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Great Basin Institute
Position title : Botany Field Team Lead
Deadline to apply : 03/18/19
Start Date : 03/25/19
End Date : 07/26/19
Type of Position : Crew Leader
Town, City, Park, etc : Capitol Reef National Park
State / Territory : Utah
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage more than 75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations. They tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters. Created in 1993, AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. Together these programs engage more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year.
Great Basins Institute’s AmeriCorps Intern program places many of its interns into service opportunities where they learn valuable work skills for current and future positions in addition to earning an education award with a modest living allowance. In turn, the interns gain and develop an appreciation for environmental conservation, gain management and data collection skills and are given a chance to work with partner agencies such as the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, and the State of Nevada Divisions of Forestry, Wildlife, Parks and Lands. Once the AmeriCorps Interns finish their internship, they are well prepared to tackle new positions within GBI or outside of GBI.
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.
- 18-week appointment (March 25, 2018-July 26, 2018)
Capitol Reef National Park is located near Torrey, UT. The location is remote. The nearest gas station is 10 miles away and the nearest grocery store is approximately 30 miles away. A personal vehicle is required for travel/transport outside of work. There is currently no cell service in housing or near the duty station and it is spotty in other locations. Reliable cellular service is usually only found when nearing Torrey. The intern should find living in a remote location desirable. Located in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef NP is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges. In addition to unique geological resources, the park also has a rich cultural history.
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.
- Bachelor’s degree in Botany, Plant Taxonomy or other related field, or combination of related coursework in and direct experience and knowledge of plant taxonomy and ecology, including use of technical botanical keys (dichotomous plant key without pictures);
- Familiarity with plants of the Colorado Plateau, including rare, sensitive, threatened and endangered plants, preferable;
- Familiarity with, or proven ability and desire to learn, specific State and Federal laws and Park Service policies related to plants;
- Experience (one year) conducting floristic field surveys or vegetation monitoring (e.g., repeat photography, or transect and quadrat systematic sampling);
- Experience working with hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and data collection;
- Knowledge of GIS software (highly desirable, but not required);
- Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project/grant reports;
- Experience using digital cameras and computer software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Access, Excel); 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 the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
- Experience leading/guiding field technicians and/or volunteer groups to complete field tasks;
- Ability to work productively both independently and as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
- Ability to communicate effectively with team members, GBI and agency staff, and a diverse public;
- Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of time (e.g., digging, bending over, hauling material, hiking);
- Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
- Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field, if necessary;
- Good organizational skills; and
- Valid, state-issued driver’s license; clean driving record; and ability to safely operate a 4WD truck on paved and unpaved roads, including narrow, mountain forest roads.
- Living Allowance: $9,950 (allocated biweekly)
- Education Award: $2,255.24 (May be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans.)
- No-cost medical, dental and vision benefits provided
- Housing: The Park will provide housing in a 5-6-bedroom dormitory. The intern will have a private room with a shared bath, shared kitchen and common areas. The dormitory includes all appliances, coin-operated washer and dryer, some kitchen pots, pans and dishes, and internet service. Heat, electricity and water are included. A phone is available in each dorm and long distance calls can be made with a calling card. Housing is located approximately a 5-minute walk from the duty station.
How to Apply
Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=TCN&req=2018-ACI-049