Native Seed Intern – Salt Lake City, Utah

Native Seed Interns
Bureau of Land Management Nevada and Utah State Offices/ Great Basin Institute
Member will provide national service at Bureau of Land Management Service host site for the AmeriCorps Intern Program.
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is recruiting one (1) Native Seed Intern to join our AmeriCorps program to conduct seed collection and ecological restoration activities within the Great Basin on Department of Interior (DOI) lands in Utah
Primary Responsibilities:
·         Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program;
·         GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features;
·         Monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times;
·         Collecting seed from plant populations for both operational and conservation collections and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol;
·         Processing and shipping seed.
·         Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping as necessary.
·         Collecting tissue samples of target species for genetic analysis and processing and shipping.
·         Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities;
·         Assisting with the coordination of conservation crew work;
·         Assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events;
·         Provide support for arid land restoration projects;
·         Monitoring and maintenance of reciprocal transplant study plots;
·         Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects.
Related Responsibilities:
     Participate in trainings provided by BLM staff and community partners;
     Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis;
     Participate in required national service days; and
     Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings.
Physical Demands: 
Field work involves driving GBI trucks on both highways and 4WD roads, often for 100+ miles per day as well as hiking off designated trails or routes, across rugged terrain, up to 5 miles per day, but more typically 0-2 miles per day. Seed collection requires regular stooping, standing and maneuvering on uneven terrain for many hours a day. Weather conditions will vary from cold winds or rain in the early spring to temperatures over 100F in the summer. The use of global positioning systems (handheld GPS units), computers, PDAs, digital cameras, and on- and off-road vehicles are an essential part of the job. Camping under primitive conditions at remote locations on data collection trips will often be required. Schedules are often determined by plant phenology.  Incumbents must also be willing to spend days at a time working at a computer during periods of data entry and analysis.
·      Lift up to 50-70 pounds of material or equipment
·      Bend, lift, pull, and push
·      Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time
·      Drive for many hours a day on highways and 4WD roads.
·      Handle plant material for many hours a day.
·      Walk and stand for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment
·      Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season)
·      Occasionally work 10+ hour days
·      Travel and camp overnight & up to 8 days at a time for project work
  1. Living Allowance stipend*: $6,100
  2. AmeriCorps Education Award**: $1,538.36
  3. Medical, dental and vision insurance provided at no cost
Final living allowance amount and AmeriCorps Education Award value are determined by the length of the appointment.
** 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.
Timeline:  June–September 2018 (13 weeks)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (BLM)
Salt Lake City: Nestled in between the Great Salt Lake and the stunning Wasatch Mountains the Salt Lake City metropolitan area has a population of about a million people. As Utah’s capital and largest city it has a rich history and offers year-round recreation opportunities. The BLM Utah State Office in Salt Lake City manages nearly 23 million acres of public land in Utah, ranging from alpine wilderness to sprawling red rock deserts, which are widely recognized as some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
·         Bachelor’s degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, ecology, plant science, or related field;
·         Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with plants of the Great Basin;
·         Work independently or in pairs with little supervision and high attention to detail;
·         Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work as part of a tight knit team;
·         Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
·         Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;
·         Understanding and/or experience using ArcGIS Pro 2.0 software, ArcCollector, and Survey 123, helpful;
·         Willingness and ability to work in harsh, ever-changing desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team;
·         Ability to bend and stoop for long periods of time while collecting seed, and to use hand tools, and occasionally lift buckets of water and other 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;
·         Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days;
·         Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road;
·         Experience operating All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) on difficult terrain helpful; 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 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 Agreement; and
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 These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service.