The Great Basin Institute (GBI) is working cooperatively with the National Park Service (NPS) at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (WHIS) to recruit (4) Vegetation Technicians to perform vegetation inventories of rare and invasive plants and to support vegetation management actions.
The GBI vegetation technician will conduct baseline inventories of rare, special status and invasive plants at WHIS. The crew season will run from early June through September, and field work will be scheduled to coincide with phenology of target species. The crew will work outdoors in a variety of environmental conditions (heat, cold, insects, etc.) and hike in steep terrain to access survey areas.
Field data will contribute to a multi-year dataset to track plant species distributions and is intended to guide management decisions in areas of potential resource impacts. The monitoring crew will assist the GBI crew leader and NPS staff with vegetation surveys and vegetation management activities. Training and support will be provided for all duties.
Specific duties include:
Be a productive member of the WHIS vegetation monitoring project;
Participate in preparing for the field season;
Properly identify vascular plant species and utilize dichotomous keys;
Estimate cover of vascular plants;
Collect and prepare voucher specimens of difficult taxa for later identification;
Collect, dead-and-down fuel data;
Assist with field data collection, data entry, and QA/QC;
Maintain field equipment and tools;
Assist with both manual and herbicide treatments of invasive plants under the training and supervision of park staff;
Participate in GBI or partner-sponsored training opportunities; and
Monitor site-specific conditions and report safety concerns to the crew lead.
General field duties include walking long distances over uneven terrain, off-trail, often in dense vegetation; navigating off-trail with map compass and GPS; collecting vegetation and fuels data using established procedures; ensuring the consistency of data quality during the field season; treating invasive vegetation; and maintaining safety awareness and practices.
The successful applicants must have strong communication skills (both verbal and written) and exhibit strong teamwork and organization skills. Office tasks are only about 5% of work but include data organization, processing and QA/QC; and compiling concise field notes. The weekly field schedule is intended to be four 10-hour days (generally Monday-Thursday) with occasional overnight camping expected. Changing conditions may also require flexibility in set schedules.
Undergraduate degree in botany, ecology, or a closely related field;
Coursework in plant taxonomy and/or systematics, botany, or forestry;
Ability to identify native and non-native plants of California and the Pacific Northwest;
Familiarity with ecological processes, and flora of California and the Pacific Northwest;
Experience in performing field work, and applying methodological protocols for collecting data;
Experience with data entry and data management;
Experience using hand-held GPS for navigation;
Experience with tablet data collection and experience with Collector or other databases;
Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience
Willingness to work long days (10 hours) and hike long distances in rugged terrain under variable weather conditions, including extreme heat; and
Ability to occasionally camp overnight in the backcountry.
Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
Experience operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, particularly with unimproved roads;
Possess a commitment to personal and team member safety, and communicate perceived safety threats immediately;
Ability to work independently to accomplish goals;
Ability to communicate effectively with team members, agency staff, and a diverse public;
Possess good organizational skills;
Possess a favorably adjudicated background clearance; and
Must be motivated, self-directed, organized, and detail oriented in order to balance multiple tasks simultaneously.