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Invasive Plant Management Field Technician

Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition

Elko, Nevada

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $18.50/hr
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC), based in Ely, NV, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of environmental conservation through projects, research, education, and partnerships throughout the arid and semi-arid West.

The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC) is hiring six (6) Invasive Plant Management Field Technicians to work in the Elko, NV District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This project is funded through a cooperative agreement between the Elko District BLM and ENLC. ENLC’s Elko Noxious and Invasive Weed Management Program plays a pivotal role in supporting critical BLM initiatives, including inventorying locations of noxious weeds and other invasive species, using an Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) approach to determine the most effective method of invasive species control, stabilization and rehabilitation of disturbed areas, and adaptive management for controlling new invasive species. Through these efforts, this program makes a meaningful impact on the environment, maintaining the health of our native landscapes on public lands. 

The field technicians will be responsible for conducting noxious weed inventorying, monitoring, and mechanical and chemical treatment activities. The crew will be based out of the Elko District BLM Office and will work throughout the District. Much of the work will take place in remote locations in variable weather conditions. Some camping may be required but would be the exception. Successful candidates must pass the Nevada Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator’s certification.

The Invasive Plant Management Technicians will encounter a variety of opportunities for professional development, including exposure to a spectrum of noxious and invasive plant management techniques, overcoming day-to-day challenges of working in remote settings, and the ability to effectively support the success of a mission-driven non-profit organization. This exciting role contributes to ENLC’s significant positive impacts within the fields of environmental research, education, and conservation. 

FIELD TECHNICIAN DUTIES:

  • Technicians will inventory, monitor, and control noxious weed populations.
  • Inventorying includes identifying invasive plants to the species level, surveying and mapping infestations with GPS receivers, capturing digital photo points, and managing data.
  • Monitoring noxious weed populations using standardized protocols to ensure treatment effectiveness.
  • Control infestations with herbicide applied via backpack sprayers and UTVs with boom sprayers.
  • Daily logistics coordination with key BLM staff and Crew Lead.
  • Driving large 4x4 trucks with UTV trailer on highways and on remote two-track roads.
  • Safely and effectively apply various herbicides to noxious weeds following standard protocols and laws.
  • Ability to carry up to 40lbs, while hiking over uneven terrain.
  • Obtain Nevada Department of Agriculture applicator’s license.
  • Safe and effective use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which will be provided.
  • Safe operation of UTVs.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

Preference is given to those with experience in the following fields: invasive plant management, biological sciences, natural resources, botany, GIS, rangeland management, or general plant taxonomy and the ability to follow directions and safety protocols. Applicants must be experienced with 4WD vehicles and should have a clean driving record for the past three (3) years. Preference is given to applicants with experience using GPS units and
ArcMap. Plant identification experience is a plus.

WAGE AND BENEFITS: $18.50/hour (plus $40 per diem when camping). Benefits include a $200 monthly health insurance allowance and a weekly $75 housing allowance, and eligibility to Pro Deals, such as Outdoor ProLink.

SCHEDULE: This position runs from late April or early May through September or October 2024 with 40-hour work weeks. Successful candidates are responsible for their own housing while working on this project.

ABOUT THE ELKO, NV AREA: The Elko District BLM encompasses 12.5 million acres and has topography typical of the Great Basin with broad valleys separated by mountain ranges. Nestled in the valley of the Ruby Mountains, it is only a 20-minute drive into one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the state. Often described as the Swiss Alps of Nevada, the Ruby Mountains’ steep peaks rise nearly 5,000 feet above the valley below, capped by Ruby Dome at over 10,000 feet. The drive to the top of the infamous Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway is less than an hour from Elko, where the hikes range from half days to multi-day thru-hikes on the Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail, highlighting jagged peaks and stunning alpine lakes. In the wintertime, the Rubies boast 200+ inches of cold smoke snow each year; seducing snowshoers, snowmobilers, yurt hikers, and powder-hungry backcountry and heli-skiers alike. North of Elko, the Jarbidge Wilderness beckons to climbers and canyoneers, and can be found chock-full of wildflowers in the spring and summer months.

The city of Elko (population 21,000) is located along the I-80 corridor and is approximately 230 miles west of Salk Lake City, UT and 290 miles east of Reno, NV. Full of rich Nevada history, local attractions include the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the well-known Basque Festival. The Humboldt River cuts through Elko’s city center, and hot springs are located right outside the city. Elko was ranked in the top 62% best cities to live in the world in 2022. 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three (3) references in a single document to Ties Thompson at tthompson@envlc.org. Please put “Elko Invasive Plant Management Field Technician” in the email subject line and state where you found the job announcement (i.e., job board, ENLC website, word of mouth, etc.). Applications are accepted until positions are filled. For more information about ENLC, visit http://www.envlc.org/ or contact Ties if you have questions.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Botany, General / Stewardship, Restoration
Tags Trail Maintenance, GIS, Entomology