Open Washington State Work Study Positions 2024-2025 (September 16, 2024 - June 15, 2025)

Ecological Restoration Technician

OlyEcosystems is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization focused on protecting, preserving and restoring urban ecosystems within Olympia, WA. To accomplish its goals, OlyEcosystems relies on both paid and volunteer work to support restoration efforts and ongoing maintenance of properties we’ve placed into conservation in perpetuity. This position is focused on restoring habitat within urban conservation areas in and around Olympia. Tasks may include clearing land of invasive species, site preparation for planting, and planting new species within properties located in and around Olympia.

Work Study students may work in pairs or with an OlyEcosystems board member when on site. Work days and times are all negotiable, within the parameters of students’ Work Study guidelines.

Minimum Qualifications:
· Able to provide your own transportation
· WA State driver’s license clear of suspension or revocation
· Able to provide your own protective gear (boots, gloves)
· Work requires heavy muscular effort or exertion, but not continuous. Candidates shall be able to lift 50 lbs. and walk over uneven and steep terrain.
· Ability to work outdoors in uneven terrain and in various weather conditions
· First Aid / CPR certified

The ideal candidate will have an interest in learning about pacific northwest plants, local ecosystems and restoration methods, and plant propagation methods.

2 positions open until filled.

Application instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to The position will remain open until filled.


Olympia Ecosystems is a non-profit organization that has created four preserves in and around Olympia, Washington. We mobilize an enthusiastic volunteer workforce and partner with like-minded organizations to replace invasive species with thriving pacific northwest adapted plants. Our eight-member working Board of Directors and staff are dedicated to the protection of urban green space in perpetuity.


Olympia Ecosystems is established to protect, preserve and restore the diverse ecosystems in and around Olympia, Washington that include the freshwater, shoreline, tidal waters, grasslands and upland forests that are home to the Pacific Great Blue Heron, cutthroat trout, salmon and companion species. In coordination with community members, local agencies, and other non- profit groups, we will work to ensure that these ecosystems remain vital in perpetuity.


Our vision is of thriving nature and a thriving community in a sustainable urban ecosystem, one that enables Olympia to prosper while caring for the South Puget Sound.


We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where every employee is valued and supported. We welcome team members of all backgrounds and perspectives. Even if you do not meet every job requirement listed, we still encourage you to apply. We believe your relevant experience and expertise will help us become a better workplace for all. Women, gender-nonbinary, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. and to complete the required I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form upon hire.

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