Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS), Sierra National Forest, seeks two (2) Rangeland Technicians to support rangeland vegetation health and monitoring projects. Work is across the Sierra National Forest, on both the Bass Lake and the High Sierra Ranger Districts.
The primary focus of these positions will be to provide technical support in the management of rangeland resources working under the mentoring and direction of the District Rangeland Management Specialists. The purpose of the work will be to participate in range capacity studies such as allotment analysis and production utilization in a post fire landscape for future planning to authorize livestock grazing.
Skills and experience or willingness to learn for what we are looking for:
Ability to install and read transects, clipping cages, and other instruments for gathering data in range and wildlife management and conduct livestock grazing allotment inspections.
Knowledge of rangeland vegetation types and mapping to map out and delineate essential allotment boundaries, range improvements and allotment analysis data such as range types, suitability, plant encroachment, invasive species, forage utilization, condition and trend.
Knowledge of California rangeland vegetation types is helpful but not required.
Experience with conducting forage utilization monitoring, streambank alteration measurements and livestock disturbance and inspection of and construction of range improvements.
Duties associated with this position:
Livestock grazing allotment inspections including range readiness measurements, range forage production and utilization monitoring and structural range improvement inspections (e.g. corral, fences, spring development for required maintenance needs)
Invasive/noxious weed mapping and removal (e.g. manual hand pulling).
Observe and note occurrence and distribution of wildlife populations and assists in the integration and coordination of wildlife needs in livestock management use and other Forest resources.
Conduct field work for proposals for range and wildlife habitat improvement work.
Crew members will collect data and monitor both the short- and long-range plans for compliance to ensure they are being implemented on the ground.
The incumbent performs a wide variety of assignments in the range management functions. These assignments include the collection of a wide range of data and preparing maps on field conditions. Mapping experience using GPS, ArcGIS Online (AGOL) and Field Maps is helpful.
Enter and manage data using ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel and other software; write draft reports from field notes.
The crew member identifies, plans, and carries out the work to be done independently in accordance with instructions, policies, and established plans.
Some office work is required; however, the majority of the work is in the field and involves walking over rough terrain and driving on hazardous roads.
May 22 to October / November 2023 depending on weather.
40 hours/ week.
North Fork, CA:
The Duty Station is the Bass Lake Ranger District Office, located in North Fork, CA, approximately 1 hours’ drive north & northeast of Fresno. The district is adjacent to Yosemite National Park. Oakhurst is a 30 minute drive from North Fork, and has 2 major grocery stores, 2 drug stores, 2 hardware stores, a cinema, and many hotels serving tourists heading to Yosemite. Smaller foothill communities in and bordering the district are Mariposa, Fish Camp, Midpines, Ahwahnee, and Coarsegold. Oakhurst, and North Fork, which is the location of the District Office. A range of housing, schools, churches, retail, and other services are available in and around these communities.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost.
- Housing provided.
- Uniform reimbursement.
- Crew Members in these AmeriCorps positions will receive a living allowance, the value of which is dependent on the length of service. The living allowance is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The allowance is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service, members become eligible for an education award (the amount is dependent on the length of service) The award may be used for past, present, or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition.
• Living Allowance: Approx. $ 1,400 biweekly plus a weekly field Per Diem
• Education Awards:
o 900-hour term – $3,247.50
o 675-hour term – $2,474.27
- Student Loan Forbearance: If you are currently paying on any federal student loans, you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, allowing you to cease payments while in service.
- Interest Accrual Repayment: As an AmeriCorps alumnus, you will be eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible for this service, the loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.
Please use The Great Basin Institute website to apply for the position: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/Careers.aspx?req=2023-BRF-008&type=JOBDESCR
Applicant should have a B.S. degree in range management, plant ecology, plant biology, botany, or other natural resource-related field with an emphasis on plants, AND/OR demonstrate a history of relevant experience;
Knowledge and experience in a wide variety of interrelated range management skills to assess and report on range condition, improvement and maintenance needs is highly desired;
Experience or knowledge of range improvement structures and their construction and maintenance. Experience using hand and power tools is a plus;
Knowledge of aerial photo interpretation for mapping and ground assessment and data analysis;
Ability to install and read transects, clipping cages, and other instruments for gathering range data. Field data collection experience is strongly preferred;
Familiarity with forage utilization measurements and Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) streambank alteration protocols is appreciated;
Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols;
Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner as instructed by the USFS that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff;
Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
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 setting;
Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of Sierra Nevada foothills, forested and/or subalpine environments in all seasons;
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 USFS; 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 the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (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) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.