Vegetation Monitoring Technician (Fuels/Forestry) -Nevada


The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC) is currently seeking two (2) vegetation and soils monitoring technicians to complete one crew for the upcoming 2019 summer field season to work in the Elko, NV District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Located in Ely, Nevada, the ENLC is a non-profit conservation organization comprised of public, private, and non-profit partners dedicated to the restoration of Western ecosystems through collaborative teamwork.

Elko is located in the remote, northeastern corner of Nevada. The area has a unique blend of Northern Basin and Range and sage brush steppe attributes including many mountain ranges available for exploring and recreating. The rugged Ruby Mountains lie 20 miles to the southeast of Elko and offer unique hiking, backpacking, climbing, fishing and camping experiences. The city of Elko has a lively downtown area and hosts cultural events throughout the summer (including the International Basque festival, rodeos and the Ruby Mountain Relay).

MONITORING DUTIES: Field crews’ primary responsibility will be to collect

pre- and post-vegetation treatment response data on public lands managed by the BLM as part of the Fuels program, utilizing Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM), plant density, timber-cruising, and fuel-break monitoring protocols. Collected data will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of various vegetation treatments. Techs will be responsible for driving 4-WD trucks, hiking to sampling locations, following rigorous sampling protocols for vegetation and soils data collection, data quality control and data entry. Technicians will assist vegetation monitoring effort on post-fire rehabilitation areas, as well.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Applicants should have graduated from a program in biological sciences, botany, ecology, natural resources or other field and/or have prior working experience in natural resources. Experience in plant identification and a general knowledge of plant taxonomy is required.

Applicants must be able to hike 2-10 miles a day while carrying a pack with field equipment and be comfortable with truck camping in the backcountry for up to 8 days at a time in sometimes harsh weather conditions. Preferred applicants will be experienced with Microsoft Excel and Access, 4WD vehicles, GPS navigation, Great Basin plan identification, and have had a clean driving record for the past 3 years.

SALARY: $15-$16/hour, depending on experience (plus $38/day per diem when camping). Crew members are responsible for their own housing while working on this project.

SCHEDULE: Positions run from the early-mid through the end of September

(October) and the work schedule will occur on an 8-days-on/6-days-off schedule (10-hour days, Thursday-Thursday). The crew will camp near the inventory sites for the eight days of work- returning to town mid-way through hitch to take care of data uploading and to replenish H2O, gear, and fuel.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least three references to Steph Frederick –  . Application materials will be accepted until all positions are filled. Start and end dates flexible. Please put “Fuels Monitoring Technician” in the email subject line.

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