Terrestrial Field Crew Leader

Tetra Tech

Ely, Nevada

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $18 - $19 hr.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you want to do meaningful work that improves quality of life? At Tetra Tech, you will work with high-performing teams who are passionate about using their expertise to find solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. 

We are currently seeking enthusiastic and experienced Terrestrial Field Crew Leader to assist with vegetation and soils monitoring throughout the Ely District of Nevada BLM lands. The position is based in Ely, Nevada. Travel to and from Ely, Nevada is not included. Salary will range from between $18-$19 per hour, depending on experience, plus $50/day non-taxable camping per diem. This is an excellent opportunity to work outdoors and learn new skills in a beautiful location.


  • Conduct vegetation and soils monitoring for BLM AIM (https://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/)
  • Monitoring will follow established BLM protocols and training will be provided
  • The Crew Lead will coordinate with the Project Manager on logistics to ensure that project timelines and budgets are met
  • The Crew Lead will be responsible for daily safety briefings and ensure that all project field data are transmitted to the Project Manager
  • This position requires extensive travel in remote areas during the field season, with eight days/seven nights of overnight camping per field hitch anticipated
  • Field hitches are eight 10-hour days, Tuesday to Tuesday, with six days off between hitches
  • The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude and demonstrated plant taxonomic skills with flora and soils knowledge of the sagebrush, grassland, and pinyon-juniper ecosystems of the Great Basin and Mohave desert
  • Experience conducting field work, including monitoring, surveying, hiking in remote areas, and camping, is preferred
  • Following fieldwork completion by end of September, office tasks will include data entry and management and assisting with report preparation through November 1st


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Botany, Ecology, or related field, or working toward this type of degree with a minimum of 12 semester hours as indicated above
  • 1-3 year relevant work experience
  • A strong background of coursework and/or experience in botany, soils, ecology and conducting field work is important
  • Must have a minimum of 12 semester hours or technical courses in the area of plant identification, botany, soils, rangeland plants, agriculture, or crop science
  • Staff performing monitoring must be able to identify and key out sagebrush-steppe plant species and habitats found in the Great Basin and Mohave desert, specifically Nevada
  • They must also have knowledge of rangeland ecosystems and soils
  • Attention to detail, ability to work independently, willingness to work as part of and lead the team, and the ability to stay positive and effective during long days in the field are critical
  • Applicants must be willing to work in sometimes difficult conditions, and often miles from the vehicle. Physical challenges typically encountered may include long off trail hikes, steep slopes, extreme hot and cold conditions and biological hazards (animals and plants)
  • The successful applicant will be safety conscience, and continually assess ways to mitigate hazards. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and have experience driving a four-wheel drive pickup truck on rough terrain, ability to operate ATVs/UTVs and the ability to trailer equipment and backup trailers for loading and unloading

Other Desirable Knowledge and Experience:

    • Knowledge and/or experience identifying plants and soils in the field and using dichotomous keys
    • Knowledge and/or experience leading botanical and soil surveys and a variety of vegetation sampling techniques such as line-point intercept and other BLM AIM core methods
    • Experience with electronic field data collection devices and software (GPS units, handheld tablets, ArcCollector for GIS, Survey123)
    • Ability to use standard office software (Excel, Word, Outlook, Access etc.) and report writing
    • Attention to detail and good communication skills, including written 
    • Positive attitude, willingness to learn, and enjoy working outdoors
  • First Aid/CPR certification
  • Wilderness First Aid preferable.

About Tetra Tech:

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. We combine the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients. 

At Tetra Tech, we provide a collaborative environment that supports individual performance, innovation, and creativity. We are proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits. Learn more by visiting http://www.tetratech.com/en/benefits.

For more information on our company, please visit our website at www.tetratech.com, follow us on Twitter (@TetraTech or like us on Facebook.


To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on the Careers portion of our website at www.tetratech.com/careers.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Tetra Tech is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

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