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Native Seed Collection Technician SOS- Vernal UT
Job Code:2019-ACI-045
Location:Vernal, UT
State:Utah
Program:AmeriCorps Intern
Contract Length:4 Months
  

Job Description:
Description:
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management’s Vernal Field Office, is recruiting two individuals to join our AmeriCorps Program as a Seeds of Success (SOS) Native Seed Collection Technician. The Technician will conduct native seed collection and associated activities (e.g. seed cleaning and storage) in support of the Colorado Plateau Native Plants Program (CPNPP). The overarching goal of the CPNPP is to “improve the quality of, and increase the availability of, native seed commercially available for use in restoration and reclamation in areas of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.”

Primary Responsibilities: 
Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program;
GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features;
Monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times;
Collecting seed from plant populations and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol;
Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping seed as necessary;
Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities;
Participating in restoration projects, including planting native plants, watering plants, repairing fences, removing non-native plants;
Assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events; and
Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects.
 

Contract Timeline:
Compensation and Timeline:
• 18.5-week appointment beginning in May 2019, or upon availability

Location:
Location:
The Technician will be based out of the BLM’s Vernal Field Office (VFO). The VFO is located in the northeast corner of Utah and includes the south slope of the Uinta Mountains, one of the few mountain ranges which lie in an east-west orientation, the Uinta Basin, and the Book Cliffs region. Throughout the public lands of the VFO, hiking, biking, camping, hunting and fishing opportunities are abundant. Sites that should be seen include Nine Mile Canyon, Fantasy Canyon and Dry Fork Canyon. The mountain bike trails on the public lands surrounding Vernal is in the Top 20 BLM Mountain Bike destinations according to MTB Project.

Compensation and Benefits:
• Living Allowance: $8,181.00 (allocated biweekly)
• Education Award*: $2,255.24
• $75/week housing stipend

* Members shall receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their term of service that can be used to pay off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college or program.

Job Qualifications:
Qualifications:
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 Colorado Plateau;
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
 

Other Job Information (if applicable):
The Great Basin Institute conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

EEO Statement
We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.