Botany Crew Member- Various (Region 5) California

Great Basin Institute and USFS
Tahoe National Forest- Truckee, CA and Stanislaus National Forest- Hathaway Pines, CA
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Living Allowance and Education Award: Botany Crew Members in these AmeriCorps positions will receive a living allowance, the value of which is dependent on the length of service. The living allowance is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The allowance is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service, members become eligible for an education award (the amount is dependent on the length of service) that can be used for paying student loans, paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college, as well as additional certifications such as NOLS courses. Living Allowance: Approx. $500/week Education Awards: 900-hour term – $3,097.50 675-hour term – $2,360.00 450-hour term- $1638.89 Health Insurance: The Great Basin Institute will cover 100% of the premium for Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for each member. Student Loan Forbearance: If you are currently paying on any federal student loans, you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, allowing you to cease payments while in service. Interest Accrual Repayment: As an AmeriCorps alumnus, you will be eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible for this service, the loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.
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The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS, is recruiting Botany Crew Members to perform vegetation surveys within the Sierra Nevada mountain range (USFS Region-5 locations). Selected Technicians will gain numerous professional development opportunities, including an expanded professional network as they interact with agency staff. Crew members will benefit from exposure to USFS processes, procedures, compliance measures and reporting, and technical experience. Expanded opportunities and exposure to additional disciplines (e.g. archaeology, wildlife, hydrology, recreation, etc.) and projects may exist. These positions serve to protect sensitive botanical species and contribute to USFS vegetation management and fuels reduction efforts; supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources. Botany crew members will conduct botanical surveys to establish distributional occurrences of targeted species and populations in and around designated project sites and access routes. Data from these surveys will inform mitigation measures set to protect targeted plant species and vegetation communities considered habitat for designated wildlife. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to: Botanical surveys to determine species identity, population characteristics, environmental conditions, factors affecting vigor and extent of species and their habitat Lay out monitoring plots Photograph or collect specimens as directed Produce maps of survey areas Record, enter and summarize data Crew Members will be expected to use botanical keys to identify plants and may be asked to assist with reporting tasks. Outcomes of field work, conducted in accordance with USFS protocols, will advance planning for management actions on National Forest lands. This physically demanding work, often in remote locations, will provide Botany Crew Members with rewarding exposure to some of California’s backcountry forested landscapes. These positions require extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (5,000-9,000 ft.) with heavy packs on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as heat, smoke, high winds, snow or rain. Work schedules generally consist of 5 days per week (8 hours/day). However, there is potential for an abbreviated work schedule consisting of 4 days per week (10-hour days). Work schedules are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. This is principally a field-based position. Project Descriptions: *NOTE- these are anticipated projects; however, projects are subject to change as needs are assessed closer to the start of the field season.) Tahoe National Forest: Crews working on the Truckee and Sierraville Ranger Districts will be assisting the USFS East Zone Botanist with conducting sensitive plant surveys, identification of rare plants and manual removal of noxious weeds on the Five Creeks project, ~5000 acre project located west of HWY 89 between Olympic Valley and Donner Lake. Additional priority project sites may be included throughout the season. Stanislaus National Forest: The two-person botany crew (1-lead and 1-tech) will be working in the Calaveras Ranger District. The crew will assist USFS staff for the preparation and implementation of forest resilience treatments in the general area of Prather Meadows, Big Rattlesnake Creek, and Little Rattlesnake Creek (approx. 7,229 acres). The project is located within Tuolumne County, California, northeast of Arnold and south of Cabbage Patch, on the south side of the North Fork Stanislaus River. Project work will consist of conducting sensitive plant surveys, rare plant identification and removal of noxious weeds across the hazardous fuel reduction projects (Rock Creek & Prather Medusa). Efforts conducted by the crew will support project objectives to reduce fire risk by reducing fuel loadings and improve forest health by taking actions to move the various condition categories from existing conditions to desired conditions consistent with the Stanislaus National Forest- Forest Plan.
Degree in botany, plant ecology, or a closely related field in the biological sciences, including coursework in plant taxonomy and/or systematics (transcripts may be requested); Experience conducting rare plant surveys and other botanical field work; Knowledge of the flora of the Eastern Sierra /Great Basin transition zone, preferred; Experience using technical keys to identify plants to the species or sub-species level; Experience working with hand-held GPS, maps and compass for field navigation and data collection; Skills related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Passion for noxious weed control is a plus; Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols; Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff; Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting; Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a forested and/or high desert environment in all seasons; 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; and 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 the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (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.
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