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California Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) Lead

Invitation Number: SPPCA122019

Status: Part time position (approximately 500 hours total from January – October 2020)

Closing date: December 20, 2019

About Us:

The Institute for Applied Ecology is a dynamic nonprofit organization founded in 1999 whose mission is to conserve native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. We fill a unique niche among nonprofits and work with a diverse group of partners including federal, state and county agencies and municipalities to accomplish our mission. Our main office is in Corvallis, OR and our Southwest office is in Santa Fe, NM.


Contract Summary: The Contractor will support IAE’s Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP), a multi-state, multi-partner effort to improve habitat for wildlife and engage diverse incarcerated people in pro-social action, conservation science, and vocational training. 

The contractor will lead the SPP’s Mojave Desert Native Seed Project at the California City Correctional Facility. This project improves habitat for the threatened desert tortoise by engaging incarcerated individuals in the seed production of native plants that the tortoise eats. Incarcerated crew members will propagate several native plant species and harvest seeds to add to a seed bank. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be using the seeds to restore desert tortoise habitat.

The Contractor must have their own vehicle and be able to travel to the prison. Mileage will be reimbursed at the current federal rate. The Contractor will need to be registered in the federal SAM (System for Awards Management) database and have a DUNS (Data Universal Number System) number before the contract start date.

Contract will start January 6, 2020 and end October 31st 2020.

Duties Include:

• Coordinate with Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) for program planning at the prison

• Participate in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) security and safety training as needed

• Coordinate training of incarcerated crew members, provide relevant education materials, and act as intermediary between incarcerated crew members, CDCR, and IAE

• Implement seeding and initial care of plants with incarcerated crew members

• Work on-site with incarcerated crew members to review plant health, develop solutions to challenges, meet with partners and incarcerated crew members, and deliver lectures and on-site vocational training in the prison. Keep activity log for each facility up to date.

• Monitor progress “on the ground” (sowing, daily care, thinning, fertilizing, preparation for seed collection).

• Work with team to identify and problem solve program related issues

• Track supply needs and submit order requests

• Communicate with DOC program lead, IAE staff and/or regarding program status, technical difficulties, and any behavior issues

• Collect seeds as they are ready with incarcerated crew members

Independent Status: 

Contractor is and shall be an Independent Contractor. While performing the work or services provided, Contractor or Contractor's employees shall not be construed as being IAE employee(s) for any purpose, including but not limited to the accrual of any employee benefits such as health insurance, life insurance, retirement or vacation time. As an Independent Contractor, Contractor assumes full responsibility for making all necessary federal, state and social security tax payments and will file all returns and forms required in connection with compensation received in connection with this Agreement.

Preference will be given to those with:

• Bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resources, forestry, horticulture or a related field.

• Current US driver’s license.

• California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) training and clearance.

• Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check and ongoing compliance with Federal, State and Local statutes (required for working in prisons).

• Horticulture experience, especially with Mojave desert native plant propagation and seed collection.

• Leadership or management experience

• Positive willingness to work with incarcerated individuals at minimum and medium security facilities.

• Positive willingness to work with people of diverse backgrounds.

• Experience with data collection.

• Ability to lift up to 30 lbs and work in outdoor conditions while standing or stooping.


You must complete the online application form at: . In addition, you need to submit a resume as a single PDF document emailed with the subject line “SPPCA122019 Application.”

Applications must be received by December 20, 2019. INCOMPLETE BIDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

If you have any questions, please contact us

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Cole Hardware is looking to hire full-time sales associate for our Rockridge location. The Successful applicant will be dedicated to providing outstanding customer service and becoming a valued member of our team.

The primary responsibilities of the sales associate position are to maintain outstanding customer service, generate sales, stock product, maintain well-stocked departments, and support the store management team.We especially encourage you to apply if you have knowledge in any of the following areas: Nursery and Garden.

Sales associates should:

  • Have excellent customer service

  • Have prior experience in retail in the home improvement industry or have experience in the 'trades'

  • Have the ability to stock and maintain a department

  • Have great organizational skills

  • Be able to stand for long periods of time

  • Be able to work independently and under supervision

  • Have the ability and willingness to work flexible hours (weekends, mornings,and evenings

  • Be computer literate

  • Be able to lift up to 60 pounds

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Planted Design

Planted Design is a full service firm in Emeryville, California that is focused on creating beautiful, functional and sustainable moss art pieces and living walls.  We bring nature to unexpected places, and we believe in cultivating our people and promoting from within so that their roles with us are more than just jobs. 

