Institute for Applied Ecology

Conserving native species and habitats through restoration, research, and education

563 SW Jefferson Avenue, Corvallis OR 97333 phone: 541-753-3099  fax: 541-753-3098


Habitat Restoration Job Announcement


Job Title: Restoration Ecologist Office Location: Corvallis, Oregon Status: Regular, full time

Compensation: $18- 22/hr. depending on experience, plus benefits.


Application period: May 9, 2017 – May 19, 2017


The Institute for Applied Ecology ( is seeking to hire a Restoration Ecologist with a diverse skill-set to lead several enhancement and restoration projects as part of a Habitat Restoration team. Projects are primarily focused in the Willamette Valley, but may also include the Coast Range and other Oregon ecoregions. Habitat enhancement work supports the conservation and recovery of rare plants (e.g., Nelson’s checkermallow and Bradshaw’s lomatium) and wildlife (e.g., Fender’s blue butterfly and Western meadowlark) using a variety of restoration techniques.


The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) is a dynamic nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. The Habitat Restoration Program of IAE conducts ecological restoration in the Pacific Northwest through on-the- ground restoration, development of ecologically appropriate seed mixes, cultivation of partnerships that promote regional conservation, and the advancement of restoration science and innovative techniques.


Duties of the Restoration Ecologist:

  • Lead habitat restoration activities at public and private land conservation
  • Manage all aspects of restoration planning and implementation. Lead or assist with preparation of restoration, planting, and management plans. Provide contract and budget oversight and communication, and secure permits as
    • Ensure successful completion of restoration treatments including mowing, grazing, brush clearing, solarization, herbicide application, burning, planting, and
  • Operate, supervise, and ensure safe use of equipment (e.g., weed-eaters, chainsaws, tractors, mowers, discs, and seeders). Maintain restoration equipment, power tools and storage
    • Use a GIS device and aerial photos to map project activities and invasive species and navigate to remote
  • Install wildlife structures (e.g., bird boxes and bee blocks).
    • Coordination and supervision:
  • Help oversee/coordinate habitat restoration field technician’s
  • Prepare contracts, hire, schedule, and supervise contractors and work

o   Coordinate prescribed burning and other treatments with partners, landowners, and regulators.


o Coordinate extensive seeding efforts as well as nursery production, acquisition, and outplanting of large quantities of plant materials.

  • Outreach:
    • Prepare reports for funding agencies, newsletter articles and
    • Build and maintain connections with partners and
    • Work closely with
    • Conduct tours, workshops, and presentations for funders, partners, and the
    • Organize and lead volunteer work
  • Prepare grant proposals and help to acquire funding to support restoration
  • Monitor restoration sites:
    • Conduct site assessments, written descriptions and photo
      • Collect data on native vegetation and invasive species. Maintain restoration and management records and track
    • Process and analyse data, and maintain restoration
    • Map project areas and treatments using
  • Skills development: Obtain training and attend professional
    • Out-of-town travel required as needed to complete work program and to attend meetings and conferences.



  • Bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, wildlife, horticulture, ecology or related field with five years of post-degree experience. Or master’s degree in same areas with three years experience (preferred).
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Experience managing and coordinating several restoration projects simultaneously. Experience with contract development and oversight, project planning, implementation, budgeting, and
  • Positive attitude and excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience developing and maintaining relationships with partners and private
  • Experience preparing restoration, planting, maintenance and management
  • Familiarity with non-profits and a record of funded grant proposals is
  • Experience with habitat monitoring including data collection, management, analysis and reporting. Plant identification skills (including common weeds). Familiarity with Willamette Valley plant communities and habitat requirements for prairie wildlife (including pollinators and grassland birds)
    • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ArcGIS (preferred).
  • Navigational and mapping skills using aerial photos, compass, and/or GIS
  • Good physical condition. Ability to work long hours in adverse weather conditions with potential exposure to poison oak. Ability to lift 80 pounds. Ability to hike up to 3 miles carrying a 40-pound pack and work in a bent-over/kneeling/sitting position for long periods of time.
    • Willingness to operate a tractor (training can be made available), ATV, and other restoration equipment as
  • Current U.S. driver’s


How to Apply

To apply for this position, submit:

  • Letter of interest – In your letter of interest, state when you would be available to start work, and state whether we may contact references and past employers.


  1. Resume
  2. Writing sample (technical report, management plan, scientific paper, or grant proposal preferred, if available)
  3. Contact information for 3 professional references


Letters of recommendation, writing samples, and/or college transcripts may be requested for top applicants. Applications must be received by May 19, 2017. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Non-U.S. residents must also include a copy of their work visa. Applications will be considered upon receipt.


For more information about IAE and this program, visit our website Email or mail application materials to:


Rebecca Currin

Institute for Applied Ecology 563 SW Jefferson Avenue Corvallis, Oregon 97330


Questions? Contact Rebecca Currin, Habitat Restoration Program Director, at 541-753-3099 extension 502.