The Park Ranger is a full-time position that reports to the Director of Conservation and Outdoor Education and is responsible for daily property maintenance, including landscaping, at the direction of the Director and Executive Director. Position is also responsible for maintaining the Southern Conservation Trust’s public and private preserves, and monitoring conserved properties throughout the year, which may include:
Maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public at the direction of the Director
Removes exotic species and wildlife concerns at the direction of the Director
May operate machinery such as brush cutters, mowers, weed eaters, and backpack sprayers
Maintains SCT preserves with weed eating, mowing and general maintenance weekly
Creates and maintains records of stewardship activities
Maintains all SCT tools and equipment
Monitors easements assigned
Occasional travel to easement locations within the Southeast
Responsible for trail maintenance and reporting to Director monthly
May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances
May require long hours in isolated settings
Interacts with preserve visitors, conveys basic preserve information, and work parties as needed
Under the direction of the Director, repair and maintain decking, gates, and other SCT property, and repair or maintain trails and trail-related signage and kiosks, access roads
Perform scheduled maintenance at SCT facilities, including restroom buildings
Caretaking of SCT planting projects to ensure success
Keep accurate records on activities and maintenance logs
Participate in evaluating visitor use patterns
Monitoring conditions of sites and natural and cultural resources
Ensuring facilities and customer use areas are free of visible safety hazards
Conduct weed control on all SCT properties using weed eater, tractor, mower, manual removal, and herbicide application by back-pack, and tractor as assigned by the Director
Conduct habitat restoration activities as assigned
Strong and reliable work ethic; ability to rigidly adhere to maintenance and management schedules.
Basic carpentry, landscaping, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical skills.
Ability to safely operate a chainsaw and other power tools.
Willingness to work with chemical herbicides after appropriate training.
Willingness to work in all kinds of weather conditions; walk for several miles over rough terrain; and endure biting and stinging insects.
Ability to prioritize tasks, develop timeframes, and complete tasks within timeframes.
Ability to resolve problems independently as delegated.
Ability to document, in writing, work performed.
Must pass a nationwide background check and drug test if requested.
In addition to the competencies identified above, the Park Ranger must possess a valid driver's license and demonstrate the ability to safely operate 2 and 4 wheel Drive vehicles, forklifts, tractors (backhoe/loader), and UTVs.
Preferred Skills / Knowledge:
Experience managing small construction projects.
Experience with trail construction.
Experience with chemical herbicides and associated equipment
Knowledge of local flora and fauna.
Experience with GPS and RDM collection.
Work done through Americorps or the US Military
Ability to do physical work related to various maintenance and fieldwork activities.
Ability to walk over uneven, hilly and/or difficult terrain for one to two miles with a three-gallon backpack sprayer.
Ability to lift and carry tools and heavy (60-100 pounds) field equipment.
Ability to drive for local and regional travel.
Additional Salary Information: Addition benefits include: $300 monthly insurance stipend, $45 per month cell phone reimbursement, and $45 per month mileage reimbursement for local travel and reimbursement at 0.545 per mile for outside county travel
About Southern Conservation Trust
Southern Conservation Trust is a community land trust founded in 1993 by Fayette County residents eager to preserve greenspace as our community develops. The Trust protects green-space, conserves forests, safeguards rivers, shelters wildlife, provides environmental education, and ensures that everyone has access to nature in our own communities throughout the Southeast.
The Trust works with landowners who wish to permanently protect the ecological, agricultural, scenic or historic qualities of their land. Participating landowners permanently protect their property from development with a conservation easement. The Trust owns, manages and protects over 16,032 acres, including four donated preserves throughout the state of Georgia.
We manage six public nature areas in Fayette County: Flat Creek Nature Area, Line Creek Nature Area , Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary, Morgan Grove Nature Area, Nesmith Preserve, and The Ridge Nature Area.
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