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Conservation Technician; Terrestrial Invasive Plant, Native Plant, Forestry


$21.56-$29.16 hourly

Closing Date:

May 11, 2022

Minimum Qualifications:

• A degree in natural resource management, environmental science, forestry, biology, or a related field • Minimum of two years of experience working with native plants, forestry, and terrestrial invasive species inventorying, management, outreach, and education activities. • Must have prior project management experience. • Ability to prioritize efforts, delegate tasks, and efficiently manage time to accomplish a variety of tasks • Ability to work with landowners and persons from many other organizations, agencies, and groups in a professional manner to project a favorable image of the District • Ability to manage multiple projects and maintain a high level of efficiency • Have exemplary written and oral communications skills, demonstrate strong interpersonal skills • Valid Driver’s License


General activities of the Conservation Technician position include: • Provide landowner consultation, project design coordination and implementation, and general project management activities for terrestrial invasive plant, native plant, and forestry projects undertaken by Lake County SWCD, • Assist with terrestrial plant, native plant, and forestry-related projects and initiatives undertaken by the District, • Provide direct support to private landowners with terrestrial plant, native, plant and forestry questions or concerns, assist with native and tree planting efforts and coordination, prevention and treatment of terrestrial invasive species in the area and work closely with NRCS, DNR, and other partners on forestry and native planting projects in the region, • Lead and coordinate the Lake County Invasives Team (LCIT) through collaboration with other agencies, landowners, and other entities to execute activities undertaken by the LCIT, including facilitation of the terrestrial invasive species (TIS) quarterly meetings and organize inventory, prevention, control, outreach, and educational efforts in Lake County, • Represent Lake County SWCD on committees and groups in activities related to forestry, native plants, and terrestrial invasive plants and in other venues as requested, • Prepare and submit required reporting and financial documents to grant funders. Must be meet deadlines and be organized, • Perform landowner site visits to assess forest conditions, terrestrial invasive plants, native plants, and/or resource concerns and provide site specific options and recommendations to the landowner. Work is performed both independently and in a strong collaborative environment. Job duties take place indoors and outdoors at various sites throughout northeastern Minnesota. This position may require travel within Minnesota and work commitments during evening, overnight, and weekend hours.

Work Test Period:

Background Check:

Applicants selected for appointment must pass a criminal background check.

Drug Testing:


Physical-Medical Standards:

Applicants must meet essential physical requirements of the position. Work involves mostly outside field work (95%). Long duration standing. Frequent position changes; lifting, pushing, and pulling requirement more than 50 pounds on an infrequent basis; exposures not limited to heat, cold, and wet conditions; and use of the senses of sight and smell are necessary in this work.

Employment Eligibility Verification:

All new employees must complete and sign employment eligibility verification form on the first day of employment. Documentation verifying identity and employment eligibility must be submitted within three days of the first day of employment.

Application Information:

Submit an employment application and cover letter to or mail a hard copy to: Lake County SWCD 408 First Avenue Two Harbors, MN 55616. Please contact the District Manager, Tara Solem, at the Lake SWCD Office at (218) 834-8370 with further questions.


Applicants who wish to request accommodation to application process should contact Lake County SWCD at (218) 834-8370


Lake County SWCD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, membership or activity in a local commission, genetic information, or any other protected classification.

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