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Whitebark Pine Inventory and Monitoring Crew Lead (Forestry)
Job Code:2019-RAP-012
Program:Research Associate Program
Contract Length:4 Months

Job Description:
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Southwest (PSW) Region, is recruiting a Forestry Crew Lead to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to collect inventory and monitoring data in whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) stands and in stands that have undergone recent tree mortality related to mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) or white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola). Activities will include navigating to and establishing plots for sampling, and collecting field data at each plot on site attributes, vegetation (trees, understory, ground cover) characteristics, and litter attributes. Additional data on tree regeneration and fuels may also be collected. Monitoring objectives are to determine patterns of mortality, regeneration, and recruitment of whitebark pine populations in the Sierra Nevada; evaluate status and trend of whitebark pine stands exposed to mountain pine beetle outbreaks, white pine blister rust, or other stressors including climate change; assess effectiveness of restoration treatments conducted in whitebark pine stands; and validate and calibrate mountain pine beetle risk models and climate envelope models in whitebark pine stands of the USFS PSW Region.

A two-person field crew (one lead and one crew member) will perform this work in collaboration with USFS staff. Training will be provided on methods and approaches, and other project-specific tasks. Leadership responsibilities of the Forestry Crew Lead will include communication with USFS and GBI staff, maintaining safety awareness and practices in the field, scheduling, logistics, and overseeing fidelity to methods and quality of outcomes. Camping at work sites for multiple consecutive nights will be required to meet project objectives.

Contract Timeline:
17 June – 27 September 2019 (15-week appointment)

Work will be based at GBI offices in the Reno/Carson City, NV area. Training and initial field work will take place near the USFS PSW Remote Sensing Lab in Bishop, CA (Inyo National Forest). Throughout the season, field work will be conducted in designated USFS areas along the length of the Sierra Nevadas and northward into the southern Cascade Range (near Lone Pine, CA in the south to near Alturas, CA in the north).

Compensation and Benefits:
Rate of Pay: $17.00/hour
Health insurance

Job Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Botany or other related natural science field, with coursework and experience that demonstrate understanding of the principles of forestry and their application;
Knowledge of the mixed conifer forests typical of eastern California, including common plants (woody and herbaceous), wildlife, and/or geology/topography;
Experience in vegetation sampling and in standard forestry mensuration, survey, and inventory protocols;
Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resource staff;
Field leadership experience, including oversight of safety, communication, fidelity to methods, and data quality;
Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
Experience using ArcGIS to create maps;
Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units;
Proficiency using a compass and topographic map to navigate;
Experience in data collection and management;
Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting; 
Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a forested and/or high desert environment in all seasons; 
Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for multiple consecutive days; 
Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles; and
Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFS.

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