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Botany Intern

The Great Basin Institute

Torrey ,  Utah
Botany

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), is recruiting one Botany Intern to join our AmeriCorps program. The Botany intern will be a member of a 3-4 person crew assisting natural resource staff with plant surveys and monitoring demographic plots for three federally listed plant species. Plant surveys will consist of walking across the landscape searching for plants and recording their locations and other pertinent information using a Trimble GPS unit data dictionary. Cacti data will also be collected in demographic monitoring plots and stored in a GPS data dictionary. Office work will consist of downloading data from the GPS units into an ArcGIS geodatabase, labeling photos, and organizing datasets in an Excel spreadsheet. 

A general knowledge of plants of the southwest would be helpful but is not required. Survey work involves hiking off designated trails or routes, across rugged terrain, up to 10 miles per day, but more typically 2-6 miles per day, and may also require field camping and possibly backpacking. Weather conditions will vary from cold winds or rain in the early spring to temperatures nearing 100o F in the summer. Other challenging field conditions include high winds and gnats or other biting insects. Experience driving four-wheel drive vehicles on high clearance, dirt roads would be beneficial, but is not essential.

Interns may also assist natural resource staff with spotted owl and peregrine falcon surveys, invasive plant control and/or cultural resource monitoring. Interns will be supervised by the park Biologist.

Timeline

  • 27 March - 30 June 2017 (14-week appointment)

Compensation

  • Living Allowance: $5,072.10 (allocated biweekly)
  • Education Award: $1,527.45 (May be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans).
  • No-cost medical, dental and vision benefits provided
  • Housing: The Park will provide housing in a 5-6-bedroom dormitory. The intern will have a private room with a shared bath, shared kitchen and common areas. The dormitory includes all appliances, coin-operated washer and dryer, some kitchen pots, pans and dishes, and internet service. Heat, electricity and water are included. A phone is available in each dorm and long distance calls can be made with a calling card. Housing is located approximately a 5-minute walk from the duty station.

Location

Capitol Reef National Park is located in southern Utah about 12 miles east of the small town of Torrey. The location is remote. The nearest gas station and convenience store is in Torrey and the nearest grocery store is approximately 30 miles away. A personal vehicle is required for travel/transport outside of work. There is no cell service in the park headquarters or in the housing area. . Reliable cellular service is usually only found when nearing Torrey. The intern should find living in a remote location desirable. Located in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef NP is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges. In addition to unique geological and botanical resources, the park also has a rich cultural history.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree – or coursework and relevant experience – in Botany or related field;
  • Previous experience with vegetation monitoring and surveys;
  • Experience following established protocols for field data collection and management;
  • General knowledge of southwestern plants preferred;
  • Proficiency using  a digital camera, GPS and ArcGIS preferred;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access preferred;
  • Willingness to work to accomplish the goals and mission of the NPS and GBI;
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, traverse uneven terrain and withstand strenuous exertion;
  • Experience in backcountry field work preferred;
  • Clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on paved and unpaved high clearance roads; and
  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

How to Apply

Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=CONSBOARD&req=2017-ACI-003

We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.



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