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Missouri Prairie Foundation seeking Prairie Stewardship Technicians

Position Title
Prairie Stewardship Technician. Two seasonal, full-time positions. Field positions do not report to an office. Position located in Springfield or Joplin areas, or in any of the following counties: Lawrence, Dade, St. Clair, Barton, Vernon, Lawrence, Polk, or Hickory Counties.

Salary Range
Seasonal full-time position. $18 an hour; more per hour if individual uses own ATV. Mileage reimbursed. Field apparel allowance. Workman’s compensation provided.

Duties and Responsibilities
Works with and under the supervisor of the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) Director of Prairie Management to carry out the following work:
—Identification and treatment of non-native, invasive herbaceous plants with targeted, careful use of herbicide
—Identification and treatment of invasive woody growth, with herbicide and mechanical means—prescribed burning in the fall and winter
—Maintain work log including mileage documentation, hours worked, herbicide mixed/used, acreage covered, and track progress on provided maps
—Primary timing of work will take place from June through August, and October through January, and hours will vary

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, ecology, biology, botany, or related field, or high school diploma with at least two years of experience in invasive plant control or land management.

Skills, knowledge, and abilities
The following set of skills, knowledge, and abilities are necessary for these two positions:

—Prairie plant and invasive plant identification
—Herbicide preparation/mixing and application
—Equipment maintenance: sprayers, ATV/UTVs, trailers
—Good written documentation skills
—Operate a motor vehicle and pull/back a trailer
—Work outside in extreme hot or cold temperatures
—Walk in rough terrain and help on the ground with prescribed burns.
—Express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
—Travel and stay overnight occasionally;

Preferred but not required:
—Knowledge of prairie ecosystems, particularly prairie biota

Core Competencies and Special Ability Requirements

Ability to:
Accept all responsibilities of the job and assigned tasks.
Accept change, new information, and carry out agreed-upon plans.
Work independently with self-motivation.
Define a problem, analyze relevant information, and develop solutions and plans to solve the problem.
Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships with willingness to communicate concerns.
Demonstrate technical proficiency in areas of responsibility.
Create and sustain an atmosphere in which timely, quality information flows between self and others, and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner whether one-on-one or within or before groups.
Take a long-term view of the MPF’s direction and articulate a vision that integrates key program goals, priorities, values, and other factors.
Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.

To apply for this position, please send resume, at least three references, and summary of education and work experience so it is received by May 1, 2022 to

Jerod Huebner
Director of Prairie Management

Questions welcomed. Questions may be directed to MPF Director of Prairie Management Jerod Huebner at jerod.huebner@gmail.com or 417-414-4700.