Seasonal Field Assistant

Job Locations
US-CA-Trabuco Canyon
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Land Stewardship
Trabuco Canyon


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


Position Summary

The field assistants, as part of the upland field crew, implement the innovative Starr Ranch invasive species control and coastal sage scrub and native grassland restoration project. This is a research-based project to control Cynara cardunculus (artichoke thistle) and other invasive species without chemicals and restore to rare native habitat. The incumbent will be part of a field crew (6) who perform 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, and quantitative monitoring. Experience in outdoor physical work and plant sampling in the field desirable as is enthusiasm for working outdoors. Opportunity to live on our 4000-acre Sanctuary.


We have an evolving COVID-19 safety plan, e.g. new staff will quarantine on the Ranch for 14 days after arrival. We will follow CDC and Orange County Public Health recommendations. The targeted start date will January 11, 2021 and run approximately six months from start date.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for mechanical and physical removal of artichoke thistle and all aspects of invasive species control and restoration including non-chemical control of other invasive species.
  • Responsible for restoration activities including soil preparation, native seed collection and planting.
  • Responsible for experimental tests of weed removal and restoration techniques, and quantitative monitoring. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Preferred undergraduate degree in biological, conversation, ecological science or related field. 
  • Must work well with a team or independently.
  • Must be able to work outside in varying conditions and terrains (steep slopes, heat, etc.) with or without accommodation.


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