Preserve Ranger
The Wildlands Conservancy - Palm Springs, CA

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Bachelors Degree REQUIRED

COMPANY - The Wildlands Conservancy www.WildlandsConservancy.org
A private non-profit land trust dedicated to outdoor education, habitat preservation, ecological restoration and providing nature-oriented outdoor recreation opportunities to the public.

JOB LOCATION - Whitewater Preserve
A 2,851 acre nature preserve located 5 miles north of the 10 freeway between Palm Springs and Cabazon in Whitewater, CA.

THE POSITION - Full-time, primarily outdoor job, working in all weather conditions. Performs maintenance, habitat restoration, land stewardship, and public contact duties; maintains and improves structures, trails and picnic areas; maintains equipment, vehicles and water systems; promotes safety awareness among the public and staff; and performs construction and maintenance projects.

Establishes and maintains positive professional relationships with local residents, community groups, educational and business entities; explains the dual mission of TWC; Coordinate, promote and facilitate volunteer programs for land stewardship, and outdoor education opportunities for programs at the desert preserves. Requires regular and punctual attendance and weekend work.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Greets and assists walk-ins to ranger station and performs a variety of office-related tasks, including answering phones, taking camping reservations, answering visitors’ questions, etc.
Repair and maintain buildings, facilities, roads, irrigation systems, solar panels, equipment, (weed eaters, mowers, vehicles, generators, etc.) and appropriate fences and gates. Performs janitorial work in Ranger Station and restrooms.

Performs various woodworking duties; making and repairing signs, kiosks, etc.

Landscaping and grounds maintenance work; mowing, removing weeds, planting trees and bushes as directed, maintaining trees, bushes and flowers.

Assists in habitat restoration programs for riparian habitat and eradication of non-native and exotic plants (may include use of herbicides).

Operates and maintains equipment and vehicles in a safe manner. Follows proper safety standards, practices and procedures at all times.

Keeps all workshop areas clean and orderly and monitors inventory of tools and equipment.

Inspects grounds for hazards, conducts security and safety checks on premises. Identifies and reports needed repairs or maintenance.

Provides written documentation, reporting, updates task lists and patrol logs.

Perform various other duties relating to land stewardship as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
Education – Bachelors degree in biological, environmental sciences, natural resources or rangeland management.

Knowledge of:
  • TWC’s conservation mission and personal commitment to it.
  • Understanding of local conservation issues.
  • Grounds equipment operation and maintenance procedures.
  • Water and irrigation system maintenance procedures.
  • Basic principles of ecology, natural history and habitat restoration.
Ability to: Effectively communicate in English (and Spanish highly desirable) with co-workers and the public. Effectively deal with difficult, potentially confrontational situations with the public, visitors or trespassers. Work cooperatively with fellow employees, supervisors and management. Read, understand and follow written; company policies; procedures and directives; labels and instructions accompanying grounds maintenance equipment and products. Use basic computer applications; e-mail, and Microsoft office suite. Understand and carry out environmental protection and conservation policies related to job duties. Perform strenuous work outdoors in all weather conditions. Walk a minimum of six miles uneven desert terrain. Lift, carry, pull and push a minimum of 50 pounds. Skillfully perform janitorial, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, welding, and mechanical maintenance and equipment repair duties. Perform all landscape maintenance tasks including operate weed eaters and mowers; weed, rake, shovel, dig; install and maintain irrigation systems. Competently and safely operate a 4x4 vehicle on extreme road conditions.

BENEFIT SUMMARY
  • Health Insurance - $300-$1000/mo. towards health insurance premiums for TWC sponsored medical plans based on years of service.
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Account – For payment of medical & dependent care expenses on a pretax basis.
  • 401(k) Plan - TWC matches employee contributions up to 3%.
  • Paid Time Off –128 hours per year with increases each year up to a total of 224 hours per year.
  • Holidays – 72 hours per year.
Appointment subject to passing pre-employment physical and drug test, and submission of a current DMV printout detailing your driving record.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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