In cooperation with the National Park Service and Capitol Reef National Park, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Botany Field Team Lead to join our AmeriCorps program. The Botany Field Team Lead will support the Capitol Reef National Park Division of Resource Management & Science and serve as a member of the rare plant monitoring crew assisting resource staff with surveys and demographic monitoring of three federally listed plant species. Field work involves following standardized protocols for data collection, attention to detail and working long hours in remote areas of the park. Office work consists of downloading data from the GPS units into an ArcGIS geodatabase, labeling photos, and summarizing datasets in an Excel spreadsheet.
Primary survey responsibilities includes conducting field work associated with rare plant surveys and demographic monitoring; training in field data collection protocols and methodologies will be provided.. Field Team members will utilize GPS units to navigate to field locations and to record data using data dictionaries. Upon return to the office, Field Team members will use computer software, including Excel and ArcGIS, to organize, manage and summarize field data. Collectively, the field team will manage and maintain gear, tools and other NPS equipment needed to do the field work, as well as ensure that GBI and NPS safety protocols are followed.
The Field Lead will also take responsibility to effectively guide, mentor, and work with the other interns on the rare plant monitoring crew to ensure monitoring and safety protocols are adhered to. Additionally, the Lead will help to educate crew members on plant communities and with plant species identification. The Lead will also transport crew and equipment safely on high clearance dirt roads in NPS four-wheel drive vehicles and assist with completing weekly reporting of accomplishments. The Field Lead will serve as a liaison between the field team and GBI/NPS staff and therefore should have the ability to effectively communicate any problems that arise with project implementation. As well, the Lead will work to ensure that all AmeriCorps, GBI, NPS policies are adhered to.
The Lead may also assist natural resource staff with spotted owl and peregrine falcon surveys, invasive plant control and/or cultural resource monitoring. Interns will be supervised by the park Biologist.
A general knowledge of plants of the southwest would be helpful but is not required. Survey 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, and may also require field camping and possibly backpacking. Weather conditions will vary from cold winds or rain in the early spring to temperatures nearing 100o F in the summer. Other challenging field conditions include high winds and gnats or other biting insects. Experience driving four-wheel drive vehicles on high clearance, dirt roads would be beneficial, but is not essential.
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