Job Announcement: Virginia Division of Natural Heritage: Southwest Region Stewardship Technician, Abingdon, VA, U.S.A. – Closes Jan. 11 2019

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Southwest Region Stewardship Technician, Abingdon, VA (closes Jan. 11. 2019)
The Southwest Region Stewardship Technician will assist DCR Natural Heritage staff with the management of Natural Area Preserves (NAP) in the Southwest Region of western Virginia. This is a temporary, part-time, hourly position, averaging 32 hours per week (40 maximum – no overtime), and no benefits other than worker’s compensation. The schedule is flexible and will include weekends and evenings.
Job Duties:
1. Assist DCR Natural Heritage Division stewardship staff with management of NAP in the Southwest Region of Virginia. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: management of invasive species; trail construction and maintenance; public access monitoring, education, and promoting responsible use among visitors to the natural area preserves; assisting with biological monitoring and mapping; maintenance of equipment and shop facilities; trash removal; and posting NAP boundaries. A significant portion of this position will be focused on public access management at 3 NAPs in Russell and Washington Counties: Pinnacle, Cleveland Barrens, and Channels. Work will also include sites in Grayson and Lee Counties and sites throughout western Virginia.
2. Operation of vehicles and equipment such as pickup trucks and trailers, tractors, UTVs, ATVs, chainsaws, pesticide sprayers, hand tools, power tools, and prescribed fire equipment.
3. Participate as DCR crewmember on prescribed burns on DCR and partner lands. Meet, or be willing to meet, requirements for DCR Crewmember, including the arduous work capacity test, a standardized 3-mile fitness test carrying a 45-pound pack while walking on flat terrain in less than 45 minutes.
4. Organize and recruit volunteers to assist with stewardship projects.
5. Investigate historical land use patterns by conducting literature searches, and locating historical aerial photography.