Seasonal Field Assistant

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


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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.


Must work well with people as 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 coronavirus safety plan and will follow CDC and Save Orange County Public Health recommendations.


**Please submit a cover letter with your application for consideration.


**Note: Positions start October 11, 2021 and will run from approximately six months from the start.

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

  • Pursuing a degree or recent college graduate with ecological, biological, or conservation background who seek invasive plant species control, restoration and monitoring experience.
  • Must be enthusiastic about outdoor physical work (i.e. invasive plant control).


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