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 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 email@example.com. 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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