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Ecology Field Technicians
Job Type: full-time temporary position
Posting Date: 20 Sep 13
Closing Date: 20 Dec 13
TITLE: Ecology Field Technicians — Research Associate I
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 6 - 10
WORK LOCATIONS: Lake Mead National Recreation Area, SW Nevada
PAY RATE: $2000 - $2500/month, plus housing and other expenses
DURATION: ~4 months (approx. January – April)
Summary of Positions:
The Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University seeks experienced ecologists for field work at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The work entails vegetation sampling and all positions require field botany or field ecology skills. Ability and desire to work in remote backcountry field locations is required. Knowledge of plant taxonomy and species identification is required. Experience identifying Mojave flora is preferred. Experience operating watercraft is desired. Position is temporary from late January through early April. Housing, per diem, and vehicles will be provided.
Successful applicants will work in two-person crews to locate sample points and describe vegetation composition. Field work will entail a combination of daytrips and overnight camping trips. Overnight camping will be at remote backcountry sites. Access to sample point locations will be by land and/or water with travel by car, boat, and foot. Crews will navigate daily to randomly selected sites to establish plot locations and document vegetation characteristics. Many sample locations will be in remote areas of the park.
1. Work with a partner to use GPS to navigate to plot locations and collect data on species and plant communities present. Requires the ability to reliably identify plants and plant communities of the project area, identify dominant species and community structure, and document presence of exotic or rare species,
2. Reliably locate field plots, complete field forms, operate and maintain GPS units, digital cameras, and other field equipment, and effectively manage collected data,
3. Enter and maintain data in electronic formats (databases, spreadsheets, GP GIS),
4. Thoroughly document work using field notebooks, forms, maps, GPS, and cameras.
1. A degree in botany or ecology, natural resources, range management, forestry, or related field, or 3 years of equivalent field experience is required. Preference will be given to candidates with previous field experience, and experience with the flora of the project area and region.
2. Knowledge of botanical keys and field guides, and the major angiosperm plant families;
3. Willingness to travel extensively, work unusual schedules (up to 10 consecutive days), backpack, car camp, and live for an extended period in remote areas;
4. Good physical condition to enable working long hours in the field, traveling off-trail in rough terrain, and working through hot and/or inclement weather;
5. Experience with aerial photograph and topographic map interpretation;
6. Careful attention to data;
7. Experience or familiarity with the use of GPS;
8. Experience collecting vegetation and environmental data in the field;
9. Experience with species identification, community classification, or habitat typing.
Contact Information:First consideration of applicants will begin October 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted for consideration through February 28, 2014.
To Apply Submit Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 References (with phone #’s), online at the following address:
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