Desert Tortoise Field Crew Supervisor

The Great Basin Institute

Las Vegas, Nevada

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $1,480 bi-weekly salary

The Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is federally listed as a threatened species north and west of the Colorado River under the Endangered Species Act. Desert tortoise monitoring will assist researchers in estimating population density. Monitoring occurs during April and May to coincide with the peak activity season of desert tortoises. Field Crew Supervisors will be required to demonstrate proficiency in backcountry wilderness field skills including but not limited to 4WD vehicle operation, field safety and emergency response protocols, proficient use of GPS and electronic data collection technologies, as well as navigation using topographic maps and compasses. In addition, Field Crew Supervisors will be field tested on their ability to follow monitoring protocols thoroughly and precisely.

Nine (9) Field Crew Supervisors will be hired to provide on-the-ground technical assistance and support to field technicians, as well as conducting field inspections of data for quality, accuracy, completeness, and adherence to monitoring protocols. Each Field Crew Supervisor will independently supervise up to five monitoring technicians and will themselves participate in data collection. In addition, Field Crew Supervisors will assist Monitoring program staff with pre-training field logistics, such as ground-truthing transect maps and start points, and constructing field training courses. This position will require long hours including early mornings and may include weekends.

Contract Timeline:

  • March 7, 2022 – May 13, 2022
  • Full-time, minimum 40 hours per week
  • Weekend hours may be required during field season

Location:Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas)

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $1,480 bi-weekly salary
  • Field per diem
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost

Job Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or related field desired. (Bachelor’s degree will be considered based upon field and leadership experience);
  • Experience collecting field data and following established field data collection protocols;
  • Experience conducting LDS or working with desert tortoises desirable; 
  • Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and/or data collection;
  • Knowledge of southwestern/Mojave flora and fauna desirable; 
  • Experience supervising one or more individuals;
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment;
  • Ability to work a variable schedule (including weekends) that may change with little or no notice; 
  • Ability to walk a minimum of 12km/day in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing desert conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition;
  • Willingness and ability to camp in the desert backcountry for consecutive days;
  • Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred;
  • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license; and
  • Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road.
  • Able to pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and FBI criminal background checks.

EEO Statement: 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.

COVID-19 Status Update: As part of Great Basin Institute’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy, all employees are required to receive and provide proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccine prior to the first day of employment, unless a medical or religious exemption is submitted and approved. All employees covered by this policy are required to be fully vaccinated as a term and condition of employment at Great Basin Institute. Employees are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing primary vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine, with, if applicable, at least the minimum recommended interval between doses. As of December 21, 2021, GBI now requires booster shots to maintain Fully Vaccinated status.


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