Ecological and Botanical Survey Crews in Carlsbad; New Mexico

Southwest Conservation Corps
Carlsbad, NM
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$600 - $805/week DOE
Last Date to Apply
Position Titles:  Crew Lead (~52-week term) and Crew Member (24-week terms) Crew Lead Program Dates: exact dates TBD - summer 2022 to summer 2023 Crew Member Program Dates: July 11th – December 22nd, 2022 HIGHLY PREFERRED THAT INCUMBENTS START CONTRACTS ON STATED START DATES. FOR THE RIGHT CANDIDATE, WE WILL CONSIDER A LATER START DATE. Crew Member Living Stipend:   $600-640/week DOE (+60/week cost of living adjustment in Carlsbad) Crew Member Benefits:  Paid attendance to training including Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Recertification (or reimbursement if course was paid personally and taken after July 2021); Uniform shirts; $15/day food allowance if camping; AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,247.50 or $2,417.14 depending on term length and upon satisfactory completion of term Crew Lead Salary: $725-$805/week DOE Crew Lead Benefits: Paid attendance to training including Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Recertification (or reimbursement if course was paid personally and taken after July 2021); Uniform shirts; $15/day food allowance if camping; Health benefits package that comes into effect on the 1st of a calendar month after the first 60 days; Paid days of personal leave Professional Benefits (both Lead and Members): Direct site supervision and mentorship in-house at BLM Field Office under BLM agency staff. Hiring benefit under the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. See below. Must be under age 31 upon issue of certificate. Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit Bureau of Land Management’s Mission The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Program Overview: Crew will conduct vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Terrestrial Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: Crew will consist of two crew members and one crew lead. Following a comprehensive training period, they will monitor land health (i.e., soil and vegetation) on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, burn scars, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology. Within all plots, the crew will identify vegetation to species, gather species density data using line-point intercept and gap measurements, measure soil stability, and describe the site and soil pits (50%). All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with tablets, later synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. The crew may have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, recreation, rare plant monitoring, or forestry (5%), contingent on availability. Crew will maintain and track botanical specimens of known and unknown species throughout the field season and keep records updated as needed. They will continuously learn the local flora and build botanical knowledge. The crews should be curious about the natural systems they encounter and have a passion to grow and share that curiosity and knowledge with fellow crew personnel. Crews are based out of BLM Field Office buildings, and will be under the direct mentorship and technical guidance of BLM staff personnel. This position uniquely provides the opportunity to develop relationships within and become familiar with the workings of the agency. Fieldwork will be in remote areas across a diversity of ecotypes. Crew will be required to drive a company or government vehicle to several different areas of the Field or District Office and hike several miles per day carrying equipment (25%) throughout a “four on, three off" structure of a work week (colloquially, a “hitch”). They will return to the office for equipment and data management, unknown plant identification, hitch debrief and further field work planning (20%). Crew will camp for a total of 8-20 days throughout the whole field season. Most of the days will be "day trips", returning to the Carlsbad Field Office at the end of the day. A level of flexibility and long hours are necessary for success in this position.
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Cassandra Owen
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