Natural Areas Stewardship Technician

Hiring Organization: Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum 
Employment type: Temporary
Application Deadline: January 5, 2020

Job Summary

The University of Michigan, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum is seeking to hire 1 full-time, temporary (9 month, 2 term limited) Natural Areas Stewardship Technician to assist in the stewardship of the natural areas of our four properties in support of research, teaching, public outreach and conservation goals. Employment begins Monday, March 2, 2020 and ends Friday November 27, 2020 with the possibility of working a second season in 2021. This position is 40 hours with occasional weekend and evening work.

Weekly Schedule: 40 hours / week - Monday through Friday, occasional weekends and evenings


  • Working outdoors, alone or as part of a team, on our four properties
  • Locating and identifying native and exotic invasive plants
  • Using herbicides, weed torch, power tools and equipment (including some maintenance), hand tools and various techniques to manage exotic invasive plants
  • Cutting, dragging and chipping brush. Pulling, bagging and removing exotic invasive weeds
  • Assisting with prescribed burns
  • Supervising and leading student interns, work-study students and volunteers
  • Native plant seed identifying and collection 
  • Using GPS/GIS mapping equipment and programs

Required Qualifications*

  • A good work ethic, enthusiasm for teamwork and a willingness to learn
  • Previous experience with landscape care, botany, ecology or ecological restoration
  • The ability to move and transport up to 40lbs
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, tolerate biting insects, working around poison ivy and other challenges of field work
  • An ability or willingness to learn to use a variety of power equipment and hand tools is necessary: tractors, mowers, utility vehicles, chainsaws, brush cutters, wood chipper, etc.
  • A State of Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License or willingness to obtain one is required (Matthaei-Nichols provides study materials and may cover certification expenses) and a willingness to apply herbicides is necessary

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience with any of the following: Restoration ecology, prescribed burns, herbicide applications, native plant surveys, invasive plant removal, general landscaping work, operating and maintaining power equipment
  • Previous leadership and supervisory experience is desired
  • Experience growing and tending a variety of plants is also desired

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.