Native Seed Collection Crew Lead
Position Background: The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition seeks a Crew Lead to conduct native seed collection as part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Seeds of Success (SOS) program. The position will be based in Ely, Nevada and occur throughout the Great Basin portion of the Ely BLM District. The project is a collaboration with the Nevada State BLM, Great Basin Native Plant Project, and other partners. Primary responsibilities include: identifying, scouting, and collecting native seed from target species populations, personnel management of two crew members, following SOS protocols, coordinating with partners, and maintaining a safe work environment. This position is expected to start in early to mid-May and continue through September with the possibility of work into October.
Crew Lead Description: The Crew Lead will be responsible for leading all aspects of the SOS project including pre-collection, seed collection and post-collection activities. As part of this project, both conservation (10,000,-20,000 seeds) and operational collections (3-5lbs. of seed) will be collected. Much of the time will be spent driving throughout eastern Nevada, scouting and monitoring target populations. In addition to the collection of seed; voucher herbarium specimens, tissue samples for molecular analysis, and associated metadata will be collected from each population. Corresponding metadata will be entered into BGBase. Seed will be dried and shipped to the Bend Seed Extractory in Bend, OR. The Crew Lead will be trained on SOS protocols, species identification, and seed readiness determination. The training will include a 4 day training module in Fort Collins, Colorado.
This is primarily a field position with about 15% office work. Individuals must be able to hike up to 4 miles a day carrying a 30 pound pack, drive several hours a day on rugged two-track roads, camp in remote backcountry settings, and work 10+ hours a day in variable, sometimes extreme temperatures (30° - 105°F). The work will be tedious and will require bending over for periods of time. Housing is not provided by the ENLC, although we would be happy to help you find housing opportunities.
Schedule: The crew will primarily work an 8 on 6 off schedule, but may work a couple of 4 day work weeks (3 days off) during the height of the field season.
Ely Nevada Background: This position will be based in Ely with work primarily occurring on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Ely District. The Ely BLM District covers almost 12 million acres in East-Central Nevada, including portions of the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts, as well as “sky island” mountain ranges at higher elevations. The area is vast; about the size of Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Vermont combined. It is idyllic, remote, sparsely-populated, and contains over 700,000 acres of designated wilderness. Outdoor recreation opportunities include: hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, fishing and hunting.
Compensation: $17.00-18.00 DOE, plus a camping per diem of $38 per day when camping
Deadline for applications January 31. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Patrick Hellmann at phellmann<>envlc.org Please include “SOS Crew Lead” in the subject of the email. Any questions regarding the position can be directed to Greg Gust at ggust<>envlc.org
-Bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, ecology, environmental science, natural resources or related field
-Strong leadership skills; work effectively in small group settings -Experience with seed collection and determination of seed readiness (phenology) -Experience identifying plant species using dichotomous keys; plant taxonomy coursework a plus -Willingness to live and work outdoors in a harsh, highly variable desert climate -Ability to follow rigorous standardized protocols and record detailed notes -Backcountry skills and Wilderness 1st Aid certification -Ability to work and camp in remote settings for eight days at a time -Valid driver’s license and 4WD experience (On and off paved road) -Experience using BGBase, ArcMap, handheld GPS receivers, orienteering using map and compass
-Ability to bend over and kneel repeatedly, conducting tedious tasks for several hours at a time