In cooperation with the National Park Service at Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Damage Mitigation Technician Research Associate to lead off-highway vehicle (OHV) incursion, graffiti, illegal camp fire, and other damage mitigation efforts. The Technician will work with park staff to develop strategies to prevent illegal vehicle incursions throughout the Park and will implement treatments to repair and prevent incursions. The Technician will reclaim areas damaged by OHV and other vehicles traveling off roads through construction and maintenance of barricades, installation of signage, installation of vertical and horizontal mulch, raking out tracks, and other methods. The Technician will survey for and inventory incursion tracks, illegal fire rings, and graffiti using Arc Collector or Field Maps. The Technician will collaborate with Park Law Enforcement to assess the value of damaged vegetation, as well as the cost of labor and materials to reclaim damaged areas and prepare reports documenting the assessed value of damages. The Technician will be responsible for maintaining and updating a geodatabase of incursion locations, treatments, and treatment effectiveness. The Technician will train and lead groups of volunteers that assist with monitoring and reclaiming OHV incursions. The Technician may, contingent upon funding, direct the work of a field crew, including hiring, training, supervision, planning and scheduling field work, leading the crew in implementing treatments, and assuring conformance to safety policies. The Technician will provide training for park staff and volunteers on best management practices for reducing vehicle incursions and reclaiming damaged areas. The Technician must be capable of hiking long distances in a desert environment, including steep, rocky terrain. Field work may require outdoor work in cold, windy, very warm (100+ degrees F) and occasionally rainy conditions.
As part of the Vegetation Branch Team, the Technician may also assist park staff with vegetation monitoring, invasive plant control including Early Detection Rapid Response, fuel break maintenance using herbicide, and native plant restoration projects. Monitoring could include but is not limited to collecting plant cover, height, frequency, density, and population demography data, including identification to genus-species-variety level. Invasive plant control could involve but is not limited to manual (hand pulling, clipping) and chemical (herbicide) treatments. Restoration projects could include but are not limited to digging holes by hand or using augers to plant seeds and container-grown plants, constructing wire cages around plants, and watering plants for an extended period.
o 6-month appointment beginning November 2022, or pending availability and completion of DOI Background Investigation
o Full time, 40 hours per week, possibly including some weekends; potential to extend to one year or more pending available funding and positive performance review
Compensation and Benefits:
o $19.00 to $22.50 per hour depending on experience
o Fully covered Health, Vision and Dental Benefits
o Field per diem for camping
o Paid leave and holidays
o Bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resources, restoration ecology, environmental science or related discipline;
o Experience in performing field work, and applying methodological protocols for collecting field data;
o Ability to identify native and non-native plants to genus, species, and, when applicable, variety level using botanical dichotomous keys
o Demonstrated experience managing logistics for work crews and volunteers;
o Experience using hand and power tools such as hammers, fencing pliers, rakes, shovels, hand and chain saws, hammer drill, and auger to construct barriers;
o Knowledge of California desert invasive plants and control techniques;
o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
o Experience using tablets or similar devices for data collection and navigation;
o Experience using ArcGIS software, including ArcMap and Collector;
o Willingness and ability to work outdoors, hike long distances (up to 15 miles round trip) carrying 40-50 pounds, and lift, carry and use equipment in harsh, variable desert conditions, including in extreme heat;
o Willingness to work a variable schedule, possibly including some weekends;
o Willingness and ability to work alone in remote backcountry locations
o Valid, state-issued driver’s license and experience with driving 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads in remote locations, and pulling trailers;
o Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
Please submit your application (resume and cover letter) directly to the provided link.