Vegetation Monitoring Crew Lead – Klamath Network

Great Basin Institute / National Park Service
NPS Klamath Network
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Vegetation Monitoring Crew Lead Great Basin Institute / National Park Service Klamath Network Inventory & Monitoring Description The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with the National Park Service Klamath Network (KLMN) Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program to recruit a Crew Lead for vegetation monitoring. The overall objective is to perform vegetation community monitoring in Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, CA and OR; Lava Beds National Monument, CA; and Redwood National and State Parks, CA. Field data will contribute to a multi-year dataset aimed at detecting status and trends in park vegetation and is intended to provide decision-makers with indications of changes in vegetation communities. The Crew Leads will assist the KLMN Vegetation Ecologist with implementing the vegetation monitoring protocol and provide day-to-day oversight of workflow and data collection. Training and support will be provided for all duties. Specific duties include: • Be a productive member of the KLMN I&M vegetation community monitoring field crew; • Participate in preparing for the field season; • Properly identify vascular plant species and utilizes dichotomous keys; • Estimate cover of vascular plants; • Collect and prepare voucher specimens of difficult taxa for later identification; • Collect Tree DBH, height, and height to crown data; • Collect dead-and-down fuel data; • Assist with field data collection, data entry, and QA/QC; • Maintain field equipment and tools; and • Participate in GBI or partner-sponsored training opportunities; Leadership: • Communicate regularly with agency staff to prioritize work and develop work schedule; • Oversee several seasonal Biological Science Technicians in the performance of assigned tasks; • Monitor site-specific conditions and report safety concerns to agency staff. General field duties include walking long distances over uneven terrain, off-trail, often in dense vegetation; navigating off-trail with map, compass and GPS; relocating monitoring sites; collecting vegetation and fuels data using established procedures; taking photos at each site; ensuring the consistency of data quality during the field season; and maintaining safety awareness and practices. The successful applicant must have strong communication skills (both verbal and written) and exhibit strong leadership and organization skills. Office tasks are only about 5% of work but include data organization, processing and QA/QC; and compiling concise field notes. This position will require regular overnight travel and camping during the field season. The field schedule is an 8-day-on 6-day-off hitch, requiring long hours (10+ hours/day), including early mornings and some weekends. The Klamath Network contains six parks: Crater Lake National Park (Crater Lake), Lava Beds National Monument (Lava Beds), Lassen Volcanic National Monument (Lassen), Oregon Caves National Monument and Reserve (Oregon Caves), Redwood National and State Parks (Redwood), and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (Whiskeytown), located throughout northern California and southern Oregon. The parks span a land area of complex topography in the geologically ancient Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion in the west (Redwood, Oregon Caves and Whiskeytown), and the younger, volcanic Cascades-Modoc Ecoregion to the east (Crater Lake, Lassen and Lava Beds). Vegetation of the two subregions ranges from temperate rainforests with enormous, world-record-height trees along the coast at Redwood, to barren shrublands on infertile soils and rock in the sagebrush desert of Lava Beds. Elevation extends from sea level at Redwood, to above timberline in Crater Lake and Lassen. Floristically, the parks capture elements of the southern Oregon and northern California Coast Ranges, the Sierra Nevada, Cascade Range, and Great Basin, all near the northern end of the California Floristic Province. Compensation o Rate of Pay: $19.75/hour o Camping per diem: $15.00 o Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision) o Paid holidays and personal leave Timeline o 23-week appointment starting in late May-early June 2021 o Full time, including some weekends and holidays Location The Klamath Network Inventory and Monitoring Program, located in Ashland, Oregon (, is situated along I-5, about 20 miles from the Oregon/California boarder. Housing during off days is not provided. Field work will occur in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (administered by the Bureau of Land Management) and two of KLMN’s six parks. Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument ( is situated at the crossroads of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou mountain ranges, and represents an outstanding ecological wonderland. This convergence of three geologically distinct mountain ranges has resulted in an area with unparalleled biological diversity and a tremendously varied landscape. The Monument was established in 2000 in recognition of its remarkable ecology and to protect its diverse range of biological, geological, aquatic, archeological, and historic resources. Lava Beds National Monument ( ), located in northeastern California, highlights the dynamic history of the Modoc Indian War of 1872 and features a spectacular rugged landscape of recent lava flows, cinder and splatter cones, and over 700 lava tube caves. Lava Beds lies at a geographic transition zone between the eastern Cascades Range and the Great Basin Desert on the northern flank of the Medicine Lake shield volcano with excellent examples of many Great Basin vegetation communities. Redwood National and State Parks ( is a jointly managed partnership between the National Park Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks). The park is comprised of 133,000 acres of northern California coast redwood forest, which includes 45% of all remaining old growth coast redwood forest. How to Apply Please visit our website to apply directly through our online portal using this link: We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.
Qualifications o Undergraduate or graduate degree in botany, ecology, or a closely related field in the biological sciences; o Coursework in plant taxonomy and/or systematics (transcripts may be requested), botany, or forestry; o Ability to identify native and non-native plants of the Pacific Northwest and/or Great Basin; o Familiarity with ecological processes and flora of the Pacific Northwest and/or Great Basin; o Experience in performing field work, and applying methodological protocols for collecting data; o Experience with data entry and data management; o Leadership experience, including support of best practices for field safety and ensuring fidelity to project methods; o Ability to work and camp in extreme and remote areas; o Experience using hand-held GPS for navigation; o Experience with tablet data collection and experience with MS Access or other database o Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass; o Willingness and ability to work long days (10+hrs), hike long distances (10-12 miles) carrying 30-40 pounds, and lift, carry and use equipment in harsh, variable weather conditions, including in rain, hail, wind, and extreme heat; o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; o Experience working with federal land management agencies, members of the public, or non-profit organizations; and o Willingness to work a variable schedule, mostly 8 days on, 6 days off, including some weekends. Applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation or submit paperwork to National Park Service human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. Additional requirements: o Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; o Experience operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, particularly with unimproved roads; o Possess a commitment to personal and team member safety, and communicate perceived safety threats immediately; o Ability to work independently to accomplish goals; o Ability to communicate effectively with team members, agency staff, and a diverse public; o Possess good organizational skills; o Possess a favorably adjudicated background clearance; o Must be motivated, self-directed, organized, and detail oriented in order to balance multiple tasks simultaneously; and o Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the USFWS.
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