Native Seed Technician – Nevada

Great Basin Institute
Reno, NV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Living Allowance: $12,350 (approx. $950 biweekly). Per Diem: $34/day. Education Award: $3,097.50.
Last Date to Apply
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and Humbodlt-Toiyabe National Forest is recruiting four (4) Native Seed Technicians to join our AmeriCorps program to conduct seed collecting and ecological restoration activities throughout the Great Basin on Department of Interior (DOI) and Forest Service (USFS) lands. Primary Responsibilities: • Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program; • GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features using tablets, handheld devices, ArcGIS Online, ArcMap, and ArcCollector; • Monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times; • Collecting seed from plant populations for both restoration and conservation collections and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol; • Processing and shipping seed; • Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping as necessary. • Collecting tissue samples for genetic analysis and processing and shipping; • Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities; • Photographing collection sites and plants; • Maintenance and regular inventory of field gear; • Daily and monthly vehicle checks, driving up to 5 hours a day; • Assisting with the coordination of conservation crew work; • Assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events; • Provide support for arid land restoration projects; • Monitoring and maintenance of reciprocal transplant study plots; • Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects. Related Responsibilities: • Participate in trainings provided by US Fish & Wildlife, USFS staff, and community partners; • Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis; • Participate in required national service days; and • Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings. Physical Demands: Field work involves driving GBI, FWS, or Forest Service trucks on both highways and 4WD roads, often for 100+ miles per day as well as hiking off designated trails or routes, across rugged terrain, up to 5 miles per day, but more typically 0-1 mile per day. Seed collection requires regular stooping, standing and maneuvering on uneven terrain for many hours a day. Weather conditions will vary from cold winds or rain in the early spring to temperatures over 100F in the summer. The use of global positioning systems (handheld GPS units), computers, PDAs, digital cameras, and on- and off-road vehicles are an essential part of the job. Camping under primitive conditions at remote locations on data collection trips will often be required. Schedules are often determined by plant phenology. Incumbents must also be willing to spend days at a time working at a computer during periods of data entry and analysis. • Lift up to 50-70 pounds of material or equipment • Bend, lift, pull, and push • Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time • Drive for many hours a day on highways and 4WD roads. • Handle plant material for many hours a day. • Walk and stand for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment • Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season) • Occasionally work 10+ hour days • Travel and camp overnight & up to 8 days at a time for project work ​
Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, ecology, plant science, or related field; • Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with plants of the Great Basin; • Work independently or in pairs with little supervision, strong initiative and high attention to detail; • Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work as part of a tight knit team. Most often crews will be two people, which requires interns to co-lead with their co-intern, take initiative, and behave in a manner that promotes team integrity; • Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation; • Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass; • Understanding and/or experience using ArcGIS Pro 2.0 software, ArcCollector, and Survey 123, helpful; • Willingness and ability to work in harsh, ever-changing desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team; • Ability to bend and stoop for long periods of time while collecting seed, and to use hand tools, and occasionally lift buckets of water and other heavy loads; • Ability to work a non-standard schedule, such as beginning at 5 am, to avoid heat-related issues, to follow plant phenology, or for coordination with team members. • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; • Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days, up to 8 days; • Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road; • Experience operating All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) on difficult terrain helpful; and Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement. HOW TO APPLY: To learn more and apply, please follow the link below:
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