Careers in the Plant Sciences

Biological Science Technicians (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest)

Great Basin Institute - Santa Rosa, Carson City, Wells, Elko, Ely, Las Vegas, Bridgeport, NV, CA, United States

Position Title: Biological Science Technicians (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest)
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): Invasives
City: Santa Rosa, Carson City, Wells, Elko, Ely, Las Vegas, Bridgeport, NV, CA, United States
General Information: The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is recruiting (15) AmeriCorps Biological Science Technicians to participate in non-native, invasive plant species survey, treatment, and monitoring for the forest's noxious weed control program. The primary focus of this position will be the manual and chemical treatment of invasive and noxious weeds. Most of this work is conducted using backpack sprayers, UTV’s, and large 4WD spray vehicles traveling on remote 4WD roads. Appropriate personal protective equipment will be supplied by the Forest Service and always utilized by Technicians. A tablet with FieldMaps, Avenza Maps, and EDDMapS West will be used to record plant populations. A Garmin InReach device will be provided for added safety measures, depending on location stationed at.

Additional Experience Opportunities:
• Learning new monitoring methods and participating in range and ecology vegetation surveying.
• Post fire restoration efforts.
• Improving GIS skills through database management.
• Assistance with federal resume building and navigating USAJobs.

Contract Timeline:
We are hiring different durations at the following lengths:
• 33-week (1200-hour AmeriCorps Term) duration beginning March 2024
• 26-week (900-hour AmeriCorps Term) duration beginning April 2024
• 19-week (675-hour AmeriCorps Term) duration beginning Late May 2024
• 13-week (450-hour AmeriCorps Term) duration beginning Late May 2024
• All Positions are Full Time: 40 hours/week

Location:
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Rising from the floor of the Great Basin—the vast expanse between the Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains where creeks and rivers flow inland rather than to the ocean—the steep, green mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest provide critical water, wildlife habitat, and incredible adventures for visitors and residents. Ghost towns and historic mining cabins dot these vast, largely undiscovered sky islands that offer freedom, solitude, and a sense of discovery and adventure for the self-reliant. Although mostly remote, the Forest also borders some of the busiest urban areas in the country—Las Vegas and Reno. For more information about this incredible landscape, please visit the
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest fact sheet. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd498235.pdf

Available duty locations will be based at some or all the following locations (NV):
• Santa Rosa Ranger District Office,
• Carson City Ranger District Office,
• Wells/Elko Ranger District Office,
• Ely Ranger District Office,
• Las Vegas Ranger District Office, &
• Bridgeport Ranger District Office (CA)

Please state on your cover letter your preferred duty location and availability for the position.

Compensation and Benefits:
• Living Allowance Stipend: $675/week ($1,350.00 biweekly before taxes)
• Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $4,826.50 for 1200-hr term, $3,447.50 for 900-hr term, $2,626.27 for 675-hr term, & $1,824.07 for 450-hr term. (Upon successful completion, the award may be used for past, present, or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition)
• $20/day field camping per diem when applicable
• $250 Uniform Stipend
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance provided at no cost to participant
• Eligibility for SNAP benefits, Federal Student Loan Forbearance, & Federal Interest Accrual Repayment
• On-site barrack housing available for all locations at a minimal cost to technicians, that can be discussed during the interview process.
• Housing stipends will be provided to if barrack housing is unavailable.
Qualifications/Requirements: Technical requirements:
• Knowledge and interest in botany and plant identification;
• Willingness to utilize chemical herbicide treatment methods, and ability to pass Nevada State Applicator exam (training and study time will be provided prior to the exam);
• Ability to utilize hand-held GPS units or tablets for navigation and/or data collection preferred, along with basic computer skills;
• Ability to carry backpack sprayer or up to 30 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
• Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off-road, including mountainous forest roads, preferred;
• Knowledge and experience in operating off highway vehicles such as Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) desirable; and
• Experience with towing and backing-up a trailer, desirable.

Additional requirements:
• Ability to self-direct and self-motivate;
• Possess good organizational skills;
• Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days;
• Ability to bend and stoop for long periods of time, and to use hand tools, and occasionally lift 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 (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;
• Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and able to hike up to 5 miles daily on uneven terrain;
• Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of time (e.g., digging, bending over, hauling material, hiking);
• Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and

Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements:
(1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
Responsibilities: Primary duties:
• Treat invasive plant infestations (Treatments primarily involve using herbicides, but may also be accomplished by hand-pulling and/or using hand tools, power tools, mowers, and other standardized control methods);
• Identify non-native plant species using various field guides and survey methods for target plants;
• Collect data on infestation location and status;
• Accurately record data related to invasive plant treatments according to specific protocols; and
• Perform basic mathematical calculations related to herbicide mixing and applications.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): To learn more and apply, please visit our site.
Compensation Range: Living Allowance: $1,350.00 biweekly. Education Award: $1,824.07 - $4,826.50 depending on length of term.
Contact Name: Tyler, RA@thegreatbasininstitute.org