The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District Office, is recruiting to hire a Research Associate (RA) to serve as the Seeds of Success (SOS) Native Seed Collection Specialist. This project will assist BLM SNDO with the implementation of the National Seed Strategy to support management in the Mojave. The RA will work directly with BLM staff to implement this project. The Lead will draw on their previous experience and education to support the regional components of the SOS Seed Collection/Native Plant Program on behalf of the BLM. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program, including monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times;
Coordinating and actively conducting native seed collection(s):
GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features;
Collecting seed from plant populations and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol;
Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities; and
Assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events.
Maintaining and organizing accurate records of field collection activities;
Coordinating the collection and proper processing of herbarium vouchers;
Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects;
Conducting data field data quality assurance/control and ensuring field technicians are adhering to established field collection and safety protocols;
Assist with recruitment of seasonal SOS Botany Field Technicians;
Providing day-to-day oversight of AmeriCorps interns (SOS Botany Field Technicians);
Assist with BLM efforts to coordinate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders;
Serving as a liaison between and with both GBI and BLM staff, and making sure that all administrative paperwork are completed and submitted on time and correctly; and
Ensuring GBI and BLM equipment are maintained and treated properly.
Bachelors degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, plant science, taxonomy/systematics, or related field;
Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys; familiarity with plants of the Great Basin, highly desirable;
Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;
Experience using ArcGIS software, preferable; and
Knowledge of and prior experience implementing SOS Seed Collection Protocols.
Previous experience working in or near Southern Nevada, highly desirable;
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, 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, if necessary; and
Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-paved roads.
Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI); applicants already in possession of a fully adjudicated DOI BI should highlight this in their cover letter.
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