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.
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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