Riparian Botanist: Nevada

University of Montana - EMMA Group
Elko, Nevada
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$16 - 19 DOE + $30 per diem for field days
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The University of Montana’s Ecological Mapping, Monitoring, and Analysis group (EMMA) is currently recruiting botanists to assist in implementing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, targeted at collecting standardized data on streams and riparian areas across BLM Districts in the western U.S. As part of a 3-person crew, the Riparian Botanist will work alongside two aquatic technicians to collect vegetation composition data along streams according to the BLM’s Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) protocol. Successful applicants will be trained in data collection methods by BLM and University of Montana ecologists and will spend the summer implementing those protocols in stream reaches throughout the project areas. Sites range from remote mountain streams rarely visited by people to well-used rangeland watercourses. Botanists should expect to encounter a wide diversity of species and to gain experience in several different biophysical environments. This position is field-based and requires primitive camping in isolated regions. Crews will typically work eight 10-hour days in a row, from Tuesday to Tuesday, followed by six-days off. We expect staff to commit to the entire field season and to contribute to maintaining a safe, productive and enjoyable work environment. Responsibilities - Collect data on riparian vegetation along wadeable stream reaches according to portions of the Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) protocol ( - Key all riparian vascular plants found along stream reaches to species while in the field. - Collect voucher specimens and track all unknown plant species encountered during the field season. - Enter data into excel spreadsheets using an iPad in the field. Manage and self-QC all data. To apply, please send CV and cover letter to Heidi Anderson at
- Coursework in botany, ecology, wetland science, natural resources management, or a related field. A completed B.S. degree preferred. - Field experience collecting vegetation data. - Ability to identify riparian graminoids, forbs, shrubs and trees to species using dichotomous keys preferred - Experience following established field protocols to conduct sampling and field data collection. - Experience with data entry and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel). - Demonstrated ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and to work independently as required. - Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field. - Willingness and ability to stay positive while working irregular hours in harsh environments and challenging weather, and to carry gear over uneven terrain. - Valid driver’s license. Experience driving 4x4 vehicles on rough roads preferred.
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Heidi Anderson
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