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Vegetation Technician

Jefferson Conservation District
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Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
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Job Description:

Established in 1942, Jefferson Conservation District (JCD), a special district and political subdivision of the State of Colorado, provides natural resources technical assistance to private landowners in Jefferson County and surrounding areas. Our mission is to provide leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment. Current programs focus on forestry, noxious weed management, and urban agriculture. JCD is overseen by a volunteer Board of Supervisors.


JCD is seeking a motivated, independent, and flexible individual to assist with JCD’s noxious weed management program. This is a temporary, seasonal position that reports to JCD’s Vegetation Specialist. Time will be spent conducting fieldwork (approximately 80%) and computer work (approximately 20%). This position will perform noxious weed mapping and monitoring of contractors who will be applying pesticides. This position does not apply pesticides. This position may occasionally perform mechanical weed control such as digging, pulling, or chopping. This position will not have to operate machinery other than a vehicle to get to and from field sites.


Essential Duties


- Safely perform outdoor fieldwork primarily independently, but also as part of a team, on privately-owned property

- Perform on-the-ground project layout to determine extent of herbicide application treatments of noxious weed populations

- Use mapping software such as ArcGIS Pro and Avenza to navigate in the field and collect noxious weed data

- Monitor noxious weed management contractors in the field

- Occasionally perform mechanical noxious weed control such as hand-pulling or digging and chopping using hand tools such as shovels and clippers

- Coordinate with coworkers and private landowners using phone, email, and in-person communication

- Transcribe, organize, and manipulate data using digital spreadsheets

- Independently operate various computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite

- Periodically assist other staff with fieldwork pertaining to JCD’s Forestry & Slash programs


These duties are not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the project.


Necessary Skills

- Possess a genuine interest in conservation of natural resources

- Humble and positive attitude

- Dependable work ethic

- Organized and detail-oriented

- Outgoing, friendly, conversational

- Collaborative with fellow employees and external partners

- Self-motivated, self-directed, innovative

- Flexible to perform a variety of duties and adaptable to changing situations

- Emotionally intelligent; respectful of different viewpoints and personalities

- Ability to identify plants in the field

- Ability to hike 4-7 miles per day over mountainous terrain at elevations ranging from 7,000-9,000 feet

- Ability to read a topographic map

- Possess a working knowledge of general ecological principles, resource management techniques, and Colorado Front Range ecosystems

- Ability to read and interpret scientific and technical information related to natural resources and the environment


Minimum Qualifications

Employee must…

- Be able to work safely outdoors, alone and as a team, during all weather conditions to complete required field work; walk and hike over steep, uneven terrain while carrying up to 30 pounds

- Have 3 months experience identifying plants (including field experience and/or plant ID coursework)

- Have at least four semesters of college/university completed, toward a major in natural resources, botany, biology, forestry, soil science, geology, environmental science, or a related field

- Be able to use their own mobile smart phone (with data plan) and computer (with access to high-speed internet). A computer will NOT be provided to you by JCD. Employee will receive a technology stipend of $50 per pay period.

- Hold a valid driver’s license and use their own vehicle to get to field sites (2 wheel drive car is sufficient). A work vehicle will NOT be provided to you by JCD. Employee will receive a mileage reimbursement at the current Federal rate.

- Provide their own boots, clothing, and other personal gear for fieldwork

- Be able to sit at a desk and use a computer and mobile device: read the screen, type on a keyboard, use a mouse, and use other peripheral devices as needed

- Be able to speak, read, and write the English language

- Pass a criminal background check

- Have experience with the following computer software applications: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point), Google Suite (such as Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets)


Preferred Qualifications

- At least 3 months of related field work experience

- Already able to identify Colorado state listed noxious weeds




Tags/ Keywords: natural resources, weeds, invasive species, field, hiking, GIS, monitoring, botany, ecology, environment, Colorado


$19 - $21/hour


Technology stipend of $50/pay period

Mileage reimbursement at current federal rate

How to Apply:

How to Apply (please include contact information):

Please combine, in order, all three application items listed below into a SINGLE attachment (PDF or Word document file) and email that attachment to Do not send application materials as separate attachments.


Please use this naming convention when naming your attachment file:




Required application materials:

1) Résumé

2) Name, contact information, and relation for two professional references

3) College/university transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

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