The Great Basin Institute
Elko, Nevada
Job Category
Research (Researcher)
$28/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate. Camping Per Diem: $15/night. Uniform Stipend: $150.
Last Date to Apply
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service’s Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, is recruiting two Botany Crew Leads to perform and manage vegetation surveys in the Ruby Mountains near Elko, Nevada. Surveys support NEPA requirements for permitting forest health projects currently under consideration in the region. Data informs mitigation measures to protect targeted plant species, while assessing potential distribution and prevalence of invasive species. Work supports stewardship of vegetative communities that serve as habitat for sensitive wildlife. Botany crew leads assist agency staff and GBI resource specialists in conducting botanical surveys to establish distributional occurrences of targeted species and populations in and around designated project sites and access routes. Crew leads will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, including the coordination of daily field tasks, assist in training of survey methods, data management, and reporting deliverables. Crew Leads communicate closely with agency staff to plan and assess survey data capture and establish crew productivity rates for achieving target acreage, while coordinating with GBI program staff to ensure all logistical and administrative requirements are met. Specific duties: 1) botanical surveys to determine species identity, population characteristics, environmental conditions, factors affecting vigor and extent of species and their habitat; 2) lay out and mapping of monitoring plots; 3) photograph and/or collect specimens; 4) record, enter and summarize data; and 5) use botanical keys to identify plants for accuracy of reporting deliverables.
• Degree in botany, plant ecology, or a closely related field in the biological sciences, including coursework in plant taxonomy and/or systematics (by position start date) AND one year of botany related field work as well as three years of professional fieldwork experience. • Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff; • Experience leading crews in the field, including oversight of crew safety, communication, fidelity to data methods and data quality; • Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols; • Proficiency in navigation using GPS, topographic map and compass; • Experience conducting rare plant surveys and other botanical field work using technical keys to identify plants to the species or subspecies level; • Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions, including occasional overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights; • Advanced communication skills for diverse audiences, both technical, written and oral; • 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. • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license and have the ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads. Preferred Qualifications: • Familiarity with and interest in resource management issues of western states and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion; • Knowledge of the flora of the Eastern Nevada /Great Basin region; • Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, Avanza and Google Earth.
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