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University of Washington RARE CARE FIELD TECHNICIAN (TEMPORARY/HOURLY) in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 230738


Job Location Detail: Center for Urban Horticulture

Posting Date: 02/07/2024

Closing Info: Closes On 02/28/2024

Salary: $20.06 -$21.50 per hour per hour

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. ( )

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation (Rare Care) has a position available for a qualified individual to assist with fieldwork for ecological studies and vegetation monitoring. This position will support several ongoing research projects in Washington State in a variety of ecosystems including shrub steppe in the Columbia Basin, coniferous forests of the east Cascade foothills and montane and alpine ecosystems of the Cascade Mountains. The Field Technician (Research Aide 2 (NE H NI SEIU 925 Non Supv)) will work in a crew of two people in rural areas requiring up to eight miles of hiking a day. The Technician may learn the local flora, build botanical knowledge and build skills in collecting ecological data. Strong applicants will be passionate about the botanical world and other natural systems and demonstrate a willingness to share that passion and knowledge with other team members.


  • Monitor vegetation (species cover and composition data, plant morphology measurements) and estimate plant and canopy cover.

  • Map and record populations with handheld GPS units.

  • Identify plants to species using botanical dichotomous keys.

  • Assist with day-to-day field logistics and maintain field equipment.

  • Collect seeds for ex situ seed banking.

  • Perform field data collection, data entry, and QA/QC. Duration and Schedule : Approximately 30 hours a week from June 16 through August 31, 2024. The field work schedule is typically 10 hours a day. Location : This position is located at the Center of Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens in Seattle and field sites are located near Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Richland and Ritzville, WA. Overnight travel will be required. When working at field sites lodging/camping will be provided and travel (mileage, food) will be reimbursed. Lodging is not provided in Seattle. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering or science; OR two years of college-level work in engineering or science plus two years of experience equivalent to Research Aide I, OR four years of experience equivalent to Research Aide I. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, environmental science or a related field or equivalent experience.

  • Ability to work and travel outdoors in variable weather including extreme heat, heavy rains and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions) while maintaining a positive to neutral attitude.

  • Capable of standing and walking (up to 8 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time.

  • Lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 30 pounds.

  • Current or ability to obtain CPR and First Aid training.

  • Self-motivated and able to serve independently with limited supervision after the initial training period.

  • Able to work cooperatively with others and strong communication skills. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with standard vegetation sampling techniques and familiarity with basic field sampling equipment.

  • Experience with working and traveling in remote areas.

  • Familiarity with the flora and ecosystems of Washington State and use of dichotomous keys.

  • The applicant should be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and fieldwork.

  • Valid driver’s license.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.