Invasive Plant Survey, Mapping and Treatment Technician: Nevada

The Great Basin Institute
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest/Ely and Austin/Tonopah: Carson/Reno and Santa Rosa/Winnemucca:
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
o Living Allowance* = $9,775.00 AmeriCorps Education Award** = $2,887.50 Living Allowance* = $11,000 AmeriCorps Education Award** = $2,887.50
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is recruiting for thirteen (13) AmeriCorps Interns to perform botanical surveys for invasive and noxious weeds in support of the Forest's Statewide Noxious Weed Program. As members of GBI’s AmeriCorps program, Technicians will not only enhance the vast public lands of northern and central Nevada, but will also take part in the national service movement. The primary duties for this position include: treating noxious weed populations by hand or through chemical application of herbicides; inventorying wilderness and non-wilderness forest lands for noxious weed populations; and mapping treatment areas and plant populations using a hand-held PDR (personal data recorder) and GPS unit. The majority of this work is conducted using UTV and large 4WD spray rigs (trucks) traveling on remote 4WD roads. A multi-week training session including invasive plant and noxious weed identification, herbicide safety (including applicator certification), technical training with PDRs and associated software, UTV and 4WD operation, and first aid will be provided at the beginning of the field season.

Compensation and Benefits:
Ely and Austin/Tonopah:
o Living Allowance* = $9,775.00
o AmeriCorps Education Award** = $2,887.50
o Housing option = USFS barracks
Carson/Reno and Santa Rosa/Winnemucca:
o Living Allowance* = $11,000
o AmeriCorps Education Award** = $2,887.50
o Carson/Reno Housing option = $75 Weekly housing stipend offered
o Santa Rosa/Winnemucca Housing option = USFS barracks

* Final living allowance amount and AmeriCorps Education Award value are determined by the length of the appointment
**AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest payment on qualifying student loans is also available.
Technical requirements:
o The successful candidates will possess knowledge and interest in botany and plant identification - prior experience with invasive plant management, desirable;
o Willingness to utilize chemical herbicide treatment methods, and ability to pass Nevada State Applicator exam;
o Experience utilizing hand-held GPS units and/or PDRs for navigation and/or data collections, along with basic computer skills;
o Ability to carry backpack sprayer or up to 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
o Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off-road, including mountain forest roads;
o Knowledge and experience in operating off highway vehicles, which includes Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV), and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), desirable; and
o Experience with towing and backing-up a trailer, desirable.

Additional requirements:
o Ability to self-direct and self-motivate;
o Possess good organizational skills;
o Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and able to hike 2-5+ miles daily on uneven terrain;
o Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and follow safe working practices;
o Communicate effectively with a diverse public;
o Previous USFS Link Pass access, preferred;
o Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record; and
o 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 two full-time terms of service), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
Contact Person
Christopher Sanders
Contact Phone
717 216 0267
Contact eMail
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