The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office, is recruiting one individual to join our AmeriCorps Program as Seeds of Success (SOS) Native Seed Collection Technician. The Technician will conduct native seed collection and associated activities (e.g. seed cleaning and storage) in support of the Colorado Plateau Native Plants Program (CPNPP). The overarching goal of the CPNPP is to “improve the quality of, and increase the availability of, native seed commercially available for use in restoration and reclamation in areas of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.”
Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), empowers young people to attain compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship. SECC is a local, non-profit, AmeriCorps affiliated organization based out of Chattanooga, TN. SECC selects young adults ages 16 – 35 (depending on specific program), to complete conservation work projects on public, private and municipal lands throughout the Southeast.
- Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program;
- Monitoring and maintenance of reciprocal transplant study plots;
- 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 and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol;
- Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping seed as necessary.
- Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities;
- Participating in restoration projects, including planting native plants, watering plants, repairing fences, removing non-native plants;
- Assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events
- Assisting with the coordination of conservation crew work;
- Provide support for arid land restoration projects;
- Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects.
- Participate in trainings provided by BLM and USGS staff and community partners;
- Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis;
- Participate in community service days organized by NCC Program; and
- Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings.
The interns will be based out of the BLM Southern Nevada District office, which is located in northwest Las Vegas, NV. The Southern Nevada District Office manages more than three million acres of Mojave Desert in Clark and Nye counties. The scenery varies from dramatically colorful geologic landforms and largely unspoiled panoramic vistas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to remote and rugged wild landscapes of Gold Butte Back Country Byway.
Timeline:February 2017 – August 2017
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Many positions, essentially ecological in nature, are available through the Great Basin Institute.
The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. This program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West.
As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term ecological data at multiple scales across western public lands.
In some locations, participants will also implement the BLM Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), which is aimed at collecting habitat assessment data on public land with the purpose of informing conservation efforts for sage-grouse habitat. Opportunities in other locations (Boise, ID, Wenatchee, WA) apply AIM sampling to post-wildfire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) monitoring.
In accordance with these strategies and through partnerships with multiple agencies, GBI’s ecological monitoring program is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.
To find a full list of these openings, please see the "View Current Openings" link at http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/. A brief overview of the program is inserted below.