Early Detection/Rapid Response Invasive Plant Management Crew Leader: California

Agency
Great Basin Institute / National Park Service
Location
Yosemite, CA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$20.00/hour
Start Date
05/24/2021
Last Date to Apply
05/24/2021
Website
https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/careers.aspx?rf=PD&req=2019-RAP-095
Description
In cooperation with the National Park Service Yosemite National Park (YOSE), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Early Detection/Rapid Response Invasive Plant Management Crew Leader. The central focus of this position is early detection surveys and rapid response treatments to invasive plants in areas impacted by the 2019 Ferguson Fire and the 2017 South Fork and Empire Fires, as well as other locations throughout the Park. Based at either the Park’s El Portal (spring/fall) or Wawona (summer) administrative office, the Crew Lead will oversee the field activities of 1-3 NPS biological science technicians and is responsible for helping to train the seasonal field crew, independently leading the crew to implement field work, regularly communicating with the YOSE project manager(s) on logistics, achievements, and setbacks, as well as coordinating administrative tasks and logistics with GBI staff. Primary duties of the Crew Leader include: • Correctly identifying, and training others to identify, plants to the species level by sight and using dichotomous keys and other tools. • Collecting, and training others to collect, geographic and plant population data using Collector for ArcGIS on a GPS-enabled mobile device. • Managing and conducting quality assurance and quality control of data in GIS. • Determining application rates, mixing, keeping records of, and applying chemical herbicides, as well as ensuring safe mixing and application by field crew. • Strictly following all applicable federal, state, and park laws, regulations, and policies especially regarding mixing and applying herbicide. Training and guidance provided by the NPS project manager holding a CA State Qualified Applicator’s Certificate. • Overnight travel (backpacking or car camping) will be necessary 1-3 times and typically will not exceed four consecutive days. Qualifications: o Bachelor’s degree in botany or related discipline. Applicants with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply; o Experience identifying plants to the species level using dichotomous keys: Strong botany skills are required to ensure proper identification of new and/or previously unknown populations of many invasive plant species on a landscape level; o Experience performing field work, and applying survey protocols for collecting field data and conducting early detection assessments; o Proven experience identifying and removing invasive weeds, including mixing and applying herbicides (State Qualified Applicator’s License or Certificate desirable but not required). o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience including co-workers, agency/GBI personnel, and the public; o Prior experience as a crew leader, directing the work of others (co-workers or volunteers), or other leadership position, preferred but not required; o Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation; o Experience using ArcGIS software, desirable but not required; o Willingness and ability to work safely, carry heavy loads (40-50 pounds), and lift, carry and use equipment in variable conditions, including in direct sun and heat; o Willingness to work a variable schedule, possibly including early mornings, some weekends, or holidays; and o Valid, state-issued driver’s license with a proven ability to safely operate a large work truck. This opportunity is ideal for an emerging professional who is eager to begin a career in civil service and/or gain additional experience in preparation for graduate school. The successful applicant will be provided an immersive experience that will afford them the chance to work on projects throughout YOSE, further enhance their leadership and project management skills, and enrich their knowledge base related to the resource management responsibilities of a federal land management agency. Compensation, Benefits, and Timeline: o 16-week initial appointment, starting in May; possibility of extension through December 2021 pending performance review and available funding. o Rate of Pay: $20.00/hour o Benefits: Fully paid health insurance premium (medical, dental, vision, prescription), paid federal holidays, paid personal and sick leave, enrollment in employer-matched retirement plan o Park housing option in Wawona for reasonable cost Location: Yosemite National Park is world renowned for its giant granite walls, waterfalls, sequoias, beautiful meadows and snowcapped mountains. The park encompasses nearly 750,000 acres of the central Sierra Nevada Mountains in California and is 94% designated wilderness. The elevation ranges from just under 2,000’ to just over 13,000’, and many ecosystems can be found within, including foothill chaparral, oak woodland, mixed conifer forest, subalpine meadows, and alpine fell fields. The park hosts over 1,500 plant taxa and many animals, including special status, threatened, and endangered species. Yosemite is one of the most sought after climbing and hiking destinations in the world. Many additional recreational opportunities abound including botanizing, birding, fishing, swimming, and skiing. Duty Station(s): El Portal and Wawona are both small, relatively isolated communities in Yosemite National Park with limited services. El Portal is located on the west side of the park along Highway 140. It is home to many park and park partner employees, and the main administrative and maintenance complex for the park. It has a gas station, small market, and nearby hotel and restaurant, but no other services. Mariposa, about 50 minutes away, has additional services including grocery and hardware stores, a hospital, and restaurants. Wawona is located on the south end of the park on Highway 41. It is near the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, is home to park employees and several park operations, as well as private inholdings with vacation rentals. It has a historic hotel, small market, and gas station. Additional services can be found in Oakhurst, about 40 minutes away. How to Apply: Please follow this link to apply directly through our online employment portal. https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/careers.aspx?rf=PD&req=2019-RAP-095 We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.
Qualifications
o Bachelor’s degree in botany or related discipline. Applicants with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply; o Experience identifying plants to the species level using dichotomous keys: Strong botany skills are required to ensure proper identification of new and/or previously unknown populations of many invasive plant species on a landscape level; o Experience performing field work, and applying survey protocols for collecting field data and conducting early detection assessments; o Proven experience identifying and removing invasive weeds, including mixing and applying herbicides (State Qualified Applicator’s License or Certificate desirable but not required). o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience including co-workers, agency/GBI personnel, and the public; o Prior experience as a crew leader, directing the work of others (co-workers or volunteers), or other leadership position, preferred but not required; o Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation; o Experience using ArcGIS software, desirable but not required; o Willingness and ability to work safely, carry heavy loads (40-50 pounds), and lift, carry and use equipment in variable conditions, including in direct sun and heat; o Willingness to work a variable schedule, possibly including early mornings, some weekends, or holidays; and o Valid, state-issued driver’s license with a proven ability to safely operate a large work truck. This opportunity is ideal for an emerging professional who is eager to begin a career in civil service and/or gain additional experience in preparation for graduate school. The successful applicant will be provided an immersive experience that will afford them the chance to work on projects throughout YOSE, further enhance their leadership and project management skills, and enrich their knowledge base related to the resource management responsibilities of a federal land management agency.
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