The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting a Project Lead to coordinate and implement an experimental biocontrol study of the ability of weed-suppressive bacteria (WSB) to curb Cheatgrass growth and thereby promote native perennial grass growth. The primary duties for this position include: establishing a statistically valid study design, coordinating with FWS biologists and private landowners to implement this design, establishing field study plots (both control and treatment), gathering baseline monitoring data on these plots; treating Cheatgrass populations through WSB application; and mapping treatment areas and plant populations using paper datasheets and a GPS unit. Some of this work will require using a backpack sprayer, traveling on unimproved 4WD roads, and camping in remote areas.

Field sites are located in northern NV.

o Beginning immediately through completion of scope of work.
o Hours as necessary to complete scope of work.

o $7,500

Technical requirements:
o Advanced degree, or Bachelor’s degree plus relevant experience, in Life Sciences, such as: Botany, Range Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources or related subject;
o Coursework in plant taxonomy and/or systematics (transcripts may be requested);
o Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous key; familiarity with native and invasive plants of northern Nevada and associated natural resource issues preferred;
o Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols, including standard rangeland monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations;
o Experience in experimental design and project management;
o Experience with data entry and analysis;
o Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project/monitoring summary reports/grant reports;
o Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps;
o Experience working with hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and data collection;
o Experience working with GIS software;
o Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access);
o Willingness to utilize bio-herbicide treatment methods, and ability to pass Nevada State Applicator exam;
o Ability to carry backpack sprayer or up to 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; and
o Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off-road.
o Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and able to hike 2-5+ miles daily on uneven terrain; and
o Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.

How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, GBI HR Coordinator, at Please include where you found this position posted and your preferred location. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone inquiries, please.

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