Great Basin Institute
Plumas National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, United States. It covers over 1.2 million acres and encompasses a diverse range of landscapes, including lush forests, rugged peaks, sparkling lakes, and rolling meadows. The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, bald eagles, and numerous species of fish and reptiles. The Plumas National Forest offers a variety of recreational activities for visitors, including hiking, camping, fishing, boating, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The forest is also a popular destination for winter sports, with several ski resorts located within its boundaries. The forest is located near the towns of Quincy and Portola and is easily accessible from nearby major cities such as Reno, Nevada and Sacramento, California. With its breathtaking scenery and abundance of outdoor activities, the Plumas National Forest is a popular destination for nature lovers, adventurers, and families alike.
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- Wage: $26/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate. Full time, average 40 hours per week. - Health, Dental, Vision Insurance paid 100% by GBI, equivalent to ~$350/month. Available on the first day of the month following the start of employment. - Shared housing provided! Equivalent to ~$1200/month. - Camping Per Diem: $15/night as necessary. - Uniform Stipend.
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The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service, Plumas National Forest, is recruiting two Wildlife Crew Leads to support the study and review of proposed actions in portions of the Plumas National Forest. Associates will support GBI Resource Specialists in performing field surveys, collecting data, and providing technical assistance to assess wildlife habitat for various amphibian species. Field work will consider federally listed species, candidate species, and those proposed for listing while assessing the ecosystems upon which they depend. This work is in furtherance of Endangered Species Act goals that seek the best available scientific information to inform forest restoration planning. Crew Leads will assist agency personnel and crew members with applied management objectives for sensitive, threatened and endangered species. The majority of surveys will focus on California red-legged frogs, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, and foothill yellow-legged frogs. Work will focus on monitoring populations and surveying habitats used by these species to 1) support population data on specific species; and 2) ensure adequate protections are in place for areas undergoing vegetation management and restoration projects. These positions support legally mandated compliance measures and obligations and will help serve USFS vegetation management and fuels reduction efforts, supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources. This work provides professional development and leadership opportunities including: - Increased exposure and responsibility enacting USFS processes, procedures, and compliance measures - Assisting in reporting and data entry/quality assurance and control - Increased technical experience and expanded opportunities and exposure to additional disciplines (e.g. archaeology, forestry, hydrology, etc.) The Wildlife Crew Lead will perform a wide variety of activities to support all stages of project work. The Lead will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, including coordination of daily tasks and affiliated project and crew needs, provide or assist in training, converse frequently with agency staff to plan and assess crew accomplishments, and converse with GBI staff as needed. Crew size will range between 3-4 people. Duties may include: - Surveys for California red-legged frogs, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, and foothill yellow-legged frogs at all life stages (~70% of season) - Query using (GIS and standard protocols) to define suitable habitat - Creating surveys and/or adjusting surveys due to access issues - Mapping survey areas - Data management - Report submission
At least one of the following: Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field, or a combination of experience and education with at least 12 semester hours in subjects related to wildlife such as biology, ecology, zoology, mammalogy, ornithology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology. The ideal candidate has experience conducting visual encounter surveys for and positively identifying all three target species: California red-legged frogs, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, and foothill yellow-legged frogs, including demonstrated experience in field identification of multiple life stages. At a minimum, moderate experience with more than one amphibian species including at least one of the target species is required. Required: - Minimum two years of general field experience which includes: * navigating via topographic maps; * using GPS units (or GPS-enabled devices such as tablets) to record locations and/or data; * hiking several miles per day including off trail in steep, rocky terrain; and * driving 4x4 vehicles in mountainous terrain. - Experience leading crews in the field, including oversight of crew safety, communication, fidelity to methods and data quality; - Proficiency in navigation using GPS, topographic map and compass; - Experience in standard field methods for wildlife surveys, status assessments, and habitat characterization; - Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; - Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners; - Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes occasionally overnight work & camping in remote areas for consecutive nights; - Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently; - Strong communication skills with diverse audiences, both written and oral; - Willingness to work a variable schedule in response to project needs, possibly including some weekends, nights, holidays; and - Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a forested and mountainous environments in all seasons. Preferred: - Familiarity with and interest in resource management issues of western states; - Familiarity with California’s Sierra Nevada ecosystems; - Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols; - Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff; and - Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS, and Google Earth.
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