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Job Posting: Rangeland Restoration Specialist

Exemption Classification: Hourly, non-exempt
Pay: $24-27/hour, DOE
Expected Hours of Work: Full-time seasonal, March-November
Reports To: Restoration Team Lead

Overview:
Join MPG Ranch as a Rangeland Restoration Specialist and contribute to applied restoration
ecology, land management, and ecological research. As part of a collaborative team, you will
have a key role in coordinating and implementing field activities focused on advancing
restoration practices and enhancing ecosystem quality.

Essential Duties:
1. Applied Restoration:
  • • Conduct chemical, mechanical, and biological control for invasive weeds and pests.
  • • Seed, plant, collect, and propagate restoration plant materials.
  • • Organize, install, and conduct field experiments, observational studies, lab, and greenhouse research.
2. Monitoring and Reporting:
  • • Monitor field trials and experiments, collecting data and samples on vegetation and soils.
  • • Produce and maintain detailed records of field activity and research using GIS, GPS, and various data management software.
  • • Assist in writing detailed reports on fieldwork and experiments.
3. Project Management:
  • • Manage restoration projects, including coordinating, planning, conducting, and leading ecological restoration research and fieldwork.
  • • Communicate effectively with co-workers and a variety of external collaborators on
  • project logistics.
Additional Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Operate various equipment including 100 hp tractor, rangeland seed drill, rotary mower, disc cultivator, UTV boom sprayer, ATV, brush mower, harrow, and other power equipment.
  • Operate handheld equipment such as backpack sprayer, gas trimmer, push mower, rototiller, etc.
  • Assist in operating greenhouse and equipment for native plant material propagation.
  • Maintain inventory of pesticides, seed, and plant material.
Competency:
  • Proficient in operating GPS, tablets, apps, RTK GPS, and other technology for spatial data collection.
  • Ability to safely operate a variety of hand, power, and motorized tools and equipment.
  • Competency with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Sheets, and relational databases.
  • Familiarity with GIS tools such as ESRI ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro, Field Collector, QGIS, QField, and mapping apps like OnX, Google Earth, GAIA, Avenza, or similar.
  • Ability to identify noxious weeds and use dichotomous vegetation keys.
  • Ability to work independently, organize and create work plans, collect data accurately, and communicate clearly.
Supervisory Duties: None

Education and Experience Requirement:
  • Bachelor’s degree in restoration ecology, rangeland management, natural resources, biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, or related discipline.
  • Two years of experience in weed control, revegetation, field data collection, natural resource management, or related field.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications:
  • Montana driver’s license.
  • Montana Department of Agriculture Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicators License or the ability to acquire within 30 days.
Working Environment/Physical Demands:
Work outdoors in various conditions, including cold, heat, rain, and snow. Physical demands
include walking long distances over uneven and steep terrain, lifting, driving, and bending. Must
be able to lift 50 lbs.
Travel:
Travel may be required infrequently to attend training or pick up supplies. Overnight stays may
be rare. Must be able to attend work on site.
To apply:
  • Send resume, cover letter, and list of two or more references to ranchjobs@mpgranch.com
  • Please use the subject line “Restoration Specialist Application” and indicate the available starting date.
  • Open until filled with preference to applications received by March 15, 2024
MPG Operations LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We provide reasonable accommodations
upon request to qualified individuals with disabilities.
Note: This job description outlines core responsibilities and skills required. It is subject to change
by the employer to align with evolving needs.

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Job Posting
: Experiment Maintenance Crew Temporary Field Technician

Exemption Classification: Hourly, non-exempt, temporary
Pay: $20/hour
Expected Hours of Work: April-September, Four 10 hour shifts/week (Monday-Thursday)
Reports To: Experiment Maintenance Crew Manager

Overview:
Join MPG Ranch as an Experiment Maintenance Crew Temporary Field Technician and assist with weed control, maintenance of and data collection from field-based scientific studies, seed collection, and other restoration efforts.

Essential Duties:
  • Maintenance of experimental plots (weeding, hoeing, spraying, etc.)
  • Planting and upkeep of Native Flower beds
  • Native seed collection, cleaning, and packaging
  • Assistance with scientific projects (data collection and plant surveys)
  • Backpack spraying, manually removing noxious weeds, and weed whacking
  • Assisting with other restoration projects, as needed
Competency:
  • Comfortable working with herbicide
  • Able to work at the same task for long periods of time
  • Manual labor experience
  • Comfortable communicating when instructions are unclear or person is unsure of task requirements
  • Able to work in variable weather conditions
  • Good time management
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a crew
Supervisory Duties: None

Additional Eligibility Qualifications & Preferred Experience:
  • Valid driver’s license (required)
  • Montana native plant ID skills
  • Experience in gardening
  • Interest in seeds and native plants
  • Hiking experience
Working Environment/Physical Demands:
  • Work outdoors in various conditions, including cold, heat, rain, and snow.
  • Physical demands include walking long distances over uneven and/or steep terrain, lifting, driving, kneeling, squatting, and bending.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
Travel:
  • Must be able to attend work on-site in Florence, Montana.
To apply:
  • Send resume, cover letter, and list of three references to ranchjobs@mpgranch.com.
    • Please write cover letter and list references in the body of the email and attach resume as a PDF.
  • Please use the subject line “Field Technician—Experiment Maintenance”.


MPG Operations LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We provide reasonable accommodations upon request to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Note: This job description outlines core responsibilities and skills required. It is subject to change by the employer to align with evolving needs.