The Elko District has hundreds of riparian, aspen, and special status plant exclosures scattered throughout its boundaries, most of which require BLM maintenance. Due to a reduced workforce, many of these exclosures have been neglected and are in disrepair. Impact by cattle and material weathering contribute to this degradation. A seasonal maintenance crew is needed to monitor, reconstruct, repair and/or maintain these valuable land management tools. Along with monitoring the condition of these exclosures, crews will also be responsible for monitoring the important habitat they protect which includes identifying plants and wildlife. To address this management need, the Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the BLM, is recruiting two Exclosure Maintenance Crew Members to improve exclosures and survey the habitats within them. Exclosure Maintenance Crew Members will coordinate with agency staff and GBI personnel to access designated exclosures, perform condition assessments and maintenance, and gather habitat data according to specified protocols.
A three-person Exclosure Maintenance Crew, comprising one GBI crew lead and two crew members, will perform this work in coordination with the USFWS and BLM. This is principally a field-based position. The work schedule will generally be eight consecutive days on (Wednesday-Wednesday), followed by six consecutive days off (Thursday-Tuesday). Camping in remote sites during field tours will be required through much of the field season to minimize travel time. Office-work before and after field tours will include maintenance of equipment and supplies, data management, planning, and communication.
- 24-week appointment: 17 May – 22 October 2021 (anticipated)
- Full time (40 hours/week); overtime (paid at 1.5x regular hours) during some weeks, depending on field sampling needs
This work will be based out of the BLM District Office in Elko, Nevada. The Elko District encompasses 12.5 million acres and has topography typical of the Great Basin with broad valleys separated by mountain ranges. Elevations range from 4,000 to over 10,000 feet. The city of Elko (pop. 21,000) is located along the I-80 corridor and is approximately 230 miles west of Salt Lake City, UT and 290 miles east of Reno, NV. Recreation opportunities, including hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing, abound in this region.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Wage: $14.00/hour
- Camping Per Diem: $15.00
- Housing Stipend: $75/week
- Health insurance coverage provided at no cost to you
- Paid holidays
- Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management, or related field, OR field experience in applicable maintenance and survey techniques for riparian habitat monitoring
- Knowledge of the Great Basin ecoregion of eastern Nevada, including common plants, riparian vegetation, wildlife, and/or hydrology/geology/topography;
- Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
- Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units;
- Proficiency using a compass and topographic map to navigate;
- 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 work overtime hours as needed during the field season;
- Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for multiple consecutive days;
- Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles; 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 and BLM.
- Ability to operate fence building and general maintenance equipment including fence stretchers, post pounders, fencing plyers, etc.