Sensitive Plant and Pollinator Project Lead

Great Basin Institute
Elko, NV
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Description: In partnership with the BLM Elko District Office GBI is recruiting a Sensitive Species Project Lead to assist with wildlife, restoration, and natural resources monitoring programs. The Sensitive Species Project Lead will support a program to monitor multiple sensitive species, in conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Forest Service. The work will involve supporting botanical and wildlife projects and collecting field data utilizing a variety of standard techniques. The information obtained will be applied to determining habitat distribution and population viability of sensitive species. Botanical Projects: •White Bark Pine Surveys – Identify/seek expert identification advice on BLM WBP populations. Survey these populations. Develop monitoring plan with the Biodiversity Program (BP) Coordinator. Work with FS and FWS to ground truth WBP populations in Elko County. •Sensitive Plant Species – Inventory new populations, develop monitoring plans with BP Coordinator, and monitor populations. •Aspen – Continue aspen protocol development and create management and monitoring objectives for approximately 30 small aspen stands. •Mattonis blue butterfly – Provide plant and ecological site information to continue modeling for species habitat across the district. •Pollinator Surveys - Capture, collection, and id of pollinators utilizing sensitive plant populations Wildlife Projects: •Bats - Assist BP with capture and acoustic sampling when necessary. Rabies pre-exposure vaccine/booster/titer check necessary. Includes capture of set up equipment, handling bats, filling out datasheets, and set up of acoustic equipment. •Springsnails – Assist BP with springsnail surveys when needed. Includes creating plan list for springsnail sites (riparian and aquatic species), identifying springsnails, making collections, and filling out datasheets. •Mussels – Assist BP with mussel surveys. Includes snorkeling or wading while counting, species ID, and filling out datasheet while acting as safety. •Birds – Assist with bird surveys when needed (winter raptor, Ferruginous Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon). Field work will occur in remote locations, and backcountry camping will be required on multiple nights per month. During May-September, work will be 90% field based and during this time you will be responsible for leading two technicians for inventory and monitoring of sensitive plants. During October-November, work will be 70% field based. The field schedule will be flexible and require working some weekends. The Great Basin Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental research, education, and service throughout the West. GBI’s Research Associate Program provides multidisciplinary capacity for professional support of diverse partnerships across western states while presenting emerging professionals with career-enhancing opportunities in natural/cultural/recreation resource management, ecological conservation, environmental stewardship, and related fields. The Wildlife Monitoring Technician will gain exposure to policies and approaches for managing natural resources on public lands with a multi-use designation. In addition, the technician will acquire experience in standard techniques for botanical and wildlife monitoring, and management of associated data. Contract Timeline: Annual appointment beginning January 2022 Location: The BLM Elko District in northeastern Nevada encompasses over 12 million acres located within the Great Basin ecoregion, which is generally characterized by a semi-arid climate with hot summers and cold winters. Elko is approximately 230 miles west of Salt Lake City, UT, 295 miles northeast of Reno, NV, and 255 miles south of Boise, ID. Recreation opportunities, including hiking, camping, visiting cultural resource sites, and wildlife viewing, abound in this region. Compensation and Benefits: •Rate of Pay: $17.00/hour •Field per diem when overnight camping is required •Paid health and dental benefits •Full-time, 40 hours per week (overtime may be required occasionally)
•Bachelor’s degree in botany, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, or similar discipline, or comparable background and experience; •Familiarity with plant monitoring techniques (density, utilization, line-point counts, etc.); •Knowledge and understanding of Nevada flora including plant families, taxonomy, use of dichotomous keys, and field identification techniques; •Familiarity with wildlife habitat and management of special status species on public lands will be considered a plus; •Experience using GIS functions (Geoprocessing) and MS Office Suite; •Experience using Survey 123 for ArcGIS and Arc Collector considered a plus; •Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units and read a topographic map; •Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; •Experience coordinating with other agencies or specialists for field projects; •Capacity to work independently and within a team environment; •Must be motivated, self-directed, organized, and detail oriented in order to balance multiple tasks simultaneously; •Physically fit to work long hours outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand the climatic rigors of the Great Basin; •Willingness and ability to camp for consecutive days, as needed, in backcountry settings; and •Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads.
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