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NDOW Rangeland Assessment Technician – The Great Basin Institute
For the 2023 field season, GBI is recruiting Rangeland Assessment Technicians to work with GBI and NDOW staff to implement rapid ecological assessment methods to evaluate restoration treatment success. Under the supervision of a Crew Lead, technicians will characterize vegetation and site conditions on several pilot post-wildfire sites, predominantly located in eastern Nevada on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.
During the first week of training, the typical schedule is 5 days on (Monday-Friday) and 2 days off. During field work, car camping for 8 day “hitches” (Wednesday-Wednesday) in remote locations will be required, followed by 6 days off (Thursday-Tuesday). At the end of the field season, there is one week of office work, primarily focused on data QC and season wrap-up.
Field work will include:
- Maintaining safety awareness and practices;
- Extensive 4×4 driving on unmaintained roads;
- Navigating off-trail to sampling sites;
- Establishing or revisiting sampling plots and transects;
- Collecting vegetation data (including species inventory, ocular foliar cover, and species );
- Taking photo-points;
- Making qualitative landscape assessments for treatment success;
- Identifying plants to species in the field and/or using dichotomous keys; and
- Supporting extensive QA/QC data checks.
Additional duties include:
- Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff;
- Participation in GBI and agency trainings; and
- Entering data into both Field Maps and Survey 123 software.
- 16 weeks from May to September, flexibility available
- Tentative Start Date: May 15th or later within the week
- Based out of NDOW Field Office in Reno, Nevada
- Crews will travel across Northern Nevada to monitor sites on BLM lands in the Ely District.