Job Announcements — Restoration Specialist & Conservation Intern

Restoration Specialist

Location: Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, CA

Primary Responsibilities:

Working closely with District Manager and State Parks staff on various duties and responsibilities:

•  Restoration planning

•  Seed collection and processing

•  Plant propagation, installation and monitoring

•  Restoration monitoring

•  Survey data collection

•  Other tasks as needed

There is moderate physical difficulty, as much of the work is in the field. Must be able to lift and/or carry loads (up to 50 pounds) and occasionally over 50 pounds. The job will require walking, standing, bending, squatting, kneeling, handling/operating tools and equipment.

On occasion, will be in proximity of moving equipment. Must be able to drive motorized equipment.

Hours & Benefits: Full time with benefits.

Salary:  Starting at $20/hour plus $2/hour health stipend.

Minimum Requirements:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in botany, horticulture, biology or natural resource science.

Current valid driver’s license.

Knowledge of:

•  Principles, methods and practices of native plant physiology, principles and practices of natural resource protection, restoration and enhancement.

•  Planting, culturing and maintenance of plants, including plant soil interactions.

•  Threats to health ecosystems and general methods to combat those threats.

•  Appropriate methods of debris and non-native plant removal.


Please send cover letter and resume to Jackie Crabb at and include “Resource Specialist” in the subject line. Deadline for resumes is February 24, 2021.


Conservation Intern (2021)

Location: Morro Bay, CA with services throughout district

Primary Responsibilities

Working closely with Project Managers and Engineer, the Conservation Intern will support various conservation projects with the following tasks:

  • Water Quality: flow monitoring and irrigation evaluations
  • Soil Health: soil sampling, vegetation surveys and data analysis
  • Wetland Restoration: biological monitoring, construction oversight, logistical support
  • Sediment Remediation: research and concept development
  • Other tasks as needed, including report development and data entry

Hours & Benefits: Part‐time, temporary without benefits. This position begins in May with 5 to 15 hours per week, increasing through late Fall 2021 to 15 to 30 hours per week.

Salary: $15/hour. This position is funded by local/state/federal grants and private contracts.

Minimum Requirements: Must be currently enrolled at either Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Cuesta College, be in good standing with the college, and working toward a degree in soil science, agriculture, agronomy, natural resources, engineering or related areas.   

Knowledge and interest in soil health, natural resource conservation and water quality monitoring are preferred. Experience using ArcGIS is a plus. Knowledge of Microsoft office is required. Must have a valid California driver’s license.

Applicants should have strong written and oral communication skills. Attention to detail and self motivation are essential. The successful candidate must be able to work with limited supervision.  

Must be able to lift and/or carry loads (up to 50 pounds) and occasionally over 50 pounds. The job will require walking, standing, bending, squatting, kneeling, handling/operating tools and equipment.   


Please send a resume and a briefcover letter describing your qualifications for the position to Jackie Crabb at and include “Intern” in the subject line. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 12, 2021.