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Seeds of Success Native Seed Collection Specialist
Job Code:2019-RAP-006
Location:Las Vegas
Program:Research Associate Program
Contract Length:12 Months

Job Description:

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.

Contract Timeline:
February 2019 to February 2020; possibility of extension based on performance and available funding
Full time, 40 hours per week

The RA 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.

Overnight travel throughout Nevada may be required.

Compensation and Benefits:
Rate of Pay: $17.00/hour
Paid Health Insurance (medical, dental, and prescription)
Paid holidays and personal leave

Job Qualifications:

Technical Requirements:

  • 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.

Other Requirements:

  • 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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