In cooperation with the National Park Service Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Restoration Technician to support resource management and restoration at JOTR, and focus on the following duties: Restoring disturbed sites (revegetation, watering, monitoring); assisting with exotic plant eradication; assisting the nursery manager with plant propagation and nursery maintenance; organizing and maintaining GIS and other databases; and assisting with other resource management projects. Orientation and safety trainings will be presented throughout the year.


  • $21.75/hour
  • Health and Dental Benefits


  • July-August 2015 – July-August 2016, possibility of extension pending positive performance review and funding availability
  • Full time, 40 hours per week, possibly including some weekends

Location: Joshua Tree National Park encompasses nearly 800,000 acres in southern California.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, restoration ecology, botany, environmental studies/science, wilderness management or related discipline;
  • Experience in performing field work, and applying methodological protocols for collecting field data;
  • Familiarity with invasive/exotic plant species and associated resource issues, and experience in performing weed inventories, treatment and monitoring;
  • Experience in applying revegetation and other restoration techniques;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
  • Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;
  • Experience using ArcGIS software;
  • Familiarity with the flora of the Mojave and Colorado/Sonoran Deserts preferred;
  • Willingness and ability to work, hike, and lift, carry and use equipment in harsh, variable desert conditions;
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, possibly including some weekends; and
  • Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads.

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

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