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Conservation Technician

Title: Conservation Technician

Reports To: Conservation Services Director & Land Stewardship Manager

Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Start Date: March 2024 (flexible)

Compensation: $42,000 – $48,000

Overview: The Conservation Technician is a full-time employee of the ODC Network; a West Michigan based outdoor education and conservation organization. The primary job responsibility is to participate in and contribute to land management activities on ODC Network properties and partner properties. The Conservation Technician is responsible for supporting the mission of the ODC Network through these activities in addition to being a positive representative of the organization in the community.

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to develop relationships and resources that enhance the conservation efforts of the ODC Network
  • Ability to present ideas effectively (general comfort with client consultations and public speaking)
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multitask, adaptable to change, and ability to develop plans and timelines and follow through to completion
  • Strong ability to work both collaboratively and independently, as well as strong interpersonal skills in a team setting
  • Computer skills including a working knowledge of ArcGIS and Microsoft Office preferred
  • Commitment to the ODC Network mission of advancing conservation and outdoor education

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with invasive species control on ODC properties and Conservation Services projects
  • Assist with all phases of ecological restoration projects on ODC properties and for Conservation Services projects
  • Assist in the creation of property management plans for all ODC properties
  • Assist with and support all projects and initiatives related to the Conservation Services business line
  • Assist with management of volunteer groups as needed
  • Assist in the creation of land management/conservation education material
  • Assist and coordinate with other ODC Network staff, including project partners
  • Support the overall goals of the organization
  • All other duties as assigned by the Conservation Services staff or Executive Management

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Working toward or received a degree in environmental education, natural sciences, biology or a related field
  • 1-3 years of related work experience acceptable in lieu of college degree
  • Commercial Michigan Pesticide Applicator License: Categories 2, 5, and 6 (expenses to be paid by ODC Network upon hiring)
  • Must pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license and be fully insurable by the ODC Network 

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 50+ pounds and walk, stand, and sit for extended periods of time


Equipment Operated:

  • Must be proficient with computer applications including: Microsoft Office, Google Suite applications, and the operation of general office equipment
  • Must be proficient with power equipment including: tank/backpack sprayers, trucks/trailers, UTVs, tractors, chainsaws, and brush clearing saws

These job responsibilities represent only the essential and most significant duties of the position. This job description does not exclude other work assignments, directives and responsibilities not mentioned above.

ODC Network Diversity Policy Statement: The ODC Network is an equal opportunity employer. To read our diversity statement, go to: click here