The crew member will provide national service at the BLM (CA) Applegate Field Office, a host site for the AmeriCorps Program.
Working collaboratively with the BLM (CA) Applegate Field Office, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an AmeriCorps Wildlife Monitoring Crew Lead to help address key management tasks related to multiple projects within the Applegate Field Office. Through this opportunity, the successful applicant will gain exposure to the operations of a federal land management agency charged with a multiple-use and sustainable-yield mission. The Crew Lead will gain a greater understanding of how policy decisions are formulated, gain hands-on experience with natural resource monitoring protocols and field techniques, enhance skills related to data collection and behavioral observations, as well as actively participate in formal trainings related to Wilderness First Aid, off-highway vehicle operation, and the BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring Strategy. Additionally, as an individual in a leadership role, the Crew Lead will have the opportunity to hone leadership skills such as time management, conflict resolution, and organization.
The primary focus of most projects will be related to Greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and will include participating in sage grouse lek counts, assisting with habitat use research, monitoring sage grouse movements via radio or satellite transmitters, and conducting vegetation monitoring (e.g., line point intercept) as a component of the BLM’s national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring strategy. An outcome of these field exercises is providing BLM management with necessary data to assess whether planned habitat improvement projects can move forward to the implementation phase.
Upon completion of this position, the Wildlife Monitoring Crew Lead will be better prepared to take on additional responsibility in fields related to rangeland management, wildlife biology, or public land management broadly. Applicants seeking to apply for graduate school will have compelling experience and real-world knowledge to apply to their application.
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