The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) is recruiting eight (8) Native Seed Interns to join our AmeriCorps program to conduct seed collecting and ecological restoration activities throughout the Great Basin on Department of Interior (DOI) lands.
Field work involves driving GBI trucks on both highways and 4WD roads, often for 100+ miles per day as well as hiking off designated trails or routes, across rugged terrain, up to 5 miles per day, but more typically 0-1 mile per day. Seed collection requires regular stooping, standing and maneuvering on uneven terrain for many hours a day. Weather conditions will vary from cold winds or rain in the early spring to temperatures over 100F in the summer. The use of global positioning systems (handheld GPS units), computers, PDAs, digital cameras, and on- and off-road vehicles are an essential part of the job. Camping under primitive conditions at remote locations on data collection trips will often be required. Schedules are often determined by plant phenology. Incumbents must also be willing to spend days at a time working at a computer during periods of data entry and analysis.
Bachelor’s degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, ecology, plant science, or related field;
Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with plants of the Great Basin;
Work independently or in pairs with little supervision, strong initiative and high attention to detail;
Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work as part of a tight knit team. Most often crews will be two people, which requires interns to co-lead with their co-intern, take initiative, and behave in a manner that promotes team integrity;
Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;
Understanding and/or experience using ArcGIS Pro 2.0 software, ArcCollector, and Survey 123, helpful;
Willingness and ability to work in harsh, ever-changing desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team;
Ability to bend and stoop for long periods of time while collecting seed, and to use hand tools, and occasionally lift buckets of water and other heavy loads;
Ability to work a non-standard schedule, such as beginning at 5 am, to avoid heat-related issues, to follow plant phenology, or for coordination with team members.
Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days, up to 8 days;
Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road;
Experience operating All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) on difficult terrain helpful; 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), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement; and
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