The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is recruiting an AmeriCorps Biological Science Technician to participate in rangeland monitoring and invasive non-native plant treatment, monitoring, and management projects for the forest's statewide noxious weed control program. The focus of this position will be a mixture of rangeland monitoring related to threatened and endangered species and the mechanical and chemical treatment of invasive and noxious weeds. Most of this work is conducted using UTV’s, backpack sprayers, and large 4WD spray vehicles traveling on remote 4WD roads. Appropriate personal protective equipment will be supplied by the Forest Service and utilized by Technicians at all times. A tablet with ArcCollector and Invasive Species Mobile, as well as a Garmin InReach device, will be used to record plant populations.
Although a small portion of time may be dedicated to data entry and other office tasks, this is primarily a field-based position which requires physical labor and daily hiking. Technicians will often navigate using global positioning systems, topographic maps, and/or compass to remote locations in rugged terrain under possible adverse weather conditions.
A training session including plant identification, herbicide safety, use of tablets and associated software, UTV operation, trailer towing, and first aid will be provided at the beginning of the field season.
• Checks range allotments to assess appropriate time to graze, compliance with management plans and operating instructions, number of livestock, herding procedures, salting, range improvement, maintenance, and the need for additional range improvements such as fences or water development. Inspects allotments before and after grazing for trespass stock and if found, gathers necessary brands, numbers, dates, and locations.
• Inspects structural range improvements and notifies supervisor of needed maintenance.
• Performs a variety of computations and assessment of standard rangeland management data to prepare the data for interpretative use of inclusion in reports. Prepares charts, graphs, and/or reports using well-established specified procedures. Notes and reports on conditions such as range utilization, grazing impact, soil erosion, violations, or needed maintenance.
• Makes a number of measurements using a variety of instruments. Performs computations that require judgment and knowledge of the nature of the sources and use of the data. Estimates production and potential production of a site based on various sampling techniques. Estimates the utilization of available forage by all grazing animals and determines as closely as possible the percent of use by each class of animal. Using accepted indicator plants determines range readiness and advises supervisor.
• Participates in noxious plant control:
o Treating invasive plant infestations (Treatments primarily involve using herbicides but may also be accomplished by hand-pulling and/or using hand tools, power tools, mowers, and other standardized control methods).
o Identifying non-native plant species using various fields and survey for target plants.
o Collecting data on infestation location and status.
o Accurately and legibly record data related to invasive plant treatments according to specific protocols; and
o Perform basic mathematical calculations related to herbicide mixing and applications.
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Rising from the floor of the Great Basin—the vast expanse between the Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains where creeks and rivers flow inland rather than to the ocean—the steep, green mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest provide critical water, wildlife habitat, and incredible adventures for visitors and residents. Ghost towns and historic mining cabins dot these vast, largely undiscovered sky islands that offer freedom, solitude, and a sense of discovery and adventure for the self-reliant. Although mostly remote, the Forest also borders some of the busiest urban areas in the country—Las Vegas and Reno. For more information about this incredible landscape, please visit the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest fact sheet.
This position will be based out of the Santa Rosa Ranger District located in Paradise Valley, NV.
o May 17, 2021 – November 12, 2021
o 26 weeks
o 40 hours/week
Compensation and Benefits:
o Total Living Allowance: $11,000 (Approximately $850 biweekly before taxes)
o Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,097.50 (Upon successful completion, the award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition.)
o $15/day field camping per diem when applicable
o Barracks housing available at $13.34/day (~$400/month)
o Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost
o Knowledge and interest in botany and plant identification - prior experience with invasive plant management preferred;
o Willingness to utilize chemical herbicide treatment methods, and ability to pass Nevada State Applicator exam (training and study time will be provided prior to the exam);
o Experience utilizing hand-held GPS units or tablets for navigation and/or data collections preferred, 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 mountainous forest roads, preferred;
o Knowledge and experience in operating off highway vehicles such as Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) desirable; and
o Experience with towing and backing-up a trailer, desirable.
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 Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and
o The successful applicant(s) must complete the following background checks: (1) AmeriCorps Criminal History Check (state and federal), (2) National Sex Offender registry check, and (3) USDA Forest Service background investigation.
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