POSTED March 17, 2022

POSITION TITLE: Habitat Restoration Specialist / Heavy Equipment Operator

Overview:  This position is a partnership between Canaan Valley Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), West Virginia Field Office (WVFO), Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program (Partners Program). The position will assist with the development and implementation of conservation and habitat restoration projects on private lands throughout West Virginia to enhance and protect habitat for federal trust species and other associated wildlife. This position is ecologically focused and will support projects as part of a small, fast paced, and dynamic team. Restoration work may include habitat enhancement, stream bank stabilization, invasive eradication, water quality improvements, in stream habitat improvement and riparian / pollinator planting. This work often involves close cooperation with project partners, agencies, and landowners; field work in remote locations for several days at a time; and budget constraints and deadlines. The position is based in Davis, WV and will require significant travel to conduct field work throughout the state.

The Habitat Restoration Specialist is expected to work with the CVI team and the USFWS WVFO Partners Program to successfully implement habitat restoration projects.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Non-native invasive species control: survey and monitor populations, maintain applicator license, obtain/maintain applicable permits, treat NNIS using mechanical, biological, and chemical treatment methods. and,
  • Communicate/coordinate with landowners.
  • Equipment transportation: load, secure, and transport heavy equipment to project sites throughout the state.
  • Heavy equipment operation: skid steer, excavator, ATV/UTV, dump truck, tractor, etc.
  • Assist with environmental compliance for habitat restoration projects.
  • Maintain good professional working relationships with regulatory agencies, landowners, and project partners.
  • Assist with field survey and implementation of restoration projects in all weather conditions.
  • Monitor, document, and report on ongoing and completed restoration projects.
  • Assist in conducting physical, chemical, and biological survey, monitoring, and assessment.
  • Assist in development and delivery of outreach and environmental education activities.


Background and Experience

This position requires a college degree and experience developing and implementing habitat restoration projects; strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; experience operating heavy equipment; proficient knowledge of habitat restoration techniques; flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment; organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple projects, and a talent for working with partners to solve problems and develop site-specific solutions; working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint. Pesticide application will be required to treat some invasive species, therefore, candidates should possess or be willing to obtain a pesticide applicator license. Travel throughout West Virginia will be required; therefore, candidates should possess a valid driver’s license. Additionally, the position will require transportation of heavy equipment to restoration sites across the state; therefore, candidates should possess or be eligible to obtain a CDL and successfully complete safety training requirements.

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