Position: Field Technician
Supervisor: Manager of Land & People Connections/MLPC/Project Manager 2
Employment Type: 1.0 FTEs (full-time equivalent) non-exempt position
Compensation: Competitive salary based on skills and experience
Hours: Generally, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday with occasional weekends.
Field Technician works on all Solano Land Trust (SLT) properties (nine properties totaling over 11,600 acres). Field Technician helps to control weeds, to maintain water infrastructure including troughs and restoration irrigation systems, and to maintain trail, with other duties as assigned. Field Technician works under the direction of the MLPC/Project Manager 2, and may be called upon to work on restoration projects or to assist in vegetation monitoring. Field Technician works in close coordination with other Lands Team staff. Field Technician supports the Lands Team in property, facility and equipment maintenance. He/she may occasionally lead or supervise temporary employees, volunteers, including prison work crews, or contractors. Field Technician works closely with all Solano Land Trust staff and others to support the Solano Land Trust mission. Field Technician interacts with the public and supports use of all facilities by visiting scientists, user groups, and the general public.
The Field Technician is accountable for delivering the following results:
- Prompt and efficient response to requests for management/maintenance of SLT’s facilities, properties and infrastructure.
- Accurate and complete activities logs, including timesheets, maintenance records, monitoring data sheets, property visit records and other forms as assigned by MLPC/Project Manager 2.
- Consistent watering and weed control of mitigation sites, as directed.
Landscape and Habitat Maintenance (all properties unless otherwise specified):
- Conduct weed control on all SLT properties using weed eater, tractor mower, chain saw, manual removal, and/or herbicide application by back-pack, ATV, and tractor as assigned by MLPC/Project Manager 2.
- Under the direction of MLPC/Project Manager 2, repair and maintain all fences, gates, barns and other livestock-related facilities, and repair or maintain trails and trail-related signage and kiosks, ranch roads.
- Direct concerns from or regarding grazing licensees to MLPC/Project Manager 2.
- Conduct habitat restoration activities as assigned.
- Support MLPC/Project Manager 2 in scheduled and minor maintenance of off-grid electrical system, well-supplied public water system and the septic system on SLT properties.
- Maintain and build/repair well-supplied stock water and irrigation systems, including windmills, electric and solar pumps, storage tanks, piping, and troughs at all SLT owned properties.
- Under the direction of MLPC/Project Manager 2, maintain vehicles and equipment, including hand and power tools, vehicles, trailers and other equipment as assigned.
- Keep accurate records on activities and maintenance logs.
- Coordinate with other staff and user groups and their requirements.
- Interact with and provide assistance to groups and visitors utilizing facilities.
- Check in and orient visiting scientists and guests using living quarters, office space, and laboratory space, as needed.
- Assist docents with educational programs.
- Assist staff with fund-raising events.
- Assist MLPC/Project Manager 2 with Citizen Science, as needed.
Every team member at SLT is considered a leader who embraces the role they have been assigned and encourages colleagues to be their best through effective communication, collaboration and shared values. As a small organization, we are self-starters and are flexible to the ever changing circumstances. We operate from a place of integrity, trust, and personal responsibility with the goal of representing SLT in a positive way. We have mutual respect for one another and use discretion in all business dealings and communication.
- High school diploma or GED Plus three years related work experience.
- Associates Degree or Trade School certification in a relevant field may substitute for one year of experience.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field may substitute for two years of experience.
- Minimum two years of experience conservation, habitat management or agriculture, with experience in maintenance of electrical, mechanical or other systems or related work in the construction or agricultural industry.
- California Class C driver’s license.
- Provide a written record of a maintenance task.
- Strong and reliable work ethic; ability to rigidly adhere to maintenance and management schedules.
- Basic carpentry, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical skills.
- Ability to safely operate a chainsaw and other power tools.
- Ability to drive a four-wheel drive truck with standard transmission.
- Ability to operate a small farm tractor, load it onto a trailer and tow it with a standard truck.
- Willingness to work with chemical herbicides after appropriate training and given appropriate protective gear.
- Willingness to work in all kinds of weather conditions; walk for several miles over rough terrain; and endure biting and stinging insects.
- Ability to communicate effectively with the visiting public, ranchers, volunteers, public officials, contractors, and researchers.
- Ability to prioritize tasks, develop timeframes, and complete tasks within timeframes.
- Ability to lead others in assigned tasks.
- Ability to resolve problems independently as delegated.
Preferred Skills / Knowledge:
- Experience operating All Terrain Vehicles over hilly terrain.
- Experience managing small construction projects.
- Experience with trail construction.
- Experience with chemical herbicides and associated equipment.
- Knowledge of local flora and fauna.
- Interest in learning to identify plants and animals classified as species of special concern.
- Comfortable working around livestock.
- 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 3-gallon backpack sprayer.
- Ability to lift and carry tools and heavy (60-100 pounds) field equipment.
- Ability to drive for local and regional travel.
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), non-exempt position. SLT provides a portion of the employee’s health, dental, and vision insurance, matches up to 3% of employee’s contribution toward their 403.b retirement account, and provides eleven paid holidays and two weeks of vacation per year.