Working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eagle Lake Field Office, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two Biological Science Technicians to assist BLM resource specialists with noxious weed treatment and monitoring.
- 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 for target plants;
- Collect data on infestation location and status;
- Accurately and legibly record data related to invasive plant treatments according to specific protocols; and
- Perform basic mathematical calculations related to herbicide mixing and applications.
This is a primarily field-based position which requires physical labor and daily hiking. Service will be performed in an outdoor environment that ranges from cold and wet to hot and dry. This work may require physical exertion over steep, wet, muddy, slippery, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; and may include bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and similar activities. There is potential for overnight camping in remote areas, but it is not required. BLM seasonal crews typically serve 4 10-hour day work weeks (Mon-Thu).
- AmeriCorps Living Allowance: $12,060.00 (approximately $960 biweekly before taxes)
- AmeriCorps Education Award*: $3,047.50 (upon successful completion)
- Housing Stipend: $75/week
- Field Camping Per Diem: $15/day if applicable
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no-cost
*AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans. Student loan forbearance is also available.
- Knowledge and interest in botany and plant identification – prior experience with invasive plant management preferred;
- Willingness to utilize chemical herbicide treatment methods;
- Experience utilizing hand-held GPS units or tablets for navigation and/or data collections preferred, along with basic computer skills;
- Ability to carry backpack sprayer or up to 40 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
- Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
- Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing mutual goals and communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
- Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented;
- Ability to work in challenging environmental conditions, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and perform required physical activities; 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) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.