Forestry Intern: Whitebark Pine Inventory and Monitoring

Great Basin Institute

Reno , Nevada

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Southwest (PSW) Region, is recruiting a Forestry Intern to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to collect inventory and monitoring data in whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) stands across its range in the Sierra Nevada and Cascades, to establish baseline conditions of forest health and structure.  Activities will include navigating to and establishing plots for sampling, and collecting field data at each plot on site attributes, vegetation (trees, understory, ground cover) characteristics, and litter attributes. Additional data on tree regeneration and fuels will also be collected. Monitoring objectives are to determine patterns of mortality, regeneration, and recruitment of whitebark pine populations in the Sierra Nevada; evaluate status and trend of whitebark pine stands exposed to mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola), or other stressors including climate change; assess effectiveness of restoration treatments conducted in whitebark pine stands; and validate and calibrate forest health risk models in whitebark pine stands of the USFS PSW Region.

A two-person field crew (one technician and one intern) will perform this work in collaboration with USFS staff. Training will be provided on methods and approaches, and other project-specific tasks. Camping at a work site for several days will be required to meet project objectives.

Compensation and Timeline:

  • Living Allowance: $6,000 total, disbursed biweekly
  • Education Award*: $1,538
  • Health insurance

Duration: 12-week appointment starting in June 2018.

* AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest payment on qualifying student loans is also available.

Location: Work will be based at GBI offices in the Reno/Carson City, NV area. Training and initial field work will take place near the USFS PSW Remote Sensing Lab in Bishop, CA (Inyo National Forest). Throughout the season, field work will be conducted in designated USFS areas along the length of the Sierra Nevadas and northward into the southern Cascade Range (near Lone Pine, CA in the south to near Alturas, CA in the north).

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Botany or other related natural science field, with coursework and experience that demonstrate understanding of the principles of forestry;
  • Familiarity with the forests typical of high elevations in the Sierra Nevada, including common plants (woody and herbaceous), wildlife, and/or geology/topography, desirable;
  • Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols;
  • Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Experience using ArcGIS to create maps;
  • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units;
  • Experience using a compass and topographic map to navigate;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting;
  • Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a forested and/or high desert environment in all seasons;
  • Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for multiple consecutive days;
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFS; and

Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of two in a lifetime, regardless of award amount), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

HOW TO APPLY

Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal:

http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/Careers.aspx?rf=PD&REQ=2018-ACI-024

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