In cooperation with the National Park Service's Mojave Desert Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) Network (MOJN), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting an experienced Vegetation Technician to work cooperatively with National Park Service staff to monitor vegetation. MOJN I&M has developed and standardized monitoring protocols to collect scientifically rigorous data on a prioritized set of vital signs that will aid parks manage their natural resources. Data on vegetation and target invasive species will be collected for the following protocols: Integrated Uplands, Spring Vegetation, White Pine, and possibly Aspen. In addition, the vegetation technician will assist bat technicians as needed in implementing a pilot bat monitoring plan (primarily deploying acoustic bat detectors).
• Implementing vegetation monitoring protocols designed to address MOJN I&M’s vital signs (training will be provided);
• Walking long distances over uneven terrain;
• Hiking with backpacks that weigh 30+ pounds;
• Establishing permanent monitoring sites;
• Collecting vegetation data using established procedures;
• Taking GPS points and photos at work sites;
• Conducting quality analysis/quality control for all data collected, either in the field or in the office;
• Collaborating with MOJN staff in project planning, oversight of field safety and logistics, field protocol and data QA/QC, equipment organization and maintenance.
The field work is dynamic and may be carried out across the MOJN parks (Castle Mountains National Monument, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Great Basin National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Mojave National Preserve). This positions will require regular travel and camping during the field season in order to ensure that all plots are successfully completed during the field season, and may require long hours including nights, early mornings, and weekends. Additionally, opportunities might be provided to participate in other projects and activities. This position must be flexible, going back and forth between projects from week to week.
• Wage: $15.00 per hour
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost
• Paid time off
• Paid federal holidays
• Camping Per Diem: $20/day (when applicable)
• Estimated 6-month appointment beginning January 2021, or pending availability and completion of DOI Background Investigation
• Full time, 40 hours per week; overtime and/or weekend hours may be required occasionally
The Mojave Desert Network’s (MOJN) main office is located in Boulder City, Nevada, near Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Boulder City is a 20 minute drive from the city of Henderson, which lies on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses nearly 1.5 million acres in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, including mountains, canyons, valleys, and two vast lakes. From the mouth of the Grand Canyon, the park follows the Arizona-Nevada border along what was formerly 140 miles of the Colorado River. Opportunities for recreation abound.
MOJN consists of eight National Park Service units: Castle Mountains National Monument, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Great Basin National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Mojave National Preserve. These park units are spread across three states: Arizona, California, and Nevada. The MOJN parks fall within three contiguous semi-arid desert ecosystems, from the Great Basin Desert in the north, to the Mojave Desert, and then to the Sonoran Desert in the south.
Housing is not provided, although there might be park housing available at a reasonable rate.
• Bachelor’s degree in Biology or in one of the major natural sciences; applicants with a background in vegetation monitoring preferred;
• Be able to utilize dichotomous keys for plant identification with knowledge and/or field experience of plant ecology in the Mojave Desert and Great Basin region, desired;
• Experience with identifying upland desert, riparian and wetland plant species desired
• Experience living or working in, and/or knowledge of Mojave Desert, desirable;
• Experience in performing field work, and applying methodological protocols for collecting field data;
• Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
• Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;
• Experience using ArcGIS software;
• Experience in data management and quality control, including specialized software such as GPS and MS Access;
• Ability to work in all types of weather and terrain in the harsh Mojave Desert environment;
• Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office environment;
• Willingness and ability to work safely and productively, hike long distances carrying 40-50 pounds, and lift, carry and use equipment in harsh, variable desert conditions, including in extreme heat;
• Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred
• Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
• Motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter that has the flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities and possesses strong organizational skills;
• Willingness to work a variable schedule, possibly including some weekends; and
• Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads.
Successful applicant 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. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.