Restoration Ecologist

Nature Collective
December 7, 2021
Solana Beach, California
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Position Summary

In collaboration with the Ecology Director, property owners, and managers; play a key role in restoring ecosystems, habitats, and diversity while assisting in implementing, monitoring, and maintaining habitat restoration projects throughout San Diego County.


  • Assist in the design and planning of restoration
  • Design and lead habitat and vegetation
  • Supervise the implementation and maintenance of restoration efforts, including site preparation, planting, and irrigation
  • Assist with hand weeding, pesticide application, seeding, planting, and propagation.
  • Select seed and plant palettes appropriate to each site based on soil properties, existing plant communities, and hydrological
  • Manage weeds, herbicide selection, application, and
  • Conduct plant propagation and seed collection, as well as building and maintaining field nurseries.
  • Follow work plans, restoration, and Health and Safety
  • Read and install irrigation diagrams and
  • Support and guide volunteer
  • Lead the preparation of ecological restoration conceptual plans and cost
  • Assist in the preparation of habitat mitigation monitoring plans, long-term management plans, adaptive management plans, and conservation
  • Lead habitat mapping and assessments and surveys for special-status species and other sensitive biological resources at numerous sites throughout
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Master or Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences (Ecology, Environmental Science, Botany, Biology, Fisheries, Forestry) or equivalent experience.
  • Qualified Applicator License from the California Department of Pesticide
  • At least five years of relevant work experience throughout California
  • Working knowledge of local habitats, flora, and
  • Native plant identification skills and knowledge of California plant
  • Self-motivated organized individual with good time-use and problem-solving skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Experience with field data collection and standard protocols (e.g., relevé & CRAM methods of sampling vegetation and habitats).
  • Experience and knowledge of statistical methods to analyze field-collected
  • Experience in the identification and management of non-native plant species common to Southern
  • Ability, knowledge, and experience with supervision of restoration field crew
  • Ability to complete arduous work in a variety of climates and outdoor working environments and working conditions.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy materials (greater than 50 pounds).
  • Ability to hike several miles a day in rugged and difficult terrain.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (including applicable boosters) unless a medical exemption applies.
  • Must be able to complete and clear applicable background screening.


  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Must be able to travel independently to project sites throughout San Diego

Diversity and Inclusion:

Nature Collective is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes diversity. We are committed to building teams where people of all identities and backgrounds are welcome, included, and respected.

Visit by December 27, 2021, to submit an application, cover letter, and resume. 

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