Riparian Botanists – Nevada, Wyoming

Agency
University of Montana, O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West
Location
Nevada, Wyoming
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$14-$18 DOE
Start Date
04/26/2021
Last Date to Apply
01/15/2021
Description
The University of Montana’s Ecological Mapping, Monitoring, and Analysis Lab (EMMA)is currently recruiting RIPARIAN BOTANISTS I and II for the 2021 field season. We will again partner with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to implement their Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized data from streams across BLM Districts in the western U.S. The Riparian Botanist works with a two-person Aquatic Team, collecting vegetation composition data along the stream greenline. 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. All positions are field-based and require primitive camping in isolated regions. Crews will typically work eight 10-hour days, from Tuesday to Tuesday, with a six-day break between hitches. We expect staff to commit to the entire field season and contribute to building a safe, productive and enjoyable work environment. Work will focus on wadeable streams and rivers in Nevada (crews based in Elko and Carson City) and Wyoming (crews based in Cody and Kemmerer).
Qualifications
BOTH POSITIONS REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING: • Experience following established field protocols to conduct sampling and field data collection; • Experience with data entry and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access); • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record (DUI or other serious convictions need not apply); • Demonstrated ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and to work independently as required; • Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field;• Willingness to work irregular hours in harsh environments and challenging weather, and carry gear over uneven terrain; RIPARIAN BOTANIST I: • A Bachelor’s Degree in Botany, Ecology, Wetland Ecology or closely related subject. Coursework in Botany, Plant Taxonomy and/or Systematics. Herbarium experience may substitute for coursework; • A minimum of one season of field work that included botany work in wetland or riparian habitats; • Ability to identify riparian graminoids, forbs, shrubs and trees to species using dichotomous keys; • Good familiarity with commonly accepted plant nomenclature. RIPARIAN BOTANIST II • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Botany, Ecology, Wetland Ecology or closely related subject; • Coursework in Botany, Plant Taxonomy and/or Systematics with additional training in wetland/riparian plant identification. Herbarium experience may substitutefor coursework; • A minimum of two seasons of botany field work, preferably in wetland or riparian habitats; • Ability to identify riparian graminoids, forbs, shrubs and trees to species using dichotomous keys; • Familiarity with plants of the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain West or Intermountain West; • Ability to identify riparian graminoids, forbs, shrubs and trees to species using dichotomous keys; • Good familiarity with commonly accepted plant nomenclature; • Ability to prepare herbarium and/or voucher specimens desired. TO APPLY: Please submit letter of interest, CV, and three (3) professional references to Heidi Anderson (heidi.anderson@mso.umt.edu). Please mention your location preference (NV, WY). The subject line should read: 2021 Aquatic AIM Application.
Contact Person
Heidi Anderson
Contact eMail
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