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Orchard Management Specialist - Capitol Reef National Park Posted Mar 23
Great Basin Institute , Torrey, UT

Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $20/hour
Required Experience: 0 - 1 years

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), is recruiting an Orchard Management Specialist to join our Research Associate Program to assist the horticulturist and natural resource staff at Capitol Reef National Park with restorative and corrective pruning of historic fruit trees (principal focus), and orchard management and research. Park orchards consist of about 2,000 historically significant and heirloom fruit and nut trees that are managed as a cultural resource. The Specialist will gain experience in approaches to and applied techniques for managing and assessing horticultural resources at the park. Further professional development opportunities include engaging with federal resource management staff and exposure to other invasive/vegetation management practices.

The Orchard Management Specialist will lead a crew of 2-3 technicians to perform pruning and other management activities in the orchards in late winter/early spring. In addition to leadership skills, this position requires an interest in physically demanding work (long periods of physical labor, including walking, squatting, lifting, bending and carrying 30+ pounds) and hands-on learning. Field activities involve use of tools, such as shovels, pick mattocks, pruners, wire cutters, fencing pliers, post pounders, ladders, wheel barrows and miscellaneous other hand tools. The Specialist may also use power tools and machinery such as weed whips and wood chippers. Field work can be repetitive and physically challenging. Long periods will be spent outside in cold weather performing restorative and corrective pruning. Capitol Reef is located in a semi-arid high-elevation Colorado plateau environment and is home to a number of venomous animals including spiders and snakes. Predators include coyote, bobcats and mountain lions. Challenging field conditions include gnats and biting flies during certain seasons. This position is at least 80% field based. The work also requires knowledge of botany and horticulture and the ability to apply knowledge to an analytical situation.

The ideal Specialist will have an interest in working for the National Park Service or for other public lands agencies, be passionate about protecting historical resources, and enjoy or be interested in applied horticulture. The Specialist will be advised by the park Horticulturist.


Bachelor’s degree plus relevant experience in Horticulture, Botany, Biology, Ecology, Agronomy, Natural Resource Management, Entomology or other related field;
Experience (1 year minimum) with and knowledge of orchard and/or nursery management, vegetation monitoring, and botanical assessments;
Experience and demonstrated success in leading a crew in the field to achieve intended outcomes;
Experience in following established protocols for field data collection and management;
Proficiency using a digital camera, GPS and ArcGIS;
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access;
Willingness to work to accomplish the goals and mission of the NPS and GBI;
Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, traverse uneven terrain and withstand strenuous exertion; and
Clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate an off-highway vehicle, as well as a 4WD pickup on paved and unpaved roads.

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