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Posted: 03/22/2013

Great Basin Institute
Nevada Conservation Corps

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs.

Land Health Assessment Field Technician
Internship Opportunity
Ely, NV
Open Until

Description: The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management in Nevadais recruiting field technicians for land health assessment teams across the state. These teams will consist of three members including a Crew Lead. Each team will be comprised of environmental scientists (ecologists) having diverse areas of training and expertise to work cooperatively in a field based setting. The overall objective of the team is to perform land health assessments through the assessment of soil, hydrology and biological (vegetative) conditions; water quality and quantity sampling (Proper Functioning Condition); and baseline data collection for Sage Grouse habitat and other indicator species. Data are utilized for adaptive management decisions, restoration projects, and/or to improve wildlife habitat to achieve a healthy and productive ecological condition. The principle purpose of this project is to generate an understanding of the process used to develop land health assessments, including the data capture and evaluation.

Duties: General field duties include walking long distances over uneven terrain, and will require Field Technicians to identify vegetation, characterize soils, and collect GPS and photo points. Office tasks may include assisting with data organization, processing and QA/QC; post-processing GPS points; and contribute to report writing. 

Field Course: Participate in a field-based environmental methods and field protocols training on the Black Rock NCA and additional BLM trainings. 

Compensation:$9,000 living stipend, $2,775 AmeriCorps education award, student loan forbearance and daily field per diem.

Contract length:  April 8 - October 4

Location: This position will be based out of Ely, Nevada. 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, and potentially cold, damp winter weather. Resources include sage-grouse habitat, big game habitat, Wilderness Study Areas, active grazing allotments, abandoned mine lands, historic and prehistoric cultural sites, and wild horse management areas.

Qualifications: Bachelors degree in one of the major natural sciences, understanding of basic principles related to field science and data collection, including vegetation identification, ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass and to read a topographical map, ability to collect data using handheld GPS units, preferred, ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience, willingness to work collaboratively in a team setting, physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand working and camping in an arid environment, possess a clean, valid, state-issued drivers 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 the equivalent of two full-time education awards), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

How to apply
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, Human Resources Assistant at agladding@thegreatbasininstitute.org. The Great Basin Institute and this program prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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