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Ecological Restoration Technician

Ed's Buckthorn Control

Minnetonka, MN

Do you love to be outdoors, in the woods, interacting with nature? Ed’s Buckthorn Control is seeking help from people who want to save the natural landscape as much as we do!

Based in Minnetonka, MN

Start Date: ASAP

Hours: Full time weekday work hours, 4 x 10 hour shifts depending on weather and sunrise/sunset. If there is a rain-out earlier in the week, then we work Friday.

Pay: Starting $15-17/hr, depending on experience

General Duties

We’re seeking full-time restoration technicians to work in locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area, primarily based in the west metro, working on large- and small- scale buckthorn removal/native habitat restoration projects. Work includes control of invasive species and maintaining natural plant habitat areas on residential properties, including: cutting and treating buckthorn with herbicide, managing brush, spraying weeds with backpack sprayers, pulling weeds, planting and caging trees and shrubs, seeding, driving an ATV, operating chainsaw, and recordkeeping. W2 basis, paid every other week. Full time, year-round, ideally.

Required Qualifications

Must care about saving native plants

Must be eligible to work in the United States

Must be capable to learn to identify plant species year round, including shrubs and trees in winter (we will train you)

Must be able to learn pesticide application material and acquire license before starting (we provide the books and license fees)

Must be respectful

Must be able to work outdoors during varying weather conditions (heat/cold/rain)

Must be able to work in a wide range of field conditions (steep terrain, insects, mud, thorns)

Must be able to carry moderate amounts of weight (40 lbs)

Must be willing to learn new skills

Must have attention to detail in repetitive work

Must be able to lift and carry brush repeatedly

Must be able to work on hands and knees, and stand/kneel repeatedly

Must have flexibility and access to reliable transportation to get job sites

Must be at least 18 years of age

Must be willing and able to operate chainsaws effectively and safely

Must have sturdy work boots, gloves, tough pants and shirts for thorny woods

Desired Qualifications:

Basic knowledge of common Minnesota native plants and weeds

General natural resources knowledge

Experience working in native habitat restoration, or tree care

Ability to identify different native and non-native tree species

Interest in invasive species management and native landscape restoration

Experience operating chain saws safely and effectively

Experience driving a pickup truck and trailer, especially in reverse