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Vegetation/Habitat Assessment Field Technician
Job Type: full-time temporary position
Posting Date: 3 Feb 14
Closing Date: 23 Mar 14
In cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), The Great Basin Institute is recruiting six AmeriCorps members to serve as part of an inter‐disciplinary vegetation/habitat assessment team. The overall objective of this habitat assessment effort is to perform detailed vegetation and site data collection at locations where habitat restoration projects will be undertaken and at sites where restoration is underway. Sites for monitoring climate change will also be sampled. Restoration project sites are located in Wyoming sagebrush, pinyon‐juniper woodlands and mountain sagebrush communities across northern Nevada. Restoration projects are focused on wildlife habitat including Sage Grouse (endangered species candidate), Mule deer, and a variety of non‐game species. The vegetation and site data are used to help guide proper treatment design and to provide a baseline data set against which treatment effects may be measured.
General field duties include walking long distances over uneven terrain, collecting GPS points, observing wildlife, identifying vegetative demographics and distribution, and taking photo‐points. Sampling vegetation structure and composition will be the principle focus of field sampling, resulting in estimates for foliar cover, canopy gap, herbaceous and woody density, and plant species richness. Field data will be entered into the Database for Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment. This position will require travel to and from field sites and field camping in order to ensure that all transects are successfully completed during the field season. Implementation may require long hours including early mornings and weekends. The timeframe for field data collection will generally be 8 days on (Wed‐Wed) – for travel to sampling region, field sampling and on‐site camping, and return to GBI/NDOW in Reno – followed by 6 days off (Thu‐Tue).
Timeline and Compensation:
21‐week positions (4)
Contract length: May 5, 2014 ‐September 26, 2014
Living Allowance: $5,750
AmeriCorps Education Award*: $2,114
Student loan forbearance
Housing Stipend: $350/month
15‐week positions (2)
Contract length: May 12, 2014 – August 22, 2014
Living Allowance: $4,125
AmeriCorps Education Award*: $1,468
Student loan forbearance
Housing Stipend: $350/month
* AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualified federal student loans.
The position will be based out of GBI’s Reno, NV office. Field sites are located through northern Nevada, and may require several hours of travel time to access. Terrain is typical of the Great Basin with wide, long valleys bordered by mountain ranges. Field conditions include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun. Resources include big game habitat, Wilderness Study Areas, active grazing allotments, abandoned mine lands, historic and prehistoric cultural sites, and wild horse management areas.
• Bachelor’s degree or coursework in one of the major natural sciences;
• Understanding of basic principles related to the fields of botany, soil science, wildlife biology, geology, and/or hydrology;
• Applicants should possess some relevant or related field experience;
• Ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass, navigate to predetermined locations using GPS, and read a topographical map;
• Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
• Physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, lift heavy gear, and withstand working and primitive camping for up to eight consecutive days in sometimes inclement weather during spring and summer in northern Nevada; and
• Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or equivalent of 2 full‐time awards), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.
Contact Information:Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, GBI Human Resources Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please indicate:
1) Whether you are interested in a 21‐week position, a 15‐week position, or a position of either duration
2) Where you found this position posted
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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