Careers in the Plant Sciences

SOS Crew Members (Seeds of Success)

Great Basin Institute - San Francisco, CA, United States

Position Title: SOS Crew Members (Seeds of Success)
Position Type: Temporary Position
Application Review Begins: Friday, February 09, 2024
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 06, 2024
Institution: Great Basin Institute
Department/Division: Research Associate Program
Field (e.g., systematics): Seed collection, GIS
City: San Francisco, CA, United States
General Information: The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting up to 4 positions of seed collection crew members for crews that will range across the parks and refuges of the San Francisco Bay Area from a base location in the East Bay, to Refuges in the Sacramento Delta, and even as far as the northern San Joaquin Valley. Under the direction of the National Park Service, the selected candidates will implement the Seeds of Success (SOS) seed collection protocol on both National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service lands.

Contract Timeline:
• 26-week appointment beginning in April 2024 pending favorable DOI background investigation.
• Full-time (40 hrs./wk)

Location:
Negotiable, but must be in the immediate San Francisco Bay area, preferably the East Bay to minimize travel. Base of operations must be an NPS or FWS established location.

Compensation and Benefits:
• Wage: $19/hr.
• A housing stipend is included at approx. $125/wk.
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost
Additional benefits:
• Eligibility for pro deals through GBI, such as Outdoor Prolink and Black Diamond
• Training provided; SOS Seeds Collection and Protocol training, Wilderness First Aid, Defensive driver's training (eligible for discounts on your personal vehicle insurance), report writing, and technical skills trainings;
• Opportunity to network with GBI and federal partners for career advancement
Qualifications/Requirements: Technical requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, ecology, plant science, taxonomy/systematics, or related field;
• Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with plants of the Great Basin;
• Experience with data entry;
• Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
• Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;
• Familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road;
• Understanding and/or experience using ArcGIS Pro, and ESRI apps like Field Maps and Survey 123, helpful.

Additional requirements:
• Willingness and ability to work in ever-changing desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, and as part of a team;
• Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites, or poorly developed sites for multiple days, up to 8 days;
• 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, to follow plant phenology, or for coordination with team members.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
• Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work as part of a tight knit team (Crews will be two people, which requires technicians to co-lead, take initiative, and behave in a manner that promotes team integrity);
• Ability to work independently or in pairs with little supervision, strong initiative, and high attention to detail;
• Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.
Responsibilities: Duties Include:
• Coordinating closely with agency staff for target species and collection location selection, followed by scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for collection;
• Mapping of populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features using tablets, handheld devices, ArcGIS Online, ArcPro, and ESRI apps such as FieldMaps and Survey 123;
• Monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times;
• Collecting seed from plant populations for both operational and conservation collections in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol;
• Processing and shipping seed following standard industry procedure;
• Collecting herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping in accordance to the SOS Technical Protocol;
• Collecting tissue samples for genetic analysis and processing and shipping, as necessary;
• Certifying seed collections following state agency protocols;
• Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities;
• Photographing collection sites and plants;
• Maintaining and regularly conducting inventory of field gear;
• Daily and monthly vehicle checks;
• Driving a truck up to three hours a day;
• Traveling in a truck up to five hours a day;
• Assisting with the coordination of conservation crew work;
• Assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events;
• Assisting with species survey work, as needed;
• Providing support for restoration projects;
• Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects; and
• Participating in trainings provided by GBI, DOI agencies, and community partners.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): To learn more and apply, please visit our site.
Compensation Range: $19.00/hr
Contact Name: Kelly, RA@thegreatbasininstitute.org