Rangeland Management Field Technician
Great Basin Institute / U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest


The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is recruiting eight (8) Rangeland
Management Field Technicians to participate in botanical survey,
monitoring, and treatment projects for the forest's statewide noxious weed
control program. The primary duties include treating noxious weed
populations by hand or through chemical application of herbicides,
inventorying wilderness and non-wilderness forestlands for noxious weed
populations, and mapping treatment areas and plant populations using a
hand-held PDR (personal data recorder) and GPS unit. The majority of this
work is conducted using UTV and large 4WD spray rigs (trucks) traveling on
remote 4WD roads. A multi-week training session including invasive plant
and noxious weed identification, herbicide safety (including applicator
certification), technical training with PDRs and associated software, UTV
and 4WD operation, and first aid will be provided at the beginning of the
field season.


*Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest*

Rising from the floor of the Great Basin—the vast expanse between the Rocky
and Sierra Nevada Mountains where creeks and rivers flow inland rather than
to the ocean—the steep, green mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National
Forest provide critical water, wildlife habitat, and incredible adventures
for visitors and residents. Ghost towns and historic mining cabins dot
these vast, largely undiscovered sky islands that offer freedom, solitude,
and a sense of discovery and adventure for the self-reliant.  Although
mostly remote, the Forest also borders some of the busiest urban areas in
the country—Las Vegas and Reno. For more information about this incredible
landscape, please visit the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest fact sheet

3 openings are available:  one in the Santa Rosa Ranger District located in
Paradise Valley, NV; one in Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger
District located in Elko, NV; and one in the Austin-Tonopah Ranger District
located in Austin, NV.  For more information on each district, please visit
the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Visitor Guide

*Timeline: *

   - April 30, 2018 – November 1, 2018
      - 27 weeks
   - 40 hours/week

*Compensation:  *

   - Living Allowance: $10,888.78 (allocated biweekly)
   - Education Award: $2,907.50 (May be used for past, present or future
   educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student
   - $15/day field camping per diem when applicable
   - ACA Compliant MEC Health Insurance (medical, dental, vision,
   prescription) benefits at no cost to employee

   - Crew Members will be assigned to their respective ranger district for
   the 2018 field season.  USFS housing will be available on each district
   at a rate of $5.25/day.


Technical requirements:

   - The successful candidates will possess knowledge and interest in
   botany and plant identification - prior experience with invasive plant
   management preferred;
   - Willingness to utilize chemical herbicide treatment methods, and
   ability to pass Nevada State Applicator exam;
   - Experience utilizing hand-held GPS units and/or PDRs for navigation
   and/or data collections, along with basic computer skills;
   - Ability to carry backpack sprayer or up to 40 pounds in a backpack,
   and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
   - Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off-road, including mountain
   forest roads;
   - Knowledge and experience in operating off highway vehicles, which
   includes Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV), and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV),
   desirable; and
   - Experience with towing and backing-up a trailer, desirable.

Additional requirements:

   - Ability to self-direct and self-motivate;
   - Possess good organizational skills;
   - 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;

   - Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual
   goals and follow safe working practices;
   - Previous USFS Link Pass access, preferred;
   - Communicate effectively with a diverse public; and
   - Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving
   - The successful applicant(s) must complete the following background
   checks: (1) AmeriCorps Criminal History Check (state and federal), (2)
   National Sex Offender registry check, and (3) USDA Forest Service
   background investigation.

*How to Apply: *

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