Habitat Restoration Technician


Conservation Program Manager


Oxbow’s Conservation team works to support conservation and restoration of our region’s native flora by planning and implementing ecological restoration projects and ecological research to improve ecosystem health and contribute to our understanding of the species and processes that make up natural systems.

The Habitat Restoration Technicians will assist the Conservation team in invasive plant removal, planting native plants, volunteer management, and various ecological research tasks. The position requires someone able to take on responsibility and work efficiently and safely with attention to detail. Additionally, we are looking for individuals with a background and interest in ecological restoration, horticulture, botany, and/or environmental science, and an enthusiasm for environmental stewardship.

The Habitat Restoration technicians will work Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Throughout the season, occasional weekend work will be required.


As part of the Conservation Team, the Habitat Restoration Technician will assist in the following tasks:

  • Control invasive species and prepare planting sites safely, using hand tools and gas-powered equipment.
  • Stage plants, equipment, and materials for planting.
  • Install and maintain native plantings according to restoration plans.
  • Prepare for and oversee volunteer restoration events at Oxbow and in other locations (as allowed by public safety guidelines and following Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center COVID-19 safety guidelines).
  • Carry out amphibian and other wildlife and habitat-focused field research, including vegetation surveys, installation and maintenance of cameras and dataloggers, and amphibian egg mass surveys.
  • Perform outreach and education tasks, including speaking to Oxbow visitors about Conservation Program work, working with staff of partner organizations, assisting in creation of outreach materials, and collaborating with other Oxbow program areas to meet outreach objectives.
  • Perform data entry tasks.


  • Work experience/background in ecological restoration, horticulture, environmental science, botany, or a related field
  • Experience with identification of Pacific Northwest native and invasive plants
  • Experience leading volunteers in outdoor work (preferred), or other experience professionally interfacing with the public
  • Experience using and maintaining hand tools and mechanized equipment (string-trimmers, chainsaws, etc.)
  • Positive approach to work tasks, problem-solving, and teamwork
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to stay organized while juggling multiple time-sensitive projects
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Ability to work standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling, to lift heavy and awkward objects, up to 50 lbs., to perform physical work such as digging or planting, and to work in inclement weather
  • Desired: possession of a personal vehicle that can be used to move between Oxbow and off-site work locations (mileage reimbursed)
  • Desired: Experience with wildlife studies or monitoring


Oxbow is committed to cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion. We value the individual differences, life experiences, and knowledge that our staff bring to their work and their communities. Valuing diversity is a significant part of our culture, our values, and the success of Oxbow’s mission.  

Oxbow provides equal employment opportunities to all staff members and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Oxbow is committed to fostering a racially diverse team. People of color are encouraged to apply. 


This is a regular full-time position, paying $17-18 per hour. Some benefits include employer sponsored health and vision plans, yearly dental stipend, 403b plan, and competitive paid time-off benefits.


Please email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to: thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write Habitat Restoration Technician  in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Applications due by September 20 for first consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled