Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $18-19/hr

A seasonal Restoration Technician performs manual labor to implement riparian habitat restoration projects throughout the Skagit and Samish River watersheds. Activities are primarily geared towards maintenance of native vegetation along waterways as part of ongoing restoration efforts. Specific tasks include mechanical weed control, herbicide application under the direction of a licensed applicator, mowing, mulching, watering, weeding, and removing trash. Work will be conducted outdoors in all weather conditions and terrain including waterways, steep slopes, pasture, forest, and wetlands.


  • Perform site maintenance activities focused on controlling invasive weeds at planting sites including mowing, weed whacking, and mulching.
  • Safely apply herbicides under the direction of a licensed herbicide applicator.
  • Safely operate mechanized equipment including skid steer, small tractor, and similar items to maintain riparian restoration sites. Occasionally operate larger machines such as excavators to assist with other projects.
  • Protect riparian habitat by constructing and repairing fences along waterways according to specifications and plans.
  • Safely operate, maintain and repair restoration tools and equipment.
  • Keep accurate records of daily activities.
  • Follow all safety protocols and attend appropriate trainings.
  • Occasionally assist with juvenile fish seining and rescue related to habitat restoration projects.
  • Occasionally assist with monitoring tasks for habitat restoration sites including juvenile fish documentation, vegetation monitoring, and photo documentation.
  • Occasionally perform manual labor related to the implementation of habitat improvement projects including installing and anchoring fish habitat structures in streams, constructing erosion control structures, and implementing other BMP’s to reduce impacts to waterways during construction activities.
  • Seasonal technicians serving in their second year may be given additional responsibilities consistent with the job description.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Education, experience or training related to native and invasive plant identification.
  • Experience working in the natural resources, habitat restoration, landscaping, or similar field.


  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Ability and willingness to follow direction and take initiative while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding manual labor outdoors, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain in all types of weather.
  • Ability to safely operate hand and power tools such as weed eaters, chainsaws, power auger, small tractors, high-weed mower.
  • Willingness to apply herbicide under the direction of a licensed herbicide applicator.
  • Knowledge and skills related to natural resources and/or environmental restoration.
  • Comfortable working in and around water.
  • Ability to operate four wheel drive truck and trailer.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.


  • Must have and maintain a valid Driver’s License throughout employment period.
  • SFEG is a fully vaccinated employer, so the successful candidate must show documentation of completing the primary series of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen before beginning employment.  Reasonable religious or medical accommodation or exemption may be considered.
  • As per SFEG’s personnel policies, SFEG will conduct a background check on any volunteers or employees who will work with children or other vulnerable populations.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.):

  • Must be able to lift 60 lbs.
  • Walk up to 3-miles over steep or uneven terrain.
  • Operate a weed whacker or backpack sprayer for 6-8 hours per day.
  • Frequently required to work in or cross streams and rivers with calm to moderate currents and depths of up to several feet.


The following qualifications, skills, knowledge or abilities are preferred/helpful for this position, but are not required.

  • Training or college course work in biological sciences, environmental sciences, natural resources, or related field.
  • Washington State commercial herbicide operator license.
  • CPR and First Aid Certified.
  • Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS Suite.

To Apply
A complete application includes a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references. 

Send application materials to:
Subject Line: Seasonal Riparian Restoration Technician

Skagit Fisheries expects to hire an individual to fill one Seasonal Riparian Restoration Technician position. This position is open until filled.  The first review of applications will begin May 17, 2023, in preparation for interviews to be scheduled in late May. 

For more information: please visit or contact Nathan White, Riparian Restoration Manager, at 360-770-5677 or