Help Wanted – Conservation Resource Technician

The Conservation Resource Technician for Central and Eastern Klickitat Conservation Districts conducts education and outreach activities, assists in implementation and maintenance of conservation projects, assists with the Firewise Program, and aids in the water quality monitoring program.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties and activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conservation Project Implementation
    Technician will work to implement, monitor, and maintain planting projects. Duties could include site preparation, weeding, watering, drip irrigation installation and maintenance, replanting, retaining a maintenance schedule and log, and providing write-ups after completion of maintenance projects. Technician will assist with providing documentation, technical assistance, permitting applications, cultural resources processes, data collection and analysis, material purchases, documenting and developing project maintenance needs, grant writing and report writing as needed/requested.
  • Water Quality Monitoring Program
    Technician will assist with the water quality monitoring program. Duties will include conducting monthly site visits to do water quality monitoring within the boundaries of Central and Eastern Klickitat Conservation Districts. During site visits, the following parameters will be measured: dissolved oxygen, pH, specific conductivity, streamflow, turbidity and water temperature. Field sheets will be filled out fully before leaving site. This includes recording parameter data, channel characteristics, canopy cover changes, and weather. Technician will be responsible for regularly maintaining calibrations on equipment, including pre- and post-monitoring season calibrations of water temperature data loggers. Data is expected to be accurately uploaded into the AQUARIUS database monthly. At the conclusion of the monitoring year, Technician will provide a write-up summary of the monitoring data and upload all data into Ecology’s Environmental Informational Management system. At the closing of a grant, technician will be responsible for writing the water quality monitoring section of the final report.
  • Education and Outreach
    Technician will conduct education and outreach activities to meet deliverables for District grants. This may include organizing and speaking at workshops, performing radio interviews, writing newsletter articles, and assisting with the District plant sale.
  • Wildfire Program Coordination
    Technician will work under direction of the programs manager to develop Firewise communities, perform Firewise assessments, coordinate Firewise and forest health workshops, assist with cost-share projects for fuels reduction and provide technical assistance to landowners.

Minimum Qualifications
• Education or experience with agricultural practices and natural resources field work, including working with private landowners to implement planting projects, fire protection projects, invasive species management, and conservation program coordination.
• Experience working with the public including working with private landowners, presenting to public audiences, and facilitating long term working relationships with private individuals and other stakeholders.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
• Must maintain a valid driver’s license and authorize District to obtain a certified driving record.

Other Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
• Ability to identify invasive and native plants.
• Ability to network, work as a contributing team member, and establish and maintain good working relationships.
• Grant writing experience.
• Experience with ESRI ArcMap.

Work Conditions and Physical Demands
This position requires work out-of-doors. Must be able to work in a variety of outdoor environments, sometimes in adverse conditions. Must be able to carry equipment while traversing uneven terrain. Must have the ability to lift 35 pounds. This position requires regular travel throughout Klickitat County as well as to workshops and trainings. Working hours may include occasional evenings and weekends. The work is typically 75% in the office and 25% in the field. Office work includes working at a desk, using a computer, and standing at a table. The standard work week is 8 AM to 430 PM with a 30-minute unpaid lunch, Monday through Friday.

This full-time non-exempt position offers a pay range of $14 – $18 per hour to start, depending on experience and qualifications. Employee wages are paid monthly.

CKCD offers a benefits package including a $500 health insurance stipend; dental insurance; paid vacation; sick leave; 10 paid holidays a year; and training opportunities.


Please submit:
1) Resume
2) Cover Letter
3) Three (3) professional references

Please describe your interest in the position and the skills you bring to our conservation district team. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Central Klickitat Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please let us know if you need any accommodation to participate in the application process.

Send electronic applications to: No paper copies.
Please include in the subject line: Conservation Resource Technician – [YOUR NAME]

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