As the botanist assistant the majority of the work will take place at the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, where the botanist assistant will work with a team of fisheries and wildlife biologists to determine baseline habitats of seeps, springs, and playa lakes. The selected individual will identify, collect, and prepare herbarium specimens, aid in environmental education efforts, and perform data collection and database entry duties.
Core Responsibilities for the position:
Work with a team of biologists and fisheries staff to study and collect data for riparian habitats, springs, seeps, rivers, streams and lakes of northern New Mexico.
Assist with fish population, aquatic invertebrate surveys and environmental education.
Identify local riparian community flora.
Collect and prepare herbarium specimens.
Gather detailed vegetation data for entry into database.
Contribute to the program’s field guide and database for the area.
Office duties will include performing data entry and assisting with travel preparation.
Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in biology, botany, or a related field.
Prior experience in plant identification and experience using technical keys.
Field navigation skills and experience using GPS.
Ability to drive a 4 wheel drive truck on rugged gravel or dirt roads.
Experience with data collection in Western U.S. riparian communities.
Experience with plant voucher collection.
Experience with data entry and data management.
CPR and/or Wilderness First Aid certification.
Familiarity with riparian flora of Southwestern U.S preferred.
Applicants must pass a DOI security background check, and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
Previous experience with a Conservation Corps or youth-serving organization preferred.
To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc.. May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis. He/she must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer and reach with hands and arms.
Ability to hike and camp in rough terrain at elevations over 7,000 feet.
This position calls for high levels of concentration. A moderate amount of travel is required to attend meetings, provide assistance to other field offices, and to provide or receive training.
Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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