Seasonal Open Space Technician

Website Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

f you enjoy working hard in the outdoors, learning new skills and being with a fun group of people, we invite you to apply for the position of Seasonal Open Space Technician at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen). As a small mission driven organization, every employee at Midpen makes an impact – so if you are looking for a challenging opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space preservation, we welcome your application.

About the Position:  Seasonal Open Space Technicians assist with building and maintaining roads and trails on Midpen lands, and operate mechanical equipment such as chainsaws, power pruners and mowers. Seasonal Open Space Technicians also use hand and power tools to do semi-skilled carpentry, construction tasks, and remove invasive non-native plants. Additional duties include cleanup, routine maintenance in buildings and restrooms, and other tasks as required. Coveralls & personal protective equipment (PPE) are provided. Seasonal employees might need to purchase a uniform or chainsaw appropriate work boots if these items are not already owned. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, start dates will be staggered beginning in March and continuing through September.  See Job Description for additional information.

Work location may be at any of these offices (there is no seasonal housing available):

Skyline Field Office – La Honda

Foothills Field Office – Cupertino

Coastal Area Outpost – La Honda

South Area Office – Campbell

Requirements:  Basic requirements include high school diploma or G.E.D.; possession of a valid California driver’s license; skills to perform basic construction and maintenance assignments; ability to perform manual labor requiring bending, stooping, kneeling, and lifting; and the ability to work in, or around, poison oak. Highly desirable traits include prior work experience in a park, forest, or public recreation area involving work with equipment and tools used in park maintenance.  Candidates selected for the position will be required to successfully pass and obtain certification in Basic First Aid/CPR, AED for Lay Responders.

Working Conditions: This is a full time, Monday through Friday position, with occasional weekend and holiday work required. Employees work in the field in rugged and remote areas and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical or electrical hazards, hazardous physical substances and fumes, and poison oak. Seasonal assignments will not exceed 950 hours or 7 months, whichever comes first, and do not include benefits.

About Midpen:  Midpen is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of nearly 65,000 acres of land in 26 extraordinary open space preserves, permanently protected for natural resource conservation, public enjoyment and recreation.  If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection, natural resource restoration and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position!  To learn more about what we are passionate about, we invite you to visit our web site at

How to Apply:  Application Deadline: Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Apply online at  Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.

Employment offers are conditional upon the results of a fingerprint background check and a pre-employment physical.  Candidates who advance to reference checks must provide a current DMV report. Midpen only accepts the DMV report the candidate receives by submitting form INF 1125 to the DMV.


Interviews – January 18, 19, 20 (virtual)
Reference Checks – week of January 24, 2022
Fingerprinting – week of February 7, 2022
Pre-employment Physical – week of February 14, 2022
Start Dates – March 2022

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