Ecological Restoration Crew Supervisor



People & HR, Operations
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2024
WRA Landscape Restoration specializes in ecological restoration and wildland vegetation management solutions throughout California’s unique array of ecological communities. Our Landscape Restoration team is based out of the North Bay and provides natural resource-based services throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area.
We are seeking a Restoration Crew Supervisor to join our hardworking and joyful team in fulfilling the initiatives of our Restoration Program which are centered around the restoration, stewardship, and enhancement of natural landscapes and habitats. This opportunity is primarily a field-based position, guiding our team of 4-6 experienced restoration technicians in a wide range of ecological restoration services including fire fuel vegetation management, native plant out-planting, invasive plant mapping and control, site maintenance and irrigation, stream bank stabilization, and erosion control, and wetlands restoration.
The primary component of this position is field based and is physically demanding year-round. Candidates must be willing to work outdoors in wild and rough terrain through extreme weather conditions. Steep slopes and poison oak are common on many job sites. Additional activities include data collection for reports and field research, documenting and mapping distributions of native resources and invasive plant populations, and strategically planning ecologically driven approaches to achieve optimal success on our project sites.
Compensation: $25-30 per hour depending on experience

The core areas of responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership, support, and care for our Restoration Technicians focusing on team wellbeing and cohesion.
  • Perform on the ground training on approaches to work and specialized equipment through day-to-day activities
  • Coordinate work schedules through organizing personnel and field equipment on multiple sites
  • Meet task deliverables on time and budget

Essential Qualifications:

  • Experience in natural resources management, vegetation management, forestry, or landscape construction/maintenance
  • Experience leading crews or volunteers
  • Experience with hand tools and specialized power equipment including brush cutters, chainsaws, and chippers
  • Experience leading manual, mechanical and chemical treatments for invasive plant control
  • Ability to identify native and non-native plant species in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Understands OSHA safety regulations
  • A California driver's license and the ability to operate large trucks and small equipment
  • Must be able to consistently lift more than 50 pounds
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred

Management tasks include:

  • Supervise and direct field personnel including establishing schedules and work assignments.
  • Work with Senior Contractor and Project Manager to track task budgets, work performed and project progress documentation.
  • Enforce OSHA safety regulations, safety orders, and supervision of jobsite PPE.
  • Conduct job site safety analysis and record regular tailgate safety meetings.

Specific field duties include:

  • Conducting ecological fuel breaks in wildland and urban interface locations
  • Performing various aspects of habitat restoration including: vegetation management, habitat restoration, native plant installation and protection, irrigation design and installation, and project site maintenance.
  • Mapping invasive species population distribution and conducting control efforts
  • Performing streambank stabilization and bioengineered erosion control installations
  • Tracking and documenting work through photo point monitoring and reporting
  • Designing and conducting research to provide meaningful information to the field of restoration
  • Attending program and staff meetings, and periodic check-ins with Project and Program Managers
  • Occasionally working on the weekends and being available for occasional overnight stays with advanced notice
Who are we:
WRA Landscape Restoration is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to creating a diverse environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.