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Natural Resources Field Crew Lead (Botany) - Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Company: The Great Basin Institute
Location: Henderson
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Job Description:

Description: In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Botany Field Crew Lead to join our AmeriCorps program. Serving cooperatively with the GBI Natural Resource Crew Coordinator & Restoration Crew Coordinator, the Field Crew Lead will share responsibility for oversight of a crew consisting of 2 botany technicians. The Field Crew Lead will help to coordinate and implement a variety of project-specific biological surveys and habitat restoration projects. The Field Crew Lead will be responsible for working directly with the Crew Coordinators conducting project activities, including ensuring adherence to protocols and procedures, serving as a positive role model for other field team members, and facilitating accurate completion and documentation of project efforts. The Field Crew will conduct Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive plant surveys across a large project area, as well as identify larval host and nectar plants for butterflies of interest. Native seed collection for ongoing restoration work may be conducted following Federal Seeds of Success protocols. Restoration and enhancement activities may include: identification and documentation of disturbed locations in sensitive habitats; collecting seed of local genotypes of native plant species; documenting encounters of State listed noxious weeds. Collectively, the team is responsible for data collection, entry and analysis; report writing; project planning and mapping; and other tasks assigned by SMNRA resource biologists. Camping is required and may include 4 days on (with 3 days off) in remote areas of Nevada. Opportunities to participate in training (e.g. Wilderness 1st Aid, off-road driving) are available during the season. Location: Field work will be performed in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (approx. 25 miles north and west of Las Vegas, NV). Office duties will be at the District office at 4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr. Las Vegas NV, 89130. The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area contains a tremendous diversity of habitat types from the Mojave Desert habitat surrounding the SMNRA to the alpine ecosystem of Mt Charleston (11,916 feet). Many developed and undeveloped recreational opportunities are available in the region, including climbing and bouldering, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, boating, and fishing. Qualifications: Experience: Experience (one year) conducting floristic field surveys or vegetation monitoring (e.g. repeat photography, or transect and quadrat systematic sampling); Experience working with hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and data collection; Experiencing collecting, preserving and mounting herbarium and voucher specimens; Familiarity with plants of the area, including rare, sensitive, threatened and endangered, preferable; Experience conducting restoration monitoring and maintenance work (e.g., seed collection, hand tool use) preferred; Familiarity with, or proven ability and desire to learn specific State and Federal laws and Forest Service policies related to plants; Knowledge of GIS software; Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project reports; and Possess strong leadership and organizational skills with the ability to lead and coordinate a three-person crew in a remote setting. Education: Bachelors degree in biology (botany, natural resource conservation, ecology or similar field). Ability to: Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; Willingness to spend consecutive days hiking up to 10 miles per day and camping in the field; Ability to complete a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to US Forest Service indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has been completed prior to beginning the position. Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads that can be steep and rutted; Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred Other Requirements: Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record; ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; 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 two full-time terms of service), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

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