Natural Resource Coordinator

Great Basin Institute

Las Vegas, Nevada

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $17/hour
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one Research Associate (RA) to serve as the Natural Resource Coordinator.  This RA will oversee natural resource crews on multiple projects. These duties will be performed on the Spring Mountains located near Las Vegas, Nevada. The Coordinator will supervisor crew leads surveying for Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive (TES) species on pre- and post-project implementation sites. 

Duties may include management and training of Crew Leads and Members, QA/QC of collected data, reporting of accomplishments to GBI and Forest Service Supervisors, organization of project files, data entry into corporate databases, designing and editing database structure. Camping is required during some work weeks. Crews work Monday – Thursday, 10-hour days. Other duties may include: physical habitat restoration, seed collection, bird surveys, coordinating and working with and directing volunteer groups, butterfly surveys, herbicide application, weeds monitoring, collection and organization of herbarium vouchers, disturbance assessment, and wild Horse and burro utilization and monitoring.


• Bachelor’s degree in biology (botany, natural resource conservation, ecology) or a related field;
• At least one year of leading field crew(s) performing floristic and/or other field surveys;
• REQUIRED: Experience with ArcMap and database management (creating maps, managing large quantities of data etc.);
• Experience (one year) conducting restoration monitoring and maintenance work;
• Knowledge of plant taxonomy and ecology including the use of technical botanical keys;
• Experience identifying Desert flora and fauna;
• Experience writing data driven survey reports for biologist review;
• High attention to detail and excellent organization skills;
• Ability to work independently and manage complex projects;
• Ability to communicate well with a large diverse group of crew members, forest service staff, volunteers, and the general public;
• Ability to effectively and efficiently conduct volunteer program development, program promotion, interpretation, and media development;
• Experience in event coordination and promotion;
• Experience recruiting, scheduling, coordinating, training, and coaching volunteers;
• Ability to complete a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to US Forest Service indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has been completed prior to beginning the position.  

Successful applicant must complete a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to US Forest Service indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has been completed prior to beginning the position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.

Additional requirements:
o Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of time (e.g., digging, bending over, hauling material, hiking);
o Willingness to spray herbicide and acquire NV applicators permit;
o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; 
o Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field;
o Willingness to sometimes work irregular hours (e.g. pre-sunrise mornings, late nights past midnight, weekends);
o Ability to work productively both independently and as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; 
o Ability to communicate effectively with team members, agency staff, and a diverse public; and
o Valid, state-issued driver’s license; clean driving record; and ability to safely operate a 4WD truck on paved and unpaved roads, including narrow, mountain forest roads.


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