Job Brief

We are hiring a team member to join our Production & Plant Maintenance teams.  This role will spend roughly half of the time doing in-house art production, under the direction of the Production Manager. This involves full days of installing mosses onto different mediums and other custom pieces while standing, as well as regularly participating in project installations.  You will be instructed on design parameters and be asked to follow exact instructions; attention to detail and ability to follow direction are essential. 

The other half of this role involves maintaining living wall installations and potted plants at various client locations around the Bay Area, under the direction of the Living Wall Manager. You must be an experienced horticulturist with a vast knowledge of plant care and be proactive about troubleshooting and self-education in order to ensure that our clients’ projects don’t just survive, but grow and thrive. Ideally, you are familiar with various integrated pest management techniques and irrigation systems, and are eager to learn more about them. This role requires a professional demeanor while interfacing with clients and an attentiveness to plant health with an eye for detail, an ability to problem solve, and a strong work ethic.  


Production Technician

  • Applying preserved plants following design plans

  • Setting up and taking down moss walls for events

  • Preparing projects and materials for installations, including packing up projects and company vehicles and gathering the appropriate tools

  • Going to installations to help hang small pieces and to seam together large pieces

  • Sanding, patching and painting frames, lettering and substrates

  • Assembling CNC and laser cut logos and lettering and integrating into moss walls

  • Wrapping and planting live plants

  • Maintaining the organization and cleanliness of entire studio and company vehicles

  • Being mindful of your tools and staying safe while on the job

Plant Maintenance Technician

  • Gain strong familiarity with all aspects of the various living wall systems used at Planted Design

  • Be able to troubleshoot living wall systems as needed, including mechanical issues

  • Prune, trim, and groom plants 

  • Detect presence of insects or disease on plants

  • Operate irrigation systems and timers

  • Fill recirculating tanks or living wall trays with water

  • Treat insects or disease with appropriate natural methods, per Plant Design’s instruction

  • Evaluate quality of plants; remove and replace dying plants

  • Apply soil amendments as needed

  • Tastefully stage potted plants

  • Determine watering needs based on state of soil for potted plants

  • Install decorative rocks, Spanish moss and other top dressings in potted plants

  • Take maintenance and care notes on-site, recording information about plants health and growth, irrigation systems, and client feedback. To be logged on a weekly basis

  • Clean up after yourself at all maintenance visits


  • Must have advanced knowledge of and experience with plants, including troubleshooting around pests and other plant health issues

  • Must be comfortable working with hot glue guns and basic hand tools

  • Must be able to stand up for the entire day, lift up to 45 pounds, and be comfortable squatting and bending down for long periods of time

  • Must be able to use Google Suite, including Docs, Calendar and Gmail

  • Must have strong attention to detail, very high work ethic, high quality standards, and consistent tidiness

  • Must be a team player, patient with a positive, can-do attitude and a willingness to follow direction

  • Experience with irrigation systems a plus

  • Having own vehicle is a plus (mileage reimbursed at 55 cents per mile)

Time & Compensation

  • Typical hours are 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Installations occasionally require adjusted hours, such as early mornings, evenings and weekends, and plant maintenance may begin at 8 AM on some days

  • Compensation: starting at $18/hr

    • Health insurance provided on the first of the month following 60 days in role. Planted Design covers 75% of medical insurance premium, and 50% of vision and dental premiums for team members

    • Fifteen paid days off per year. Accrual begins after 90 days

    • Nine paid holidays per year

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We are a local retail nursery featuring succulents, cactus, bamboos, drought-tolerant perennials, shrubs and so much more!

We provide a high level of service every day: offering help in selecting plants and explaining how to take care of them, how to plant them, what fertilizers to use, and what plants work well together. We prefer applicants have a demonstrated interest in plants from a professional or educational background - i.e. have you worked at a nursery? Taken Horticulture classes? Volunteered at a Botanic Garden? Let us know! It's not a deal-breaker if you don't have that experience because above all else we're really looking for great salespeople.

We are looking for friendly, outgoing, intelligent people who want to  share their passion for plants with our customers. We also want people who will enjoy getting their hands dirty while learning about the plants we grow and sell. We are plant nerds and we love getting other people excited about growing plants! This passion and level of customer service is what our customers have come to expect from us. 

We provide competitive wages based on experience and we offer full benefits. Weekends are required.

If you enjoy working with the public, plants, and a fun team, please submit your resume AND cover letter. Tell us about you! 

Please do not drop your resume off or call the nursery.

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