Plant and Pollinator Survey Crew Lead – Elko, NV

Great Basin Institute
Elko, NV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Last Date to Apply
The Great Basin Institute (GBI), in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and US Forest Service (USFS), is recruiting a Plant and Pollinator Survey Crew Lead to conduct special status plant surveys on public lands throughout northeastern Nevada. The three-person Plant and Pollinator Survey Crew, comprising one GBI crew lead (this position) and two GBI crew members, will perform this work in coordination with USFS and BLM specialists. At designated priority sites, the survey crew will map populations of special status plants using a GPS, collect herbarium specimens when necessary, capture and identify pollinators utilizing special status plants, and document basic habitat data for these populations. Summer field work will include 30-40 hours each week working remotely and camping on USFS and BLM lands in northeastern NV. Field work will include mapping surveys, pollinator surveys, and plant collections. Office work will include data management, drying plant specimens, and managing insect collections. The field season is anticipated to last from June-September. After September, crews will focus on herbarium work, including: mounting and labeling herbarium specimens, photographing specimens, and entering data into the Intermountain Biota database. Other data management duties will include using ArcGIS to create shapefiles of survey areas, processing Survey123 datapoints, managing survey data within established geodatabase, managing other data from throughout the season, and writing reports. Entomology work will include identifying insects to family or genus and mounting specimens. Field tours are expected to be 4 days (3 nights camping) or 8 days (7 nights camping) depending on project needs and weather conditions. Leadership responsibilities of this position include communication with agency and GBI staff, maintaining safety awareness and practices in the field, scheduling, logistics, and overseeing fidelity to methods and quality of outcomes.
Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in Botany, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or a closely related field; Knowledge of plant systematics and familiarity with plant terminology and the flora of the Great Basin ecoregion; Ability to use dichotomous keys and floras for unique plant ID; familiarity with keying difficult species is a plus; Experience collecting plants in the field, mounting plant specimens, and managing herbarium collections; Experience identifying insects to family or genus, mounting insect specimens, and managing collections Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units or tablets; Familiarity with the use of GIS technologies for managing and depicting spatial data; Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office settings; Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of field equipment and personal gear, and withstand the rigors of a high desert environment in all seasons; Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for multiple consecutive days; Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles; Experience leading field crews in the backcountry, including oversight of safety; communication, fidelity to methods, and quality of accomplishments; and Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFWS, BLM, and USFS.
Contact Person
Emily Daybell
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