Schlitz Audubon Nature Center conserves our land’s diverse habitats on Lake Michigan and provides meaningful experiences and environmental education for all. Located nine miles north of downtown Milwaukee on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Center offers six miles of trails that take visitors through 185 unique acres of forests, wetlands, restored prairies, ravines, bluffs and a shoreline beach. Annually, Schlitz Audubon serves over 145,000 visitors and nearly 27,000 children who participate in our nature science programs. Over 140 preschoolers are enrolled throughout the school year in our nationally recognized preschool. In addition, thousands of adults and families attend our educational programs year round. The Center building received the first Gold LEED certification award in the State of Wisconsin. Schlitz Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
Under the supervision of the Director of Conservation, the Resource Ecologist performs a wide variety of duties related to the ecological management of the Center lands.
Trains, coordinates and supervises staff, volunteers and interns in the performance of ecological restoration and land management activities
Operates track loaders, UTVs, chainsaws, brush saws, pesticide application equipment, and other equipment needed to achieve the land management goals of the Center
Performs tree felling and wood chipping and processing
Develops and implements native planting projects
Applies the principles of IPM to the control of invasive and undesirable species
Assists in the refinement of land management plans
Assists in all aspects of the prescribed burning program
Assesses ecological impacts of the Center’s projects and activities
Maintains records of plant and animal distributions
Performs scientific research, data analysis, and reporting
Schedule ecological management activities, maintains records of management activities, and updates project schedules
Identify and remove hazard trees
Works with the Director of Conservation to identify and prioritize land management needs
Supports the activities of staff, volunteers and outside agencies on Center lands
Trains and coordinates the work of staff, volunteers and interns
Provides necessary information to ensure effective ecological management of natural areas and target species by staff, contractors, interns, and volunteers
Monitors results of ecological restoration projects to document progress and improve strategies
Writes or assists in writing of grant proposals
Uses GPS and GIS technology to generate natural community maps, record management activities, and delineate important natural features
Generates and reviews recommended seed and transplant lists for restoration projects
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Must possess an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in urban forestry, forest resource management, biology, ecology, natural resources, conservation/environmental science, forestry, forest ecology, or substantially similar area from an accredited college or university and (2) two or more years of professional work experience in ecological land management with experience as a tree faller using power chain saws.
Must possess a certificate of completion of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group course work S130/S190 or will obtain within 10 months of employment.
Must possess a current Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator’s License or will obtain within 10 months of employment.
Must possess a current valid driver’s license.
Regular full-time position working 40 hours/week, Monday – Friday and occasional Saturdays.
Send cover letter and resume to hiring manager, Marc White, at email@example.com with Resource Ecologist in the subject line.