In cooperation with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting one Restoration & Visitor Services Research Associate to work cooperatively with SNWA staff to accomplish vegetation management and visitor services throughout the Warm Springs Natural Area.
The Research Associate (RA) with assist the Natural Area with its visitor services program by developing and presenting a variety of interpretive and recreation programs, as well as environmental education programs. This includes providing community members, visitors, and local constituents with information on park resources, conservation, and ecologically sound practices, as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect Natural Area resources. By staffing the Public Use Area, the RA will be there to provide interpretation to visitors, developing and conducting materials through research of scientific, historical, and technical resources. While supervising and coordinating the volunteer program, the RA will recruit volunteers, train, and conduct project coordination and recognition. Additionally, the RA will conduct outreach by participating in outreach events and conducting special events. Light custodial and maintenance duties will be assigned in order to maintain clean and safe visitor facilities.
Non-native species can cause irreparable damage to the ecological balance of plants, animals, soil, and water. They alter natural resources by forming monocultures, changing fire regimes, and decreasing water availability for native plants and animals. Weed control, through the Invasive Plant Management Program, is needed to avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts on the Warm Springs Natural Area’s resources. Additionally, the RA will assist with trail maintenance and repair, irrigation checks, and collecting data to maintain documentation of activities. The RA will also support the nursery and propagation program by potting plants, weeding pots, watering plants, collecting seeds, and re-vegetation of restoration sites.
Other opportunities to assist with other projects will be provided, included supporting the Bird Monitoring Program and snorkel surveys of native fish populations. The applicant must be able to tolerate working in hot, dry, often dusty conditions, hike long distances over rocky or uneven terrain, and carry a backpack sprayer (approximately 35 pounds). The position requires working with herbicides and other potentially hazardous materials.
o Beginning October/November 2017
o 36 week position
o Full time, 40 hours per week; weekend hours will be required; overtime maybe required
o Health Insurance
Located approximately sixty miles northwest of Las Vegas, the Warm Springs Natural Area (near Moapa, Nevada) contains more than two dozen springs, which form the headwaters of the Muddy River. The 1,220-acre property provides habitat for 28 listed and sensitive species. For a number of years prior to the Southern Nevada Water Authority's (SNWA) involvement, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service considered this property a top priority in Southern Nevada for acquisition and protection. It is now a nature conservancy and publicly accessible nature area with trails and exhibits.
o A Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences (e.g., biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a related field and/or commensurate field experience);
o Experience developing and implementing environmental education and outreach programs and curricula;
o Experience conducting interpretation, highly desirable;
o Experience living or working in, and/or knowledge of Mojave Desert (preferable) or desert ecosystems and natural/cultural resources, desirable;
o Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented and capable of working with little direct supervision and changing priorities, highly desirable;
o Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
o Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums;
o Plant identification skills and previous experience in invasive plant management and/or restoration ecology, desirable;
o Ability to obtain a Nevada pesticide applicator’s license and willingness to work with herbicides and other chemicals;
o Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and/or navigation, along with basic computer skills;
o Ability to identify and survey for western bird species, desirable;
o Knowledge and experience operating 4WD trucks, tractors, and Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs), desirable; or at a minimum, must be able to obtain UTV certification after training;
o Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
o Comfortable with flexible weekly schedules as it may change in response to project needs, including a willingness to sometimes work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights);
o Experience using small engines such as generators, chain saws, and augers;
o Experience using and manipulating data in GIS and/or database programs;
o Prior experience working collaboratively in a multi-agency environment;
o 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;
o Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred; and
o Ability to pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.
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