Biological Crew Lead – Fish & Botany Survey Crew: South Lake Tahoe, California

Great Basin Institute
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Last Date to Apply
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), is recruiting (1) Biological Crew Lead for a Fish/Botany Survey Crew. This field-oriented position will complete surveys and implement aquatic work and/or invasive weed treatments to meet unit priorities. Primary Responsibilities: Lead a crew of 4 technicians (2 botany and 2 fishery) Assists USFS fisheries biologist and aquatic crew leaders in planning and implementing inventories and surveys to support Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit priority projects. This includes hiking in steep terrain and remote locations, working in streams and/or another aquatic habitat. Some duties will require overnight camping. Assists fisheries biologist and aquatic crew leaders in implementing habitat restoration actions for federally listed species. This includes hiking heavy equipment into remote locations (up to 10 miles), overnight camping, and working long days in streams (slippery, steep and uneven terrain). ​Assists fisheries biologist and aquatic crew leaders in implementing and providing topside assistance on large scale aquatic invasive weed removal. This includes carrying heavy materials in uneven terrain, working in water environment, and using needed tools for topside and implementation. ​Assists fisheries biologist and aquatic crew leaders with data management and database entry. ​Leads participants in surveys for fish, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and invasive species. ​Uses botanical key to identify plants encountered during field trips or surveys of forest areas. Compiles and summarizes the vegetation types obtained from aerial and ground surveys including forest health monitoring, biological evaluations, and pilot tests conducted as part of the project. ​Participates in and conducts a variety of field studies of native and non-native botanical species and their habitats. Collects data for use in habitat and species condition analyses. Collects survey and inventory data to determine species identity, population characteristics, environmental conditions, and factors affecting the vigor and extent of the species and their habitat. Keeps data records and produces maps of survey areas. Lays out monitoring plots by taking measurements and marking corners and boundaries. ​Compiles and summarizes data obtained from surveys, inventories, biological evaluations, and monitoring. Uses computer systems and associated software for recording, organizing, storing, and analyzing data. Performs native plant, pollinators, and phenology surveys. Carries out pollinator habitat enhancement, tends restoration gardens and other ecological restoration duties such as planting, seed collection and cleaning, weeding, irrigation of past plantings, or native plant nursery work Identifies invasive non-native plants using various field guides or botanical keys, surveys for target plants, collects and assesses data on infestation location and status, and treats invasive plant infestations. Treatments primarily involve using herbicides, but may also be accomplished by hand-pulling, or using hand tools, power tools, mowers, and other standard control methods. Collects and records data related to infestation location and status. Responsible for ensuring that data related to invasive non-native plant treatments is recorded accurately and legibly, and according to specific protocols. Providing guidance and support of project activities, including ensuring adherence to agreed-upon protocols and procedures; and Facilitating accurate completion and documentation of project efforts.
Technical requirements: Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline; Experience in methods and procedures used in various aquatic surveys (e.g., visual encounter surveys, electrofishing) and botanical surveys (e.g., visual encounter surveys, plant identification); ​Knowledge of the basic principles of plant and animal ecology; ​Ability to work in aquatic habitats with moving water and slippery conditions; ​Ability to motivate and maintain a positive attitude while leading crew members; ​Ability to walk long distances in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing mountainous conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition; ​Ability to work on a variety of different projects with changing priorities; ​Experience leading crews in the field, including oversight of safety, communication, fidelity to methods, and data quality; ​Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; ​Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for several consecutive days; ​Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFS.
Contact Person
Kaelyn Hadel
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