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14 Feb 2022

Seasonal Conservation Science Field Technician – Santa Lucia Conservancy

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Who We Are
The Santa Lucia Conservancy (Conservancy) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit land trust incorporated in 1995 to conserve the ecological integrity of the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, CA. We are dedicated to advancing the art and science of conservation-compatible development through adaptive land management, conservation easement stewardship, ecological research and environmental education programs.

The Conservancy actively manages 18,000 acres of lands within the 20,000-acre Santa Lucia Preserve to protect and enhance their extraordinary ecological values. In addition, the Conservancy works with a variety of academic and environmental partners to conduct and promote land management and ecological research to increase our understanding of local natural resources and the interactions between human communities and the natural environment.

Position Summary
Under the direction of the Conservation Ecologist, the Conservation Science Technician will assist with monitoring and research activities in support of the Santa Lucia Conservancy’s Conservation Science Program. The primary focus of this position will be to conduct vegetation surveys across the Santa Lucia Preserve to locate, map, and assess the status and condition of coast buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium). During flight season of the endangered Smith’s Blue Butterfly (June – August), the Conservation Science Technician will also be responsible for carrying out transect surveys to assess the species’ status and abundance on sites located across the Preserve. Occasionally, the role will provide support for other ecological research and monitoring activities, including but not limited to wildlife surveys for tricolored blackbirds, California tiger salamanders, California red-legged frogs, nesting raptors and grassland birds.

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