Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) Field Lead, Reno, NV
Great Basin Institute, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and US Forest Service
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies
organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service
through the west. The Institute’s mission is to advance applied science and
ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships,
supporting national parks, forest, open spaces and public lands.

The Ecological Monitoring Program at GBI serves as an excellent
professional development opportunity for natural resource professionals
looking for experience in botanical and rangeland surveys. This Program is
a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which
focuses on the conservation and management of natural, cultural, and
recreation resources in the Intermountain West while providing emerging
professionals opportunities to begin or enhance their careers.

In accordance with this strategy 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. Extensive training and technical field skills development
provides employees a unique opportunity to obtain valuable experience in
executing monitoring protocols that will increase their employment success.
University credit may be available at host institutions for internship or
practicum purposes.


In cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), The Great
Basin Institute is recruiting one experienced individual to serve as the
Habitat Assessment Framework Field Lead. The overall objective of this
habitat assessment effort is to perform detailed vegetation and site data
collection in support of the US Forest Service’s sage-grouse conservation
program.  Project sites are primarily located in Wyoming sagebrush,
pinyon-juniper woodlands and mountain sagebrush communities across northern

Work will include implementing the USFS and Bureau of Land Management’s
Sage-Grouse Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), a set of protocols for
habitat characteristics in support of sage-grouse conservation, and
monitoring upland and riparian vegetation in range allotments where sheep
and cattle grazing overlaps with sage-grouse habitat.   Implementation of
the HAF and range monitoring will generate data useful in evaluating the
amount, quality and composition of vegetation, which will inform
environmental analysis, policy and management actions. Related activities
may include participation in population surveys for sage-grouse and other
sagebrush-dependent species. During periods of field work, camping for up
to seven nights at a time will be required.

Field work will include:

·         Maintaining safety awareness and practices;

·         Navigating off-trail to sampling sites;

·         Establishing sampling plots and transects;

·         Following established protocols to collect data capturing
vegetation structure and composition;

·         Plant identification; and

·         Taking photo-points.

Additional duties include:

·         Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff;

·         Participation in GBI and agency trainings;

·         Data entry and management;

·         Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys;

·         Employing extensive QA/QC data checks; and

·         Leadership:

o   Supporting and managing a field crew;

o   Coordinating field logistics and scheduling; and

o   Report writing and completing administrative paperwork

*Location and Timeline:*

·         Reno, NV: April 16th to October 19th


   - $1,392 Biweekly Salary
   - $31/night camping per diem

·         Paid holidays and personal leave

·         Paid health coverage (medical, dental and vision)


   - Leadership experience, including supervising field crews and managing
   projects simultaneously.

*Technical requirements:*

   - Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences, such as: Botany, Wildlife Biology,
   Range Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources or
   equivalent experience;
   - Coursework or equivalent experience in plant taxonomy and/or
   - Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous
   - Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the Great Basin
   - Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols
   (HAF experience preferred), including standard rangeland monitoring
   protocols, photo plots, and site observations;
   - Experience with data entry and management;
   - Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project
   summary reports;
   - Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps;
   - Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads,
   often in remote areas on unimproved roads;
   - Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS
   units; and
   - Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).

*Additional requirements:*

   - Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting, and
   to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and
   team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of the AIM program and
   the mission of GBI;
   - Valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
   - Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual
   - Ability to work independently;
   - Ability to communicate effectively with team members, agency staff,
   and a diverse public;
   - Excellent organizational skills;
   - Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace
   - Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the
   - Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late
   nights); and
   - Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in
   all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of
   40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition.

*How to Apply:*

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