TUCSON AUDUBON SOCIETY
TITLE: Invasive Plant Strike Team Crew
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt, Full Time (1.0 FTE),
POSITION TERM: Temporary 3 month position with possibility of extension
REPORTS TO: Invasive Plant Program Manager
DATE REVIEWED: July 2021
SUMMARY: The In-house Invasive Plant Strike Team will be utilized for invasive plant species management (identification, assessment, treatment, monitoring) at a variety of ecologically sensitive and high-priority areas throughout the region. The Strike Team Crew implement treatment activities as agreed up by contract / grant / or award and will interface with clients and public in a courteous and educational manner. Each team member, as Certified Applicators, will keep accurate records of activities as required by state and federal law, and will ensure safe practices are followed and materials treated appropriately.
The Strike Team Crew may also, at times, work on sites in conjunction with our Federal Strike Team (CoATIS). Crew will also work on Tucson Audubon habitat + ecosystem restoration or conservation and research projects, as available.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide relevant application records to the Invasive Plant Program Manager and to the Strike Team Lead daily, or within not more than 4 business days.
Invasive Species Control
- Work with the Strike Team Lead to plan and execute required invasive plant management tasks including:
- Identification and mapping of designated areas
- Manual, chemical, or other prescribed treatment of invasive species as determined appropriate to site and seasonal windows
- Assessment of efficacy and re-treatment need, post-control effort
- Maintain field equipment in good working order
- Notify the Strike Team Lead, the Invasive Plant Program Manager, and the Director of Conservation and Research of any reportable spills of herbicide
- Maintain all application and treatment sites according to Federal/State/Local requirements
- Enter field data
- Make vehicle needs (usage, fuel, repair) known to Strike Team Lead and Invasive Plant Program Manager
- Maintain field and office electronics (laptop, tablets, phones); request software and additional needs as they arise
- Work in the field or office on additional Tucson Audubon projects as needed
- Specific activities may include: vegetation establishment, bank stabilization, slope restoration, erosion control, rainwater harvesting, and more
- Communicate program and project outcomes to the public, funders, membership, and staff
- Additional responsibilities will include assisting with sustainable landscaping projects, equipment maintenance, and other tasks as necessary
- Participates as needed in supplying information for articles regarding projects
- Additional responsibilities as needed or directed by Invasive Plant Program Manager, Director of Conservation + Research, or Executive Director
- Supports other Tucson Audubon events as requested as deemed appropriate by the Executive Director
This position has no direct reports.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
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.
- This position operates mainly in the field in a variety of sites throughout Southeast Arizona and surrounding regions in the Desert Southwest
- Primary office setting will be at the offices of the Southwest Invasive Plant Management Team with additional office space at Tucson Audubon headquarters on University Blvd.
- Must be physically able to lift up to 50 lbs and walk 5 miles in rugged conditions including loose sand and rocky trails
- Must be physically able to conduct field work outdoors in all weather conditions including extreme summer heat and freezing winter conditions; arid days or rain, for at least 10 hours
- Employee is regularly required to walk, stand, kneel, occasionally climb ladders or lay on ground; use hands for manual tasks requiring strength and manipulating tools requiring dexterity; pull and push loads
- Required to drive pre-dawn/post-dusk in dark or low-light settings and on rugged roads
- Regularly required to talk and hear co-workers in sometimes loud or open environments
- Position may require camping or working from remote locations for multiple days
- Position will require applying pesticides according to label instructions with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
- Position may require cutting brush / woody material using motorized tools or cutting blades
- Employee is regularly required to sit; use hands on a keyboard, mouse, or other tool required to complete work
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, COMPETENCIES REQUIREMENTS
- 18+ years old
- Proficient in using maps and GPS units
- Must be well organized, and disciplined
- Strong social skills and a track record of working positively with people at all levels
- Understanding of and commitment to the organization’s mission, goals, and values
- An interest in birds, natural history, and wildlife conservation
- Flexible approach to work and work schedule
- Valid Arizona Driver’s License
- Experience managing invasive species, preferably those common to southwest arid landscapes.
- Experience operating vehicles towing a trailer, tractors, skid-loaders, and other heavy equipment
- Pesticide Applicator License
- Proficiency with GIS
- Experience operating and maintaining chain saws, brush cutters, herbicide spray equipment, mowers, and other power tools
- Experience with and knowledge of the Sonoran Desert, Sky Islands, and other southeastern Arizona habitats
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities and details required for each duty listed above. Detailed work plans should be developed with the manager and designed around the duties listed above and should address program and organizational goals.