Title: Grassland Monitoring Technician – 2 Positions Available
Agency: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota
Work Period: June 12 – August 16, 2017
Pay: $12-$14/hr; Housing is provided
Job ID on Nature.org: #45061
Closing Date: January 30, 2017
The Technicians will be part of an exciting, long-term adaptive management project to track the response of native prairies to grazing and fire management. The Technicians will fill a critical role in helping the chapter to close the adaptive management loop.
The Technicians will be responsible for conducting rapid belt transect surveys in coordination with other Conservancy staff. Over the course of the summer, each Technician will work with another staff member to complete vegetation surveys at 8 locations across three different landscapes: Missouri Coteau (ND, SD), Black Hills (SD), and the Northern Tallgrass Prairie (MN, ND, SD). Data entry will also be part of the job. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance botanical skills and experience first-hand the unique beauty and biodiversity of the northern prairies.
Strong field botanical skills and experience conducting field sampling are preferred, but training will be provided for all aspects of the position. Experience working in grasslands or other terrestrial ecosystems of the upper Midwest or Great Plains is a plus. The individual must be willing and able to travel to different properties within the work area. The most important qualification is enthusiasm for working outdoors and the desire to learn.
Two Technicians will coordinate closely together with the assistance of a field supervisor over the course of the summer to complete the sampling. After a training period, they will often be in the field during the day working independently from their direct supervisor, with staff around in the mornings and afternoons for questions and interaction. Therefore, they should be able to work and communicate well with others as well as independently.
For questions about the position, contact Marissa Ahlering, firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>, but applications must be submitted online. Cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references required and should be uploaded as one document.
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