AmeriCorps Soil Sampling Technician: Nevada

Great Basin Institute
Elko, NV
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Living allowance: $5435.00 disbursed biweekly AmeriCorps Education Award*: $1527.45 Weekly housing stipend: $75.00 Field per diem: $15.00/night Student loan forbearance Health insurance provided
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In partnership with NDOW, GBI is recruiting one AmeriCorps member to serve as part of a two-person soil sampling team (one Lead and one Technician). The overall objective of this soil sampling effort is to collect data at locations where habitat restoration projects will be undertaken and at sites where restoration is underway. Restoration project sites are located in Wyoming sagebrush, pinyon-juniper woodlands and mountain sagebrush communities across northern Nevada. Restoration projects are focused on wildlife habitat including Sage Grouse, Mule deer, and a variety of other species. Site locations include land managed by the BLM, USFS and private landowners. Collected data are used to help guide proper treatment design and to provide a baseline data set against which treatment effects may be measured.

General field duties include regular use of best practices for safety, carrying heavy equipment while walking long distances over uneven and sometimes steep terrain, collecting soil samples, and collecting GPS locations of sampling plots and other plot-specific data. This position will require travel to and from field sites and extended field camping to ensure that all sampling objectives are fulfilled during the field season. Implementation may require long hours including early mornings and weekends. The timeframe for field data collection will generally be 8 days on and 6 days off or 4 days on and 3 days off. Time will also be spent at the NDOW office completing training tasks, data entry and potentially lab-related duties.
• Ability to carry heavy equipment (approximately 60 pounds) over rugged terrain in sometimes inclement weather;
• Willingness work and camp in primitive locations with no amenities for up to eight consecutive days;
• Strong interest in natural resource management, ecology, environmental science, or related field;
• Ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass, navigate to predetermined locations using GPS, and read a topographic map;
• Ability to work in a team setting and contribute to a positive work environment;
• Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting;
• Valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and
• Ability to meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or equivalent of 2 full-time awards), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks;

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