Vegetation Monitoring Technician: Nevada

Great Basin Institute
Reno, NV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Approximately $1,500 biweekly
Last Date to Apply
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
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.
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Allison-Peterson Park
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