Ohio Pesticide Applicator License or Trained Service Person) experience preferred.
• Land management experience, including prescribed fire training preferred.
• Good organizational and computer skills (Windows, Word, Excel, etc).
• Ability to work a flexible schedule from May through February, including occasionally scheduled evenings, weekends and holidays required.
• Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing required.
• Ability to plan, organize and work in an efficient manner and without direct supervision required.
• Ability to provide excellent guest service, positively interacting with internal program participants, co-workers and external partners.
• Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all Wilds/Zoo team members and contacts on company business required.
• Ability to adhere to standard operating procedures including but not limited to safety protocols required.
• Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required.
• Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.
• Conducts land stewardship and resource management activities, including vegetation control by various means (chemical, mechanical and manual).
• Operates and maintains equipment in a safe and efficient manner (tractor, chainsaw, herbicide and various other implements).
• Assists with establishment and upkeep of restoration ecology habitat improvement projects, applied research and wildlife monitoring programs.
• Assists with coordination and training of students, volunteers and interns, especially related to field research and resource management.
• Assists with research activities, including data collection and management.
• Works with the Director of Restoration Ecology to facilitate public tours and interpret project goals / outcomes to diverse audiences.
• Supports project funding opportunities (grant reporting / writing) as assigned.
• Constantly strives to further the organization’s mission, avidly supports the Wilds, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Safari and Golf Club.
• Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
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