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Posted: 05/16/2013

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.

Native Seed Technician
Internship Opportunity
Las Vegas, NV
$3,500 stipend + $1,468 education award
Open Until


The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District Office to conduct seed collecting and ecological restoration activities throughout BLM Southern Nevada District lands. Two Technicians will be hired to support current, on-going, and future restoration efforts. Specific tasks include: Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program; GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features; monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times; collecting seed from plant populations and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol; taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping seed as necessary; recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities; participating in restoration projects, including planting native plants, watering plants, repairing fences, removing non-native plants; assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events; assisting with the coordination of conservation crew work; reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects. 


Compensation and Timeline: 

Rate of Pay: $3500 living allowance + $1,468 education award; 3 month renewable contracts beginning June 3, 2013 August 30, 2013 or upon availability; Full time, 40 hours per week (overtime may be required occasionally).



The technicians will be based out of the BLM Southern Nevada District office, which is located in northwest Las Vegas, NV. The Southern Nevada District Office manages more than three million acres of Mojave Desert in Clark and Nye counties. The scenery varies from dramatically colorful geologic landforms and largely unspoiled panoramic vistas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to remote and rugged wild landscapes of Gold Butte Back Country Byway. Recreation opportunities abound and viewing sites for desert plants and animals are easily accessible.



Bachelors degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, plant science, or related field; experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with Mojave Desert plants; experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation; ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass; understanding and/or experience using ArcView GIS software, helpful; willingness and ability to work in harsh, ever-changing desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team; ability to bend and stoop for long periods of time while collecting seed, and to use hand tools, and occasionally lift buckets of water and other heavy loads; ability to work a non-standard schedule, such as beginning at 5 am, to avoid heat-related issues, or for coordination with team members; ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days; valid, state-issued drivers license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road; experience operating All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) on difficult terrain helpful; and meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) must be at least 17 years of age and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED (or be willing to achieve this before using education award), (3) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (4) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

How to apply
Qualified and interested applicants forward a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three professional references to Genevieve Parker, Human Resource Coordinator at gparker@thegreatbasininstitute.org 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.
Genevieve Parker
Phone: 7023314140
3903 Raymert Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89121

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