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Ecology Assistant




Category

Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Boulder City, Nevada

Tracking Code

3745-984

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular

             National Park Service – Mojave Desert Network

Length:

Term of positions is 23 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk

Location:

Boulder City, NV

Living Allowance:

$545 /week (pre-tax)

Housing Allowance:

$105/week

AmeriCorps Award:

Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $2,474 (pre-tax).

Start Date:

03/06/2023

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by 12/2/2022

Title of Position

Ecology Assistant

 

Position Details:

Stewards Individual Placements (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. Stewards in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and Mojave Desert Network are seeking two interns who will assist with collecting long-term monitoring data on vegetation communities and target invasive species for the following protocols: Integrated Uplands, Spring Vegetation, White Pine, and Aspen. One of the two positions will also spend time assisting with our bat monitoring project; capturing bats to sample them for the presence of the fungus that causes White-Nose Syndrome. The Mojave Desert Network is one of 32 Monitoring Networks across the NPS, using information gathered for planning, research, education, and to help guide decisions related to park management. For more information see their website:

https://www.nps.gov/im/mojn/index.htm

The field work is dynamic and may be carried out across the MOJN parks (Castle Mountains National Monument, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Great Basin National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Mojave National Preserve). This position will require regular travel and camping during the field season in order to ensure that all monitoring is successfully completed during the field season, and may require long hours including nights, early mornings, and weekends.

 

Position Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with vegetation monitoring protocols designed to address MOJN I&M’s vital signs (training provided).
  • Hiking long distances (10+ mi), on and off trail, over uneven terrain.
  • Hiking with backpacks weighing 30+ pounds.
  • Establishing permanent monitoring sites.
  • Collecting vegetation data using established procedures.
  • At least one position will assist with bat capture surveys, though they may not be able to directly handle bats.
  • Collecting GPS points and photos at work sites.
  • Conducting quality assurance/control for all data collected, either in the field or in the office.
  • Collaborating with MOJN staff in project planning, field safety, logistics, field protocols, data QA/QC, and equipment organization/maintenance.

 

Minimum Requirements:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or in one of the major natural sciences; applicants with a background in vegetation monitoring preferred
  • Willingness to camp for multiple days in front and backcountry settings
  • Valid, state-issued driver’s license
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Applicants must pass a criminal background check which requires fingerprinting by park law enforcement or your local police department prior to start date.
  • Willingness and ability to temporarily live and work in remote locations.
  • Willingness and ability to work safely and productively in harsh and variable desert conditions, including extreme heat.
  • Willingness and ability to hike long distances (10+ mi), on and off trail, carrying up to 30-40 pounds of field gear.
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must be a US Citizen and able to pass background checks.

 

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience hiking in desert environments
  • Experience identifying plants, using dichotomous keys, of the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts, including upland and riparian species
  • Experience with data entry and quality assurance using database programs such as MS Access
  • Experience using with Microsoft Office products (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation, including Survey123 and Field Maps
  • Experience with mist netting bats

 

Benefits:

  • Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $2,474 (pre-tax).
  • Housing Allowance: $105/week
  • Living Allowance: $545/week (pre-tax)
  • Wilderness First Aid

 

How to Apply

Apply on-line at: https://stewardslegacy.org/open-positions.  In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.

If you have questions about this position please contact Sierra Miller, smiller@conservationlegacy.org, Stewards Program Coordinator.

 

Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

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