Position Available: Blufflands Field Assistant
The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.
INHF is seeking a passionate, well-organized self-starter to help accomplish more protection and stewardship. The Blufflands Field Assistant (BFA) works directly with the Blufflands Director to carry-out and further develop INHF's protection and stewardship activities in Northeastern Iowa. The Bluffland program's operational base is located in Decorah, Iowa. This is a new, non-exempt, full-time, temporary (8 month) position.
Job duties include:
- Assist with all aspects of natural area stewardship including prescribed fire, invasive species control, woodland management and prairie management.
- Train, supervise and ensure the safety of the 4-person Bluffland Land Stewardship Intern crew.
- Supervise for-hire stewardship crews and contractors.
- Coordinate and lead volunteers.
- Assist with all aspects of conservation easement monitoring including landowner contact, monitoring and reporting.
- Complete annual site inspections and reporting of INHF-owned properties.
- Maintain and repair stewardship equipment.
- Assist in stewardship and project administration including documentation, research, grant reporting, creating maps, drafting management plans and creating baseline data reports.
- Baccalaureate degree in natural resource management, animal ecology, wildlife biology, botany, forestry, environmental sciences or a related field.
- Knowledge and field experience with natural area restoration and management.
- Experience in the identification of native and non-native flora and fauna.
- Experience operating and maintain power equipment including chainsaws, brush cutters, ATVs and tractors.
- Experience using herbicides and application equipment.
- Experience with prescribed fire (S130/S190 certification preferred).
- Ability to work long hours in adverse weather conditions and difficult terrain.
- Well-developed interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to lead and work with a broad range of people with different skill sets, backgrounds and personalities.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
- General understanding of agricultural practices and issues.
- General understanding of voluntary land protection methods.
- Ability to budget time and resources among multiple demands.
How to apply:
Application should include the following:
- Cover letter explaining how your skill-set and experience fits the position and how you would make a valuable addition to INHF.
- List of three references and their contact information.
Send your completed application either electronically (PDF or Word format) or by mail to:
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
802 Fair Street
Decorah, IA 52101
Reminder: The deadline is Feb. 6, 2015.