Job: Field Ecologist with Inland Empire RCD

From the IERCD website:

Field Ecologist

The Field Ecologist reports to and serves under the direct supervision of the District Manager and is responsible for assisting with habitat restoration tasks including maintenance and monitoring of IERCD mitigation and conservation easement sites. Habitat restoration tasks include invasive plant removal, herbicide application, native plant re-vegetation and vegetation monitoring.

The Field Ecologist needs to have experience maintaining and managing restoration sites and overseeing restoration activities carried out by a qualified field crew.

Position Requirements

Working knowledge of local native vegetation and wildlife in the Santa Ana Watershed
Working knowledge of habitat restoration techniques including invasive plant removal and native plant re-vegetation
Working knowledge of techniques and methods for measuring and monitoring plant populations
Be in possession of or willing to obtain a Qualified Applicator’s License (QAL) or Qualified Applicator’s Certificate (QAC) in California for application of herbicide
Experience with GPS hand-held units, GPS tablet/smart phone applications and GIS mapping software
Ability to catalogue and manage data from IERCD projects including GIS data, to create and/or contribute to reports for individual projects, grants and annual district operations
Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs, hike in varying elevations and perform physical tasks required for monitoring and restoration of District sites, for durations lasting as long as 8-9 hours in inclement or hot weather
Be in possession of a current California Driver’s License and auto insurance, as well as reliable transportation

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for the Field Ecologist position will be committed to the mission and values of the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District, and able to effectively communicate with and maintain relationships with partnering agencies and landowners with whom the IERCD regularly collaborates. This individual will have a high level of integrity, honesty and professionalism, and able to work effectively as part of a small, highly committed resource conservation district staff. In addition to position requirements, the best candidate for this position will have some degree of experience working with restoration crews, with threatened/listed species, and as an individual or part of a team analyzing and executing direction over a restoration site.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology or a related field. At least 1 year of related job experience and field experience combined with data analysis is preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range: $41,579-65,002.14/year
Retirement: California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) with District contribution; optional CalPERS 457 enrollment
Benefits: $770/month Cafeteria Plan
12 paid holidays
12 sick days and 10 vacation days accrued annually upon passing probation

The Process

If you are interested in pursuing this unique and exceptional career opportunity, please forward a letter of interest along with your resume to:

Inland Empire Conservation District
C/O Jennifer Castillo, Administrative Assistant
25864-K Business Center Drive,
Redlands, CA 92374
Telephone: (909) 799-7407 x4
Fax: (909) 478-5501
For more information, please visit our website at

Closing Date: 5 PM on Friday, August 11th, 2017

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