Open Space Technician II

  • 33 Las Colinas Ln, San Jose, CA 95119, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Our mission is to conserve the natural environment, support agriculture and connect people to nature by protecting open spaces, natural areas, and working farms and ranches for future generations. We have protected 30,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands in Santa Clara Valley. Our agency operates a network of open space lands to manage and conserve natural resources and provide compatible opportunities for hiking, biking, and equestrian uses.

We know our continued success depends on our employees and the work they do. We are committed to providing a collaborative and inclusive work environment that encourages growth and development and acknowledges individual and team achievements.

Job Description

The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority seeks to fill two Open Space Technician II positions to join our Field Operations team in the work to steward our protected lands and foster positive visitor experiences by maintaining a high standard of care in our open space preserves.

The Ideal Candidate

You are a hard-working and motivated individual with construction and maintenance experience in parks and open space. You enjoy being outdoors, working with your hands, and take pride in providing an excellent user experiences on our open space lands. You can perform a wide variety of semi-skilled carpentry, building and field maintenance duties using hand and power tools such as chain saws, mowers, sprayers and similar equipment; as well as performing routine maintenance and repair of assigned tools and equipment facilities.

We are seeking qualified technicians to take responsibility for routine clean up and maintenance of Authority lands including trails, roads, building and other facilities. Candidates need to have skilled knowledge of operations, services and activities of an open space maintenance and construction program; principles and practices of maintenance and construction and resource management; standard safety practices; and trade skills in plumbing, electrical and carpentry.

Your experience in open space maintenance and resource management enables you to perform well working independently under general supervision. You enjoy engaging members of the public by communicating the mission, vision and goals of the Authority by answering basic questions and interacting with visitors and neighbors in a friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful manner.

This position will have both opening and closing shifts with a work week that includes weekdays and weekends, exact hours will vary throughout the year, based on seasonal changes and sunset times. Weekend work is required, and this position will be required to work some holidays each year.

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The ideal candidate will possess no less than the following skills, education, and experience:

  • High school diploma or the equivalent, supplemented by college-level coursework in park maintenance, resource management, or a related field;
  • Three years of experience in open space land management;
  • Ability to lift and carry materials and objects weighing up to 60 pounds;
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain a valid California Driver’s license, with a satisfactory driving record;
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain certificates for First Aid and CPR, First Responder, Chainsaw Operator, 4-Wheel drive and ATV Safety;
  • Ability to work independently.
  • This position is required to take and pass a pre-employment background check.

Additional Information

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this full-time, non-exempt position is $31.75 to $38.59 hourly, depending on experience and qualifications. To compliment this salary, we offer a robust benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their dependents – we cover 100% of the cost for these premiums. We participate in CalPERS retirement programs as well as offering a separate 457 Plan for tax deferred retirement savings. A basic life insurance policy is provided to all eligible employees with the option to purchase additional personal insurance benefits.

Application and Selection

All application materials must be received prior to August 17, 2020, at 5:00 PM. To be considered for this opportunity, submit your application materials including cover letter and resume at the application link provided below. Resume should reflect years and months of employment. Final interviews are tentatively set for August 28, 2020.

The Open Space Authority strives to engage a workforce reflective of the community it serves. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.