For the 2023 field season, GBI is recruiting two Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leads to work with agency staff, GBI staff, and technicians. Each Lead will coordinate and supervise a field crew (one Lead and three Technicians) to characterize vegetation using LHA protocols, on various sampling sites across northern Nevada. Monitoring projects are predominantly located in sagebrush ecosystems and focused on post-fire restoration, habitat improvement, and baseline condition of sage-grouse habitat. This opportunity differs from other GBI Ecological Monitoring positions as the primary monitoring goal is to conduct long-term vegetation monitoring, excluding soil indicators.
During the first month of training, the typical schedule is 5 days on (Monday-Friday) and 2 days off. During field work, car camping for 8 day “hitches” (Wednesday-Wednesday) in remote locations will be required, followed by 6 days off (Thursday-Tuesday). At the end of the field season, there are three weeks of office work, primarily focused on data QC.
Field work will include:
• Maintaining safety awareness and practices;
• Extensive 4x4 driving on unmaintained roads;
• Navigating off-trail to sampling sites;
• Establishing sampling plots and transects;
• Collecting vegetation data (including species inventory, forb diversity, species abundance, sagebrush shape, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and woody heights);
• Taking photo-points;
• Making qualitative treatment assessments; and
• Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys.
• Supporting and managing a field crew;
• Coordinating field logistics and scheduling; and
• Report writing and completing administrative paperwork.
• Regular communication with GBI support staff and NDOW agency staff;
• Participation in GBI and agency trainings;
• Using Field Maps and Survey 123 software to collect field data;
• Managing ArcGIS Online databases; and
• Employing extensive QA/QC data checks.
• Duration: 25 weeks from April – September
• Tentative start date: April 4th, 2023
• Tentative end date: September 22nd, 2023
• Based out of NDOW Field Office in Reno, Nevada
• Crews will travel across Northern Nevada to monitoring sites on private, BLM, NPS, and/or USFS land, depending on the project.
Compensation and Benefits:
• $1,840 biweekly salary
• $150 biweekly housing stipend; untaxed, used at applicant’s discretion as housing is not provided
• $30 per diem for every night camped in the field (up to 7 units in an 8-day work week)
• $32.30/month cell phone stipend
• Paid Health Insurance (Monthly premiums fully paid by GBI)
• Paid state holidays
• Paid personal leave
Total approximate Bi-weekly Compensation before taxes:
- Office: $2,006.15 (~$25 per hour)
- Average Field: $2,216.15 (~$27.70 per hour)
• Leadership experience, including supervising field crews and managing projects simultaneously;
• Experience, education, or a combination of both in botany and/or range management to meet the following:
• Bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, ecology, or rangeland ecology or other natural resources with at least 9 semester hours in plant or biological sciences;
• A minimum of 1 year of field data collection identifying plants