Vegetation Monitoring Technician: Nevada

Agency
Great Basin Institute
Location
Reno, NV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
Approximately $1,500 biweekly
Last Date to Apply
02/03/2023
Website
https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/Careers.aspx?req=2022-AIM-016&type=JOBDESCR
Description
For the 2023 field season, GBI is recruiting Vegetation Monitoring Technicians to work with GBI and NDOW staff. Each Tech will work under the supervision of a Crew Lead 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 habitat condition. 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 is one week of office work, primarily focused on data QC and season wrap-up. Field work will include: • Maintaining safety awareness and practices; • Extensive 4x4 driving on unmaintained roads; • Navigating off-trail to sampling sites; • Establishing or revisiting 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; • Identifying plants to species in the field and/or using dichotomous keys; and • Supporting extensive QA/QC data checks. Additional duties include: • Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff; • Participation in GBI and agency trainings; and • Entering data into both Field Maps and Survey 123 software. Contract Timeline: Available appointments: • 21 weeks from April 10th to September 1st • 16 weeks from May to September - Tentative start date: May 15th, flexible Location: • 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: • 21-week appointment: - $12,649.93 AmeriCorps Living Allowance - $2,474.27 Segal Education Award* • 16-week appointment: - $8,581.00 AmeriCorps Living Allowance - $1,718.25 Segal Education Award* Compensation in adittion to the Living Allowance and Education Award: • $150 biweekly housing stipend (untaxed, used at applicant’s discretion as housing is not provided) • $30 camping per diem for every night in the field (up to 7 units in an 8-day work week) • Paid health insurance (monthly premiums fully paid by GBI) • Paid state holidays • Paid personal leave (dependent on position length) • Student Loan Forbearance and Interest Accrual Paid • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility 21-week appointment total approximate Bi-weekly Compensation before taxes: - Office: $1,354.76 - Average Field: $1,564.76 16-week appointment total approximate Bi-weekly Compensation before taxes: - Office: $1,222.63 - Average Field: $1,432.63
Qualifications
Technical requirements: • 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 (or currently enrolled); AND/OR • A minimum of 1 year of field data collection identifying plants • Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous key; • Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols, including standard rangeland monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations; • Experience with data entry and management; • Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps; • Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units; • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads; • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access); and • Experience with Field Maps, Survey 123, and ArcGIS Online.
Contact Person
Allison-Peterson Park
Contact eMail
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