The Innovative Restoration Technician will support preparation and implementation of projects via lab and field work (40%), and collect data in support of field research, monitoring, and assessment projects (30%). Other duties will include data entry (20%) and other conservation/science tasks as directed (10%). Specifically, the Innovative Restoration Technician will primarily support The Nature Conservancy’s Sagebrush Sea Innovative Restoration project by lab and field testing seed enhancement technologies, which are designed to increase the success of native perennial vegetation restoration in wildlands prone to invasion by exotic weeds and on sites disturbed by the extractive industry. Other projects may include, but are not limited to, traveling to sagebrush sea states (ID, NV, OR, UT) to install and monitor field experiments, controlled germination experiments, and assisting with projects in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies. This is a full-time, short-term position that will start in April 2022. This is a 10-month position with possible extension if additional funding becomes available.


The Innovative Restoration Technician provides administrative, research, project management and/or general assistance to program or preserve staff. This work requires following detailed protocols in the lab and field, including seed sorting and handling, seed germination trials, seedling identification and measurements, repetitive vegetation data collection and entry in the lab and field, constructing/installing experiments, and laboratory cleanup.


  • Performs field and lab work, both supervised and unsupervised, and summarizes results for the team
  • Maintains project records – collects and digitizes experimental data and write reports on experimental methods
  • Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires occasional overnight travel in and out of state, often camping for 2 – 4 days.
  • May purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget.


  • Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months’ experience.
  • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.


  • Field experience conducting research activities in sagebrush ecosystems, and knowledge of common plant species.
  • Experience working with seeds or plants in an outdoor or lab or greenhouse setting.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to identify plant species using diagnostic tools such as a dichotomous key.
  • Ability to follow safety protocols for using small machinery, hand tools, and power tools in field and lab/shop environment.
  • Ability to work effectively on a small team.
  • Demonstrated ability to safely travel on primitive roads and trails.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Time management skills.