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Field Assistants: Nonchemical Invasive Species Control and Restoration

Job Type: full-time temporary position

Location: California

Posting Date: 13 May 14

Closing Date: 12 Aug 14

Audubon California's Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon, CA solicits applicants for positions as field assistants with our innovative invasive species control and coastal sage scrub /native grassland restoration project. This is a research-based program to control Cynara cardunculus (artichoke thistle) and other invasive species without chemicals and restore to rare native habitat. Must work well with people as part of a field crew (5) who work on mechanical and physical removal of artichoke thistle and all aspects of invasive species control and restoration including non-chemical control of other invasive species, native seed collection and planting, experimental tests of invasive plant species removal and restoration techniques, and quantitative monitoring. Experience in plant sampling in the field desirable. Enthusiasm for working outdoors. Opportunity to live on our 4000-acre Sanctuary. Positions start in either October (1) or November (2) 2014 or January (1) 2015 and run six months from start dates.

Salary: $360/week plus housing (private rooms).

Qualifications: College graduates with ecological, biological, or conservation background who seek invasive plant species control, restoration and research experience. Must be enthusiastic about outdoor physical work (i.e. invasive plant control).

To Apply: Please go to the confidential Audubon career center to start the application process: Please use this link to send your résumé and a cover letter addressed to Dr. Sandy DeSimone stating career goals. Two letters of recommendation can be sent by references to: Dr. Sandy DeSimone, Director, Research and Education;; fax (949) 858-1013.The most qualified candidates will have a phone interview. For questions contact Dr. DeSimone at or 949-858-0309.

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Contact Information:

Dr. Sandy DeSimone
Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary
100 Bell Canyon Rd.
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

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