This is a skilled position within the Park District which performs in all areas of the natural areas stewardship program, including but not limited to: natural resource inventory, management, monitoring and protection, invasive plant control, mapping, equipment maintenance, cleaning and other duties necessary for the stewardship natural areas.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
Under direction of the Natural Areas Steward, assists with all aspects and duties related to natural resource management and stewardship; duties chiefly focused on controlling invasive plant species, identifying and protecting high quality habitats, maintenance of meadow and early successional habitats, establishing and maintaining restored natural plant communities
Monitoring natural areas for community quality and negative impacts
Controlling invasive plant species using chemical, manual and cultural methods
Maintaining meadow and early successional habitats with brush hogging
Planting and maintaining trees and shrubs or other plant species
GPS mapping of natural resources and stewardship activities
Completing and maintaining herbicide application records
Maintenance and organization of stewardship tools and supplies
Assist with inventory of natural resources (i.e. plant communities, wetlands, streams, etc.)
Guide and work with volunteers to accomplish stewardship tasks and projects
Entry and compilation of various data gathered pertaining to natural area stewardship
Assist with the restoration and repair of trails and other use areas affecting the health of natural areas
Assist and accommodate staff, researchers and students from partner agencies and academia
Assist other staff and departments as directed to complete other tasks, projects and events necessary for the operation of Portage Park District.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Interest in and support of the Portage Park District mission
General knowledge and understanding of natural habitats occurring in the Portage County region, with current skills or desire to identify local floral and faunal species
Knowledge and experience in the proper use and maintenance of appropriate vehicles, tools and equipment related to natural area stewardship, such as: trucks, tractors, chainsaws, mowers, pesticide sprayers, hand tools, power tools.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating instructions, pesticide labels, procedure manuals and other educational manuals and instructions.
Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing; take direction and follow instructions.
General skill with the use of GPS unit, compass and maps, and ability to successfully navigate through natural areas.
Basic skill with word processing and spreadsheet programs.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, sit, walk over rough terrain, cycle, use hands and fingers to handle, grasp, feel, type, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance. The employee is required to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and lift 80 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the regular duties of this job, the employee works in a natural park environment with exposure to a broad range of outside weather conditions including wet, windy and/or humid conditions and temperatures below 32 degrees and above 100 degrees for periods of more than an hour.
The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in this position may at times be extreme. The employee may be exposed to various communicable diseases, insects, animals and poisonous plants. The employee may be exposed to outside pollutants in the air, water or land. The employee may be exposed to various chemicals, oils and pesticides.
Employee is frequently required to travel to parks throughout the District
Employee may have an irregular schedule if necessary and often may be required to work independently with little or no supervision, and as a team member or supervisor of a work crew.
Employee must maintain a respectable appearance and be able to pleasantly and helpfully interact with the public as necessary.
EDUCATION TRAINING AND /OR EXPERIENCE:
Current or past enrollment in environmental/conservation studies or completion of such course work is preferred, high school diploma required as minimum. Previous experience in natural resource stewardship is useful, but not necessary. Applicants shall possess a strong desire to practice and develop skills necessary for the stewardship of natural areas. Possession of Ohio Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License helpful, completion of the Trained Service Persons manual required minimally.
Additional Salary Information: Paid hourly based on experience
Internal Number: 20182
About Portage Park District
The Portage Park District is an independent political subdivision of the State of Ohio formed in 1991 with its jurisdiction covering all of Portage County. Although it is independent of County government, the Park District utilizes the services of the Portage County Auditor, Treasurer and Prosecutor. It is governed by an unpaid, five-member Board of Park Commissioners appointed by Portage County Probate Judge according to Ohio Revised Code Section 1545.