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Riparian Invasive Species Control and Restoration Assistants

Job Type: full-time temporary position

Location: California

Posting Date: 13 May 14

Closing Date: 12 Aug 14

Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon, CA solicits applicants for positions (2) as riparian invasive species control and restoration assistants (interns). Our approach is research-based and non-chemical. The internship is designed in part to give experience in project planning; data collection, management, and summary; and report writing.
Assistants will recruit, train, and supervise “Weed Warrior” volunteers who help with control of invasive plant species. Will map some perennial invasive species in our major riparian corridor and remove other targeted invasive species. Will resample long-term passive riparian restoration plots. Will initiate or continue, under guidance of the research and education director, experiments to test methods for controlling invasive species without chemicals and for restoration of native stream vegetation. Will write protocols or work plans for major projects and final reports and give a talk on projects to staff and guests. Must be willing to be involved occasionally with our innovative education program, “Starr Ranch Field Ecology Programs” (see Must have enthusiasm for working outdoors. Opportunity to live on our 4000 acre preserve. Positions (2) are for mid October 2014 through end of May, 2015.
Salary: $360/week plus housing (private rooms).

Qualifications: College graduates with degree in biology, ecology, or related discipline who seek field experience in invasive species control, quantitative monitoring and, native vegetation enhancement. Ability to work independently. Experience in plant sampling in the field highly desirable.

To Apply: Please go to the confidential Audubon career center to start the application process: Please use this link to upload your résumé and a cover letter addressed to Dr. Sandy DeSimone stating career goals. Three 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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