Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LAKE), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting AmeriCorps Vegetation Technicians to learn about and participate on multiple projects at LAKE. Work at the nursery includes working closely with the NPS nursery manager, NPS nursery technician, NPS volunteers, and 5-10 person youth conservation crews on nursery propagation projects. Ability to work as a team is required. Work can be repetitive and monotonous. Applicant must be able to follow detailed directions. Tasks at the nursery include, but are not limited to: soil mixing, transplanting, seed cleaning, seed collection, watering plants, weeding, pruning, culling pots, moving plants from greenhouses to outdoor compound, seeding, seed treatment, plant inventory, irrigation setup, irrigation checks and minor irrigation repair, cleaning pots, pest control including control of rodents, aphids, gnats, and other plant pests. The intern will also survey, document, assess, report and control non-native plants at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave to enhance visitor access and camping experience. Work will include identification of native and non-native plants of the desert southwest; control of non-native plants using mechanical and chemical methods; surveying for rare plants to assist in weed treatment prioritization; and leading 5-10 member work crews on weed control projects. The intern will use a GPS unit and camera to document weed and rare plant presence and control actions performed. The intern will be responsible for data management including GIS, Access, and photo data. Intern may also assist with some planting projects. Other work in the field may include scouting out plant populations for seed collection. The intern will be required to operate a backcountry 4X4 vehicle (training will be provided) and pass a federal background check. Restoration work will include salvaging plants at construction sites, raking out illegal off road vehicle tracks, fixing tortoise fence or barriers, installing post and cable or carsonites, repairing and replacing signage on backcountry roads. Other duties may consist of, picking-up trash, plant propagation, seed collection and prospecting.
• Rare and Non Native plant surveys;
• Exotic plant control;
• Data management;
• Plant Propagation;
• Plant and seed care
• Assisting the nursery manager with facility maintenance;
• Work as part of team led by NPS vegetation staff
• Intern will work with 5-10 member youth service groups and/or volunteers on nursery propagation projects
• Must be able to operate a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and pass a federal background check.
• Additional duties may include checking backcountry traffic counters, , picking-up trash, rare plant plot monitoring, restoring off-road tracks, repair backcountry barriers, installing backcountry signs, and other tasks associated with Mojave Desert restoration.
• Lift up to 40 pounds of material or equipment
• Bend, lift, pull, and push
• Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time
• Walk for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment
• Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season)
• Work up to 10 hour days
• Travel overnight or up to 4 days to complete project work
• Experience with plant propagation ;
• Ability to learn about plant and seed care;
• Ability to identify native and non-native plants of the desert Southwest
• Experience with chemical and mechanical weed control methods
• Ability to drive 4x4 vehicle, and navigate in the backcountry using maps and GPS units
• Ability to use ArcGIS software such as ArcMap,
• Ability to use a GPS unit such as Garmin or ArcCollector App on iPhone
• Ability to use Microsoft Office Programs
• Ability to do physical labor in the backcountry
• Motivated to learn about the park’s resources
• Ability to communicate with park staff in an appropriate manner in written and verbal form
• Must pass a federal background check
Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position.