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Native Seed Technician
Job Code:2019-ACI-008
Location:Las Vegas
Program:AmeriCorps Intern
Contract Length:4 Months

Job Description:


The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District Office to conduct seed collecting activities throughout BLM Southern Nevada District lands. Two technicians will be hired to support current, on-going, and future restoration efforts. Specific tasks include:

  • Scouting and identifying populations of target plant species suitable for the program;

  • Mapping and GPSing populations of target plant species;

  • Monitoring the phenology of target plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times;

  • Collecting seed from wild land native plant populations and completing SOS data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol; and

  • Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping seed as necessary.

Technicians are responsible for reporting on accomplishments and providing recommendations for further work. As well, Technicians may delineate and map potential restoration sites, and/or participate in restoration program activities.

Contract Timeline:
March 4, 2019 – June 7, 2019 (14 weeks)
Full time, 40 hours per week (overtime may be required occasionally)

The technicians will be based out of the BLM Southern Nevada District office, which is located in northwest Las Vegas, NV. The Southern Nevada District Office manages more than three million acres of Mojave Desert in Clark and Nye counties. The scenery varies from dramatically colorful geologic landforms and largely unspoiled panoramic vistas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to remote and rugged wild landscapes of Gold Butte Back Country Byway. Recreation opportunities abound and viewing sites for desert plants and animals are easily accessible.

Compensation and Benefits:
Rate of Pay: $6,160 living allowance + $1,566.14 education award

Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, plant science, or related field;

  • Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with Mojave Desert plants;

  • 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 ArcView GIS software, 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;

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;

  • Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple 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) must be at least 17 years of age and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED (or be willing to achieve this before using education award), (3) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (4) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

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