Field technician needed for Institute of Regional Conservation

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The Institute for Regional Conservation — a private non-profit organization — is dedicated to the protection, restoration and long-term management of biodiversity on a regional basis, and to the prevention of local extinctions of rare plants, animals and ecosystems. Based in Florida, IRC works on conservation research and action throughout South Florida, the Caribbean and beyond.

Their work is premised on an innovative idea of conservation that seeks to protect and restore viable populations of all plant and animal species within a region, rather than simply focusing on charismatic animals or plants with narrow global ranges.

The IRC is looking to grow their field crew with an additional field technician. This position will join the current team of five people working on the Pine Rockland Initiative program in Miami-Dade County. Specifically, this position will help restore imperiled pine rockland fragments through invasive plant treatment, hardwood reduction and other restoration activities. This is important work that helps restore and conserve the remaining two percent of pine rockland habitat found outside of Everglades National Park.

Responsibilities include using hand tools, such as chainsaws and brushcutters, applying herbicide, and potentially assisting in prescribed burns. Some knowledge of South Florida plants (native and non-native) is preferred but not required. Must be okay working in South Florida climate. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. This is an entry-level position with the potential to advance up to crew leader as the candidate achieves milestones such as obtaining an herbicide license.

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, log into Handshake with your FIU credentials and type in the following keywords: field technician. Filter location by Miami, FL.

Deadline to apply is August 31.