Invasive Species Field Technician Wanted for Seasonal Work

Invasive Species Field Technician Wanted for Seasonal Work 
 
The Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD) is now accepting applications for Invasive Species Field Technicians to help with Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) surveys in Van Buren and Berrien Counties. The Survey Technicians will work with our local Invasive Species Coordinator, Nor Serocki, to implement the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program-The Nature Conservancy subgrant, which funds the position. Primary responsibilities include working as a team with another technician or with volunteers to survey forests and woodlots for Hemlock trees and for invasive HWA.  Other duties include creating maps, working with private land owners, assisting with trainings, and engaging volunteers. 
 
This program is led by SWxSW Corner CISMA (CISMA), which is a collaborative organization that works with regional partners to minimize the impact of invasive species in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. The CISMA works to help citizens, land owners, and land managers understand and manage the invasive species in our area. The CISMA strives to help municipalities and homeowners recognize and manage the invasive species threats. 
 
Applicants with at least one year of field experience and some education in relevant Natural Resource fields is preferred. Experience in northern forest plant and invasive species identification, data recording, working with a hand GPS, GIS mapping, and the ability to work efficiently outdoors in varying conditions and terrain is needed. Visit www.VanBurenCD.org for more position information, experience and knowledge requirements.  
 
To apply please email a 1-2-page resume (including references), and cover letter stating your suitability for the position based on required knowledge and skills to the CISMA Coordinator Eleanor Serocki at  eleanor.serocki@macd.org. Applications must be received no later than 8 AM EST, Monday, 25 November 2019.  
 
If you are interested in becoming involved in our invasive species program but this position doesn’t fit your schedule, please become of one of our citizen scientists that helps us report invasive species throughout Michigan! The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network is a Citizen Science project allowing citizens to map and report invasive species from their phones or computers. You can learn more about MISIN on their website, misin.msu.edu, or download the app today on apple and android. Or if you have Hemlock tree(s) on your property that you would like checked for HWA, please let us know, and we can put you on the schedule for this winter’s surveys. 
 
For more information about the SWxSW Corner CISMA or the Van Buren Conservation District please visit www.VanBurenCD.org, call 269-657-4030x5, or find us on Facebook! 
 
This project is funded in part by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources  and The Nature Conservancy, under the terms of the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program



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