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Seasonal Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leads - Ely, NV

Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition

Ely ,  Nevada


The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC) is currently seeking crew leads for our vegetation monitoring crews for the upcoming 2017 field season. Located in Ely, Nevada, the ENLC is a non-profit conservation organization comprised of public, private, and non-profit partners dedicated to the restoration of Western ecosystems through collaborative teamwork. The ENLC conducts a variety of vegetation/wildlife monitoring projects throughout Nevada and surrounding states. We are requesting applications for a minimum of one to three (1-3) vegetation monitoring crew leads to work out of our main office in Ely, NV.

VEGETATION MONITORING CREW LEAD DUTIES: Crew leads’ primary responsibility will be to oversee and aid in the collection post-fire vegetation response data in burned areas on public lands managed by the BLM as part of the Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ES&R) program. Data collected will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of post wildfire rehabilitation treatments. Crew leads will be responsible for driving (in company vehicles) and hiking to sampling locations, following rigorous sampling protocols for data collection, data quality control, data entry, and aiding in the preparation of technical reports.

Crew leads will also be responsible for direct supervision of their technicians, ensuring that data is being collected efficiently and accurately, facilitating communication between their crew and the ES&R Coordinator, monitoring the condition of field equipment, and maintaining and enforcing ENLC policies and safety standards in the field.

Field work will involve driving on and navigating backcountry dirt roads, hiking and navigating potentially long distances off trail, establishing and monitoring plots using the BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, all while camping in the backcountry for 4-8 days at a time, sometimes in adverse weather conditions.

Other duties include data entry using the Database for Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment (DIMA), collection of herbarium quality plant specimens, identifying plants to species in both a field and office setting, communicating effectively in a small crew setting, and operating safely in sometimes harsh and stressful field conditions.

LOCATION: Ely is centrally located in the Great Basin and offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. Hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, bouldering, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, disc golf, fishing and hunting opportunities abound near the town of 4,200 people. Over 20 separate BLM and USFS designated wilderness areas occur within three hours of Ely, and several national parks, including Great Basin (60 miles), Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon National Parks, are located within a six hour drive. In addition to outdoor opportunities, urban centers such as Salt Lake City and Las Vegas are only a four hour drive. For outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers, Ely is a perfect place to experience.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Applicants should have graduated from a program in biological sciences, ecology, natural resources or a related field. The ideal applicant will have at least two years of experience in plant identification, operation of 4WD vehicles, GPS navigation, and field work in remote areas. Previous experience in a leadership role and experience with the BLM’s AIM protocol is highly desired.

Applicants will be required to hike 2-10 miles a day while carrying a pack with field equipment, and be comfortable with truck camping in the backcountry for up to 8 days at a time in sometimes harsh weather conditions.

COMPENSATION: $17-$18/hour depending on experience (plus $34/day per diem when camping)

SCHEDULE:  Positions will begin in mid-April and continue through late August to September as needed. Work will occur on an 8-days-on/6-days-off schedule (10-hour days). 

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least three references to Patrick Hellmann at All materials should be emailed by February 24th, 2017.

More information about our technician positions available for our 2017 season can be found here.

For more information, please visit our website ( or email any questions to Patrick Hellmann at

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