Careers in the Plant Sciences

Botanist & Resource Technician

Salmon Valley Stewardship - Salmon, Idaho, United States

Position Title: Botanist & Resource Technician
Position Type: Temporary Position
Application Review Begins: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
Institution: Salmon Valley Stewardship
Department/Division: Botany
Field (e.g., systematics): Botany, Forestry
City: Salmon, Idaho, United States
General Information: Salmon Valley Stewardship Job Description

Title: Botanist/Resource Technician
Status: Full-time seasonal, exempt employee
Location: Salmon, Idaho
Reports to: Natural Resources Program Manager, Jenny Gonyer
Start Date: Estimated May 22, 2017
End Date: Estimated August 31, 2017, with potential extension to October

$12.50 - 15.50/hour, depending on experience. Vacation time will be provided for Memorial Day and Independence Day. Labor Day will be provided for if work extension is granted. No other paid time off is provided. This position is not eligible for health care benefits.

Salmon Valley Stewardship, founded in 2004, works to promote a sustainable economy and healthy environment in the Salmon Valley Region of Central Idaho. SVS has a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management to collect sage-grouse habitat data and conduct aspen stand health assessments to inform management decisions. SVS also has a cooperative agreement with the Salmon-Challis National Forest Service to collect upland vegetation data to inform the management of livestock grazing allotments within the SCNF. SVS crews work with public land management agencies, ranchers, and wildlife management agencies to collect vegetation and ground cover data, and assess aspen stand health. This data provides an idea of present rangeland condition, future rangeland health trends, and is used in the analysis of grazing permit renewals and restoration projects.

Position Summary:
The Botanist/Resource Technician’s duties at Salmon Valley Stewardship will primarily focus on plant identification and the collection of vegetation data in the Lemhi Valley, located in a remote and botanically rich region in Idaho. The majority of the Botanist’s time will be spent in the field collecting vegetation data with other members of the SVS range crew. The remaining portion of the Botanist’s time will be spent in the office entering data, identifying plants, or assisting with other SVS natural resource program activities.
Qualifications/Requirements: Qualifications:
● Experience/Education in systematic botany or related plant identification courses.
● Knowledge of vegetation of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem and forests of Central Idaho preferred.
● Ability to use a dichotomous key to determine or confirm plant genus and species where possible.
● Previous experience with Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) Protocol preferred but not required.
● Possess skills suitable for working and camping in remote and rugged outdoor environments with variable weather, sometimes alone.
● A safe driving record and a high comfort level with operating a 4-wheel-drive vehicle on rough roads.
● A high level of physical fitness (ability to hike up to 5-10 miles with a light pack).
● The ability to use a hand-held GPS device.
● Self-motivation and initiative.
● Organization and efficiency.
● Willingness to work flexible hours to accommodate field days when necessary.
● Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.
● Ability to train volunteers in various monitoring protocols and plant identification.
● Must have the ability to enjoy a good laugh with a bunch of plant nerds.
Responsibilities: ● Assist range crew in the collection of upland data in the Lemhi Valley as a crew botanist.
● Identify flora from upland settings to the best ability possible.
● Enter, edit, and quality control check collected data, primarily on rainy-office days.
● Represent SVS and communicate project details to community members and permittees.
● Assist the natural resources program manager in other program monitoring needs.

Work Expectations:
Full time seasonal position, 40 hours on average but will depend on climatic conditions and readiness of monitoring. Due to travel and consideration for time efficiencies, some weeks will exceed 8 hour days. Should these priority workloads be accomplished other tasks will be assigned on a weekly basis. Some field work may require camping.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): How to Apply: Email resume and cover letter in PDF form describing botany and field work experience, to
Please include in email title: Botanist Tech Job Application -Your Name .

SVS Office: 208-756-1686,

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis after March 24th.
Posting Date: March 20, 2017
Closing Date: March 31, 2017
Compensation Range: $12.5 - $15.5, depending on experience
Contact Name: Jenny Gonyer,