Wanted: Desert Tortoise Survey Monitors in Las Vegas, NV


The Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is federally listed as a

threatened species north and west of the Colorado River under the

Endangered Species Act.  Desert tortoise monitoring will assist researchers

in estimating population density.   Monitoring occurs during April and May

to coincide with the peak activity season of desert tortoises. Ten (10)

AmeriCorps field monitors will be required to demonstrate proficiency in

backcountry wilderness field skills, including but not limited to 4WD

vehicle operation, use of GPS and topographic maps, and PDA technology.  In

addition, field monitors will be field tested on their knowledge of and

ability to follow monitoring protocols thoroughly and precisely. Field

monitors will work for 5 consecutive days with 2 days off. Monitors must be

available to work any of the 7 days each week, with the understanding that

the schedule is subject to change with little or no notice.  Field camping

is required.  This position will require long hours including early

mornings and may include weekends.


=E2=80=A2 $4,420.00 Living Allowance

=E2=80=A2 $1,221.96 Education Award*

=E2=80=A2 Field Per Diem

=E2=80=A2 No cost Health insurance (medical, dental, vision) provided

=E2=80=A2 Student loan forbearance/interest accrual*

*AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future

education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student

loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest payment on qualifying student

loans is also available.

Contract & Timeline:

o March 13, 2017 =E2=80=93 May 12, 2017 (9 weeks)

o Full-time, up to 40 hours per week

o Weekend hours may be required during field season

Location: Las Vegas, NV


o Bachelor=E2=80=99s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or

related field;

o Experience collecting field data or following established field data

collection protocols;

o Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and/or data


o Knowledge of southwestern/Mojave flora and fauna desirable;

o Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working

in a diverse team environment;

o Ability to work a variable schedule (including weekends) that may change

with little or no notice;

o Ability to walk a minimum of 10km/day in challenging terrain and harsh

and rapidly changing desert conditions, and otherwise be in good physical


o Willingness to camp in the desert backcountry for consecutive days;

o Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver=E2=80=99s license;

o Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road if required; and

o 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 equivalent of two full-time terms of

service), (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


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