Botany Technician (Sierra NF)

The Great Basin Institute
North Fork, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS), Sierra National Forest, seeks 2-4 Botany Crew members to support vegetation health and monitoring projects. Work is across the Sierra National Forest, on the Bass Lake and High Sierra Ranger Districts. The primary focus of this position will be rare plant and invasive weed surveys and invasive plant control (mostly manual, possibly some herbicides). Crew members will serve with USFS Botany Staff and seasonal USFS hires to identify, locate, and map rare plants and invasive weeds in various parts of the forest. A priority for 2023 is Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) surveys for invasive plants in and near the 2022 Oak Fire area. Crew members will receive training in plant identification, especially for the specific rare plants and invasives on the Sierra NF; also in data collection methods, FS computer use, types of projects being planned, and safety. Much of our 2023 work is within the boundary of the 395,000 acre Creek Fire (2020). Working on the Sierra NF provides a great opportunity to learn about fire ecology and see firsthand how the vegetation is recovering and being managed post-fire. Job duties include, but are not limited to, the following: • Rare plant and invasive weed surveys for upcoming prescribed burns, roadside hazard tree removal, recreation special uses, range improvement repair and construction, and other projects. • Invasive plant early detection/rapid response (EDRR) surveys and treatments in the Oak Fire area and on dozer lines. Invasive weed treatments may be conducted manually, mechanically, and/or with the use of herbicides. • Mapping rare plants and invasive weeds using ArcGIS Online (AGOL) Field Maps on tablets, and syncing data each day • Enter and manage data using ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel and other software; write draft reports from field notes. • Invasive weed control and monitoring at various locations across the Forest where ongoing control is needed, not necessarily in sites where other projects are proposed. - Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost. - Housing provided. Most likely in barracks at the USFS compound in North Fork, which is walking distance from the ranger station office and local shops (and there is a swimming pool!). - Uniform reimbursement. - 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) 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. • Living Allowance: ~$1400 bi weekly living allowance + ~ $35 field per diem = Total of ~$1,680 bi weekly • Education Awards: o 900-hour term – $3,247.50 o 675-hour term – $2,474.27 Start and end dates may vary according to local conditions and individual projects: Tentatively May - October. Projects are weather dependent and there is always a chance the season will end earlier if weather prevents safe field operations.
At least one of the following required: 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; Six months of professional fieldwork experience. Other Required: 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) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement. 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; 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; 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. Comfortable with occasional camping in the field for remote assignments. ​ Preferred: Knowledge of the flora Sierra Nevada; Skills related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Comfortable with noxious weed control, including herbicides; Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols Ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads.
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Tara Weller
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