Vegetation Technician - Mojave Desert Network Inventory & Monitoring

Great Basin Institute

Boulder City , Nevada

In cooperation with the National Park Service Mojave Desert Network (MOJN) Inventory & Monitoring (I&M), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting an experienced Vegetation Technician to work cooperatively with National Park Service staff to monitor vegetation. MOJN I&M has developed and standardized monitoring protocols to collect scientifically rigorous data on a prioritized set of vital signs that will aid parks manage their natural resources. Data on vegetation, soils, and target invasive species will be collected. The overall objective for this season is to collect Integrated Upland (IU) monitoring data in Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. Additionally, this Vegetation Technician position may occasionally monitor desert spring vegetation.

General field duties include:

  • Implementing Integrated Upland (IU) protocols designed to address MOJN I&M’s vital signs (training will be provided);
  • Walking long distances over uneven terrain;
  • Hiking with backpacks that weigh 30+ pounds;
  • Establishing permanent monitoring sites;
  • Collecting vegetation and soils data using established procedures;
  • Taking GPS points and photos at each site;
  • Conducting quality analysis/quality control for all data collected, either in the field or in the office; and
  • Collaborating with MOJN staff in project planning, oversight of field safety and logistics, field protocol and data QA/QC, equipment organization and maintenance.

The field work is dynamic and may be carried out across the MOJN parks (Castle Mountains National Monument, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Great Basin National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Mojave National Preserve). This position will require regular travel and camping during the field season in order to ensure that all plots are successfully completed during the field season, and may require long hours including early mornings and weekends. When needed, the Vegetation Technician may assist with Spring Vegetation Monitoring data, Pine Monitoring, and Aspen Monitoring.

Additionally, opportunities might be provided to participate in other projects and activities (e.g. writing training materials or local plant guides, assisting the hydrology monitoring projects and acoustic bat surveys).


  • 4-month appointment beginning April 2018, or pending availability and completion of DOI Background Investigation
  • Potential for 2-month extension pending available funding and positive performance review
  • Full time, 40 hours per week; overtime and/or weekend hours may be required occasionally


  • $15/hour
  • Health Insurance


The Mojave Desert Network’s (MOJN) main office is located in Boulder City, Nevada, near Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Boulder City is a 20 minute drive from the city of Henderson, which lies on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses nearly 1.5 million acres in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, including mountains, canyons, valleys, and two vast lakes. From the mouth of the Grand Canyon, the park follows the Arizona-Nevada border along what was formerly 140 miles of the Colorado River. Opportunities for recreation abound.

MOJN consists of eight National Park Service units: Castle Mountains National Monument, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Great Basin National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Mojave National Preserve. These park units are spread across three states: Arizona, California, and Nevada. The MOJN parks fall within three contiguous semi-arid desert ecosystems, from the Great Basin Desert in the north, to the Mojave Desert, and then to the Sonoran Desert in the south.

Housing is not provided, although there might be park housing available at a reasonable rate.


Technical requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the major natural sciences; applicants with a background in soils or botany preferred;
  • Experience living or working in, and/or knowledge of Mojave Desert, desirable;
  • Understanding of basic principles related to field science and data collection;
  • Be able to utilize dichotomous keys for plant identification with knowledge and/or field experience of plant ecology in the Mojave Desert region, desired;
  • Ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass and to read a topographical map;
  • Ability to collect data using handheld GPS units, preferred;
  • Willingness to work collaboratively in a team setting;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with the public, coworkers, and Technical Advisors both orally and in writing, and respond in a professional manner to inquiries from the public regarding work activities;
  • Motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter that has the flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities and possesses strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in all types of weather and terrain in the harsh Mojave Desert environment;
  • Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office environment;
  • Physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand working and camping in an arid, desert environment;
  • Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred;
  • Comfortable with flexible weekly schedules as it may change in response to project needs;
  • Ability and willingness to camp in Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument for the length of the field hitches (potentially 4 day or 8 day field hitches depending on weather, plot locations, or other logistics)
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; and
  • Ability to pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.


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