Crew members will work with the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Seeds of Success (SOS) team, operated by Conservation Corps New Mexico. Crews will be based out of the BLM state office in Santa Fe, NM. The crew will collect seeds from native species in remote areas on BLM and Forest Service lands across NM, following SOS protocols. The crew will collaborate with other regional crews to make seed collections. Crew members will receive training from the Crew Leader and will participate in a regional seed collection training with local botany experts. Crews will be required to drive to different areas throughout New Mexico, camp overnight, potentially hike several miles a day, and regularly return to the office for equipment and data management. This position involves significant driving relative to other types of field work. Crew members must be prepared for long days driving and scouting from a truck. Safety is a prerequisite, particularly where industry development (energy extraction, e.g. Natural gas) is occurring and during hunting season, and will guide how fieldwork is conducted.
Seed collected by BLM is saved in short- and long-term storage to support development of plant materials for land restoration purposes by BLM and other entities. Crew members will assist the Crew Leader with data management including database input, record filing and seed processing. The New Mexico BLM SOS program collaborates closely with the Southwest Seed Partnership, so exposure to regular restoration planning meetings related to ongoing seed collection efforts will complement other work.
Specific duties will include selecting and locating populations of plant species based on the established SOS protocol and locally developed target species lists. Crew members will work with the Crew Leader to locate populations of targeted species, monitor phenology of the population, collect botanical voucher specimens, assess seed quantity and quality prior to seed collection, collect seed, record site data, prepare documentation, and ship collected seed to the Bend Seed Extractory for cleaning and short term storage. The ability to identify plants both in the field and in the office via dichotomous keys is an important function of the position. However, help with plant ID will be provided and IDs will be reviewed. Crew members will use ArcGIS tablet applications (i.e. ArcCollector) to locate and document collections. Use of 4-wheel drive vehicles in rugged off highway situations is expected. Familiarity with this equipment is highly desirable, but training will be provided where needed.
While Seeds of Success is the primary focus, the crew will also assist with other plant conservation program projects during the summer. Projects may include rare plant monitoring, pollinator monitoring, and native plant restoration. When, or if available, crew members may participate in local BLM sponsored training sessions, outside symposia, and coordination meetings.
Eligible to accept a 900-hour service term with Americorps.
Between the ages of 21 and 30 years upon enrollment.
S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including:
A Social Security card.
A Birth Certificate & government issued photo ID OR a valid passport.
Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon enrollment.
Valid US driver's license and driving record in good standing.
Experience with, and knowledge of, Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after initial training period; must be capable of performing well in an office setting, as well as the field.
Experience and willingness to spend multiple days (1-8 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.
Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods of time.
Current, or ability to obtain CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates.
Ability to pass Conservation Legacy's Criminal History Check and Department of Interior Background Check.
1 to 2 years of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
Familiarity with New Mexico flora in general and Flora Neomexicana III is preferred.
Experience with Floras from adjacent states to New Mexico.
Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity.
Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others.
Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills.
Experience with ArcGIS tablet applications and basic troubleshooting (Collector and Survey 123).
Experience with ArcGIS Online interface.
Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps.
Experience collecting, managing and summarizing data for plant and/or animal monitoring programs.
Experience performing quality assurance, quality control, and data analysis using Microsoft Excel and R.