Ecological Monitoring Technicians

Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition
Ely, NV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Last Date to Apply
The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC) is hiring two (2) ecological monitoring field technicians to conduct monitoring activities on US Forest Service managed lands on the Ely Ranger District. This project is funded through a Cooperative Agreement between the Forest Service and the ENLC. The positions will begin in late April and continue into late August or September with potential opportunities to work beyond. The positions will be based out of our headquarters in Ely, NV, while the fieldwork will take place in the Grant-Quinn, White Pine, Snake, and Schell Creek mountain ranges of eastern Nevada. ECOLOGICAL MONITORING FIELD TECHNICIAN DUTIES: ·Hike up to 10 miles a day to remote plot locations in a myriad of conditions including: heat, cold, rain, sleet, and snow ·Collect ecological data using several methods including: Line Point Intercept, Line Intercept, Nested Frequency, and Percent Cover ·Drive large, high clearance 4x4 trucks to plots using remote, two track roads in mountainous and variable terrain ·Navigate to plots using hand held GPS receivers ·Identify Great Basin plants to the species level using dichotomous keys and field guides ·Ability to work and camp 8 consecutive 10-hour days in field conditions that are highly variable ·Maintain safe and effective working habits including situational awareness and sound judgement SALARY: $18/hour (plus $40/day per diem when camping) SCHEDULE: This position‘s schedule is eight 10-hour days on, followed by 6 days off. This is due to the remote nature of the plots to be monitored. While in the field, the crew will truck camp in remote locations. Housing is not provided, although due to the 8-on, 6-off schedule, most crews travel during their off days. ABOUT ENLC: The ENLC is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to restoring the dynamic, diverse, resilient landscapes of the arid and semi-arid West for present and future generations. It accomplishes this through education, research, advocacy, partnerships, and the implementation of on-the-ground projects. Through cooperative agreements, grants, contracts, and memberships, ENLC works diligently with its partners to restore these fragile, yet resilient, ecosystems. ABOUT THE AREA: Nestled in the heart of eastern Nevada’s Great Basin, ENLC is headquartered in Ely, NV. While the area is remote and sparsely populated, eastern Nevada has incredible outdoor recreation opportunities for the adventurous, including over 700,000 acres of Designated Wilderness. Hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, disc golfing, fishing and hunting are a small sampling of the area’s outdoor activities. Over 90% of the county is publicly owned. This includes lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and the National Park Service. Great Basin National Park is an hour from Ely, providing spectacular hikes, vistas, and camping retreats from 6,200 to 13,159ft, the summit of Mt. Wheeler (the tallest peak in the area). No matter your preferred outdoor activity, eastern Nevada has something for everyone.
Qualifications: ·Bachelor’s degree in botany, ecology, natural resources, environmental science or a related field ·Knowledge and experience using ecological/vegetation sampling methods ·4x4 Driving proficiency and a clean driving record for the past 3 years ·Familiarity with the flora of the Great Basin, plant taxonomy, or a desire to learn ·Backcountry camping experience HOW TO APPLY: Please read carefully!! Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references to Greg Gust at Please write “Ecological Monitoring Technician” in the email subject line. Deadline for applications is February 3rd, but the applicant review and interview process will begin immediately. Visit for more information or contact Greg if you have questions.
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