Member will provide national service at U.S. Geological Society in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, a host site for the AmeriCorps Program.
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is recruiting six Plant Ecology Technicians to join our AmeriCorps program to assist US Geological Survey researchers with all aspects of post-fire restoration and restoration plant materials development research projects in the Mojave Desert. These projects are designed to evaluate traditional and novel restoration practices based on ecological processes that influence natural recovery and evaluate locally-adapted plant materials used in arid land restoration through multiple common gardens across the Mojave Desert.
AmeriCorps members will assist in applying ecological restoration treatments to recover damaged desert shrubland habitats, data collection (pre- and post-treatment monitoring of vegetation and small mammal trapping associated with restoration, species identification, and preparation of herbarium specimens), data entry and management, maintenance of field, laboratory and computer equipment, and occasional library research. The members will collect and organize field data, ensuring adequate quality control of data collected, and assist in identifying erroneous data. They will also assist with greenhouse propagation and plantings of native perennial species that will be established in multiple common garden sites across the Mojave Desert, measure plant traits in the gardens, and help maintain new plantings (such as watering and weeding).
Project work involves long periods of time outside or in a greenhouse making measurements of individual plants or plant communities and recording data onto data sheets. This work requires long hours in the field in remote areas of the Mojave Desert, and will often involve camping during all seasons of the year. Those who are interested in a career in research, enjoy being outdoors and in greenhouse environments, who are physically fit, and who can accurately record data will be excellent candidates for these positions.
Members may also assist with related research projects at various times and must remain flexible.
Field work involves hiking off designated trails or routes, across rugged terrain, up to 10 miles per day, but more typically 2-6 miles per day. Weather conditions will vary from cold, wind and rain in the winter and early spring to temperatures over 100 F in the summer. Greenhouse work involves stooping and moving pots filled with soil. The use of global positioning systems (handheld GPS units), computers, PDAs, and on- and off-road vehicles are an essential part of the job. Only those willing to spend extended periods of several weeks per month camping under primitive conditions at remote locations on data collection trips should apply for the position. Incumbents must also be willing to spend days at a time working at a computer during periods of data entry and analysis.
A general knowledge of plants of the Southwest would be helpful but is not required.
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These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service.
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