Restoration and Volunteer Coordinator

The Great Basin Institute with NPS
Mojave National Preserve
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Description: In cooperation with the National Park Service Mojave National Preserve, the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting for an experienced Restoration and Volunteer Coordinator to work cooperatively with National Park Service staff to conduct surveys of springs, document disturbances from wildlife, particularly burros, and to coordinate volunteer efforts to restore these habitats within the Preserve. The position requires a highly skilled wildlife biologist to help with the survey, documentation, and management of the Preserve’s native and feral animals. Analysis of data to enable ground-truthing of closure boundaries with GPS unit and GIS information will also be required. The Coordinator will also be responsible for volunteer program administration, event management, and community outreach/ recruitment. More specifically, the Restoration and Volunteer Coordinator will engage in tasks including: Field monitoring using basic equipment and standard techniques for measuring vegetation response, hydrological condition, and other ecological indicators; Independently conduct field work in the Mojave Desert throughout all seasons; Treat exotic plants with mechanical techniques such as pulling, and coordinate herbicide treatments by certified applicators; Repair fences, barriers, gates, and signs using construction tools such as post hole diggers, shovels, digging bars, a generator, electric drills and other hand tools; Coordinate with volunteer groups, and oversee restoration work with volunteer teams and Conservation Corps teams to restore riparian and upland wildlife habitat; Train, supervise, schedule, coach, and recognize volunteers, ensuring that volunteers are safe and knowledgeable about natural and cultural history; Support the planning, designing, and logistics for restoration projects; Data processing, including GIS work; Gather data, and prepare and submit reports; Drive through rugged terrain using 4WD vehicles; Work with a variety of specialists from different agencies in order to assist with the completion of projects; Other restoration activities will be assigned as needed; and Participate in GBI and NPS training opportunities. Additionally, opportunities will be provided to participate in other resource science and stewardship projects. Compensation and Timeline: Rate of Pay: $19.75/hour March 1, 2019 – August 16, 2019 Full time, 40 hours per week (overtime and/or weekend hours may be required occasionally) Location: Mojave National Preserve (MOJA) is 1.6 million acres, with about 44% of it designated as Wilderness. While most of MOJA is made up of the Mojave Desert, components of the Great Basin desert are found in higher elevations and parts of the southern portion of the park are made up of the Sonoran desert. Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered species habitat, big game habitats, abandoned mine lands, and historic and prehistoric cultural sites.
Qualifications: Technical requirements: Bachelor’s degree and/or natural resource management, environmental science or related field; Experience conducting ecological field work, preferably related to botany, and capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner; Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols, such as standard rangeland monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations; Willingness to perform physical labor, including but not limited to, manual removal of non-native vegetation, and planting of native vegetation; Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and/or data collection; Experience conducting and/or overseeing restoration projects; Ability to effectively and efficiently conduct volunteer program development, program promotion, interpretation, and media development; Experience in event coordination and promotion; Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with the public, coworkers, and Technical Advisors both orally and in writing, and respond in a professional manner to inquiries from the public regarding work activities; Motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter that has the flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities and possesses strong organizational skills; Ability to work in all types of weather and terrain in the harsh Mojave Desert environment; and Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office environment. Desired, but not required: Knowledge of the Mojave region, including common plants, wildlife, and/or geology/topography; Experience using small engines such as generators, chain saws, and augers; Experience operating heavy equipment including, but not limited to a front-end loader or Bobcat – CDL preferable, but not required; Experience using and manipulating data in GIS and/or database programs; Prior experience working collaboratively in a multi-agency environment; Ability to guide, engage and motivate volunteer groups (e.g.: school groups, homeowners associations, “Friends” groups); Experience recruiting, scheduling, coordinating, training, and coaching volunteers; and Ability to speak English and Spanish conversationally. Additional qualifications: Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field; Willingness to sometimes work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights); Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a mountain and/or desert environment in all seasons; Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred; and Ability to pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks. Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
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Sage Bates
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