In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting seven (7) Botany Field Technicians to join our AmeriCorps program. The Technicians will work cooperatively as part of a larger team to support a variety of projects surveying sensitive and endemic floral species, as well as identifying larval host and nectar plants for butterflies of interest. The Technicians will work on a number of projects, including surveys for plant and animal species of interest to determine presence and minimize impacts to these species. Primary foci for surveys will include rare plants and butterfly habitat. Restoration and enhancement activities may include: identification and documentation of disturbed locations in sensitive habitats; collecting seed of local genotypes of native plant species; monitoring of past restoration projects and recommendations for sites not progressing as anticipated.
Collectively, the team is responsible for data collection, entry and analysis; report writing; project planning and mapping; and other tasks assigned by SMNRA resource biologists. Camping is required and may include both 4 days on (with 3 days off) and 8 days on (with 6 days off) in remote areas of the Spring Mountains. Opportunities to participate in training (e.g. GIS, Wilderness 1st Aid, off-road driving) during the season may be available.
The crew member must be able to work in difficult terrain that may include steep, rocky slopes, areas of dense trees, and lower elevation desert. Exposure to a variety of adverse weather conditions are likely with average day time temperatures above 100 degrees, night time temperature as low as 30, extreme sun exposure, and monsoonal rain events should all be expected. This work is physically demanding and requires long hours of off-trail hiking (up to 14 miles) while conducting surveys.
Compensation & Timeline:
Longer term appointments (2 Positions available)
o 14-week appointment (April 30 – August 4, 2018)
o $4666.50 Living Allowance
o $1,538.36 Education Award*
o Student loan forbearance*
o $15 field per diem
o $75 weekly Housing Stipend
The base of operations for this opportunity is north and west of Las Vegas, NV on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (Clark and Nye Counties, Nevada). Successful applicants will experience a tremendous diversity of habitat types from the Mojave Desert habitat surrounding the SMNRA. Many developed and undeveloped recreational opportunities are available in the region ranging from rock climbing and bouldering, to mountain biking, hiking, and fishing.
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o Coursework in or knowledge of plant taxonomy and ecology, including use of technical botanical keys (dichotomous plant key without pictures);
o Familiarity with plants of the area, including rare, sensitive, threatened and endangered, preferable;
o Experience conducting botanical field survey work;
o Experiencing collecting, preserving and mounting herbarium and voucher specimens;
o Experience working with hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and data collection;
o Knowledge of GIS software (highly desirable but not required); and
o Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project/grant reports.
o Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of time (e.g., hiking, bending and carrying equipment over steep terrain);
o Ability to complete a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to US Forest Service indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has been completed prior to beginning the position.
o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
o Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field;
o Ability to work productively both independently and as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
o Ability to communicate effectively with team members, agency staff, and a diverse public;
o Good organizational skills;
o Valid, state-issued driver’s license; clean driving record; and ability to safely operate a 4WD truck on paved and unpaved roads, including narrow, mountain forest roads; 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 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.