|Type of position
|Mentor/lead for invasive plants field crew.
|Great Basin Institute
|Description of Location
|Rising from the floor of the Great Basin—the vast expanse between the Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains where creeks and rivers flow inland rather than to the ocean—the steep, green mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest provide critical water, wildlife habitat, and incredible adventures for visitors and residents. Ghost towns and historic mining cabins dot these vast, largely undiscovered sky islands that offer freedom, solitude, and a sense of discovery and adventure for the self-reliant. Although mostly remote, the Forest also borders some of the busiest urban areas in the country—Las Vegas and Reno.
|• Housing: Government bunk-housing in Elko provided
• Eligibility to ProDeals, such as Outdoor Prolink
• Health insurance coverage at no extra cost (available for all employees including seasonals, premiums fully paid for by GBI)
• Paid federal holidays (per BLM agency schedule)
• Earned Paid-Time-Off (PTO) (acculumated; amount dependent on employment length)
|Closing date of competition
|Date position available
|Description of duties
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is recruiting one Research Associate to serve as Invasives Field Crew Mentor for Great Basin Institute Field Technicians (AmeriCorps members) performing botanical surveys for invasive and noxious weeds in support of the Forest-wide Invasives Program. The primary duties for this position include organizing the schedule; assisting USFS resource staff with the logistics of monitoring and treatments, as well as general truck and UTV maintenance needs; and inputting monitoring and treatment data into the Forest Service FACTS database on a bi-weekly basis. The Invasives Field Crew Mentor will also serve as a mentor to the Field Technicians and is responsible for ensuring that safety and field protocols are adhered to, and administrative duties (e.g., completing service logs and evaluations) are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
Additional duties include treating noxious weed populations by hand or through chemical application of herbicides; inventorying wilderness and non-wilderness forest lands for noxious weed populations; and mapping treatment areas and plant populations using applications such as Fieldmaps, EDDMapS, and Avenza Maps on a tablet. The majority of this work is conducted using UTV and large 4WD spray rigs (trucks) traveling on remote 4WD roads. A multi-week training session including invasive plant and noxious weed identification, herbicide safety (including applicator certification), technical training with the tablets and associated software, UTV and 4WD operation, and first aid will be provided at the beginning of the field season.
|Resume and cover letter.
|To learn more and apply, please visit our site:
|• 26-week appointment beginning in Spring of 2023.
• 40 hours/week