In partnership with the National Park Service Parashant National Monument, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Ecology Crew Lead to support NPS resource management initiatives while gaining professional experience through project work and interaction with NPS resource managers. The Ecology Crew Lead will support a crew of 2-3 technicians and will collaborate with NPS to identify invasive plants, collect survey data, and run statistical analyses. Field data have been used to inform the NPS fire program about expected fuel loads along major points of access to potential fires and to help identify an effective weed treatment program.
Participate in safety, field work, and technical training;
Conduct vegetation surveys in coordination with other crew members and NPS resource managers;
Ensure the field crew follows protocols and best practices for field safety;
Oversee field data collection, including quality assurance checks and maintaining fidelity to methods;
Manage field data by performing quality-control checks, and compiling, organizing, and storing data according to established protocols;
Analyze data to permit interpretation and application to resource management; and
Support other resource management on the Monument.
St. George, UT. Parashant National Monument is located in the northwest corner of Arizona, bordering Nevada to the west and near the southern border of Utah. The Monument protects a variety of biological, geological, hydrological, paleontological, archeological, cultural, and historical resources. Vegetation communities are diverse, ranging from Joshua trees in the Mojave Desert at 1,247 feet above sea level up to ponderosa pine forests and small aspen groves at Mt. Trumbull at 8,028 feet. Numerous caves, geologically recent cinder cones and lava flows, desert springs, ancient pueblos, petroglyphs, and historic mining and ranching structures are among its resources.
• Wage: $17.00/hour
• Benefits: Paid health insurance, personal leave, and holidays
• 6-month appointment: mid- March - mid-September 2019
• 40 hours/week, general Monday-Friday
Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Ecology, or related discipline;
Experience in collecting field data according to established protocols;
Experience in leading a crew to collect high-quality field data according to protocol with strong attention to field safety;
Familiarity with the ecology and resources of the Monument region;
Willingness and ability to work safely and productively in remote field locations;
Ability to navigate with map and compass, and to use a GPS unit for navigation and collecting spatial data;
Ability to utilize ArcGIS software to build maps, organize and manage data, and manipulate data layers;
Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing mutual goals and communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
Flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and
Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, able to lift 50 pounds, and be in overall good physical condition; prior experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates, desirable.
Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
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