From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news
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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Habitat Assessment Field Technician
In cooperation with the Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW), The Great Basin
Institute is recruiting three (3) AmeriCorps members to serve as part of an
inter-disciplinary habitat assessment team. The overall objective of this
habitat assessment effort is to perform detailed vegetation and site data
collection at locations where habitat restoration projects will be
undertaken and at sites where restoration is underway.
Restoration project sites are located in Wyoming sagebrush, pinyon-juniper
woodlands and mountain sagebrush communities across northwestern Nevada.
Restoration projects are focused on wildlife habitat including Sage Grouse
(endangered species candidate), mule deer, and a variety of non-game
species. The vegetation and site data are used to help guide proper
treatment design and to provide a baseline data set against which treatment
effects may be measured.
General field duties include walking long distances over uneven terrain,
collecting GPS points, observing and monitoring wildlife, identifying
vegetative demographics and distribution, collecting water samples and water
quality data, and taking photo-points. This position will require travel to
and from field sites and field camping in order to ensure that all transects
are successfully completed during the field season.
Implementation may require long hours including early mornings and weekends.
Time Line and Compensation:
Contract length: May 16, 2011 – August 19, 2011 Living Allowance: $3,700
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,415 Student loan forbearance* Housing
* AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future
education experiences, including payment of qualified federal student loans.
The position will be based out of GBI’s Reno, NV office. Field site
locations are located through northern and western Nevada, and may require
several hours of travel time to access. Terrain is typical of the Great
Basin with wide long valleys bordered by mountain ranges. Field conditions
include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun. Resources include big
game habitat, Wilderness Study Areas, active grazing allotments, abandoned
mine lands, historic and prehistoric cultural sites, and wild horse
• Bachelor’s degree or coursework in one of the major natural sciences; •
Understanding of basic principles related to the fields of botany, soil
science, wildlife biology, geology, and/or hydrology; • Applicants should
possess some relevant or related field experience; • Ability to navigate and
set a bearing using a compass and to read a topographical map; • Ability to
communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; •
Physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and
withstand working and camping in inclement weather during spring and summer
weather in northern Nevada; • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s
license and the ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; and
• Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal
resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award
(limit of four in a lifetime or equivalent of 2 full-time awards), and (3)
pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal
How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their
résumé, and a list of three professional references to Bridget Walden, at
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This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national
origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or
religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.