The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service’s Lassen and Plumas National Forests are recruiting Botany Technicians. These are field oriented positions that will be completing surveys or implementing invasive weed treatments in response to burned area restoration within the Dixie Fire burn scar. Data related to invasive plant infestations will be collected using a variety of methods including field forms, tablets (using apps such as Avenza, Survey123, and Field Maps), and GPS programs. Technicians are responsible for data quality assurance and quality control, ensuring all data is entered into the appropriate databases of record, and for compiling and summarizing data for reports.
Botany Technicians will also assist with implementing the USFS Noxious Weed Management Program by treating existing infestations, mapping infestation ranges, and conducting Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) surveys. Treatments will include the use of manual and mechanical control measures including hand pulling, clipping, tarping, and the use of gas-powered weed eaters and herbicide application. Technicians will have data management responsibilities similar to those described for rare plant work.
Botany Technicians will be stationed at the Boulder Creek Work Station on the Plumas National Forest and will serve under the direction of USFS Staff. Field work will occur in remote locations, where cellular connections are unavailable or inconsistent. Field conditions may include hot summer weather, potential thunderstorms, poison oak, insect bites, and wildlife encounters. Candidates should have good physical fitness, the ability to operate vehicles safely on rough, narrow roads, including the use of 4WD, and the ability and willingness to hike steep slopes and endure hot temperatures throughout the summer.
- Treat invasive plant infestations (Treatments primarily involve using herbicides, but may also be accomplished by hand-pulling and/or using hand tools, power tools, mowers, and other standardized control methods);
- Identify non-native plant species using various field guides and survey methods for target plants;
- Collect data on infestation location and status;
- Accurately data related to invasive plant treatments according to specific protocols; and
- Perform basic mathematical calculations related to herbicide mixing and applications.
- Lead field crews and manage logistics during training and while working on conservation projects
- Accurately prepare data for submission to agency partners
- Responsible for the safety of crew and general public
- Ensure projects are complete to the highest standards
Contract Timeline: August 22, 2022 – November 18, 2022
Location: Boulder Creek Work Station on the Plumas National Forest
Compensation and Benefits: This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living allowance dependent on their length of service. The living allowance is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The allowance is paid to members in biweekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award also dependent on the length of service that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
- Living Allowance: approximately $18/hour (depending on experience)
- Per Diem: $7.25/day spent in the field. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $58.00 biweekly. Crews typically combine per diem funds and shop/prepare meals as a team.
- Campground provided with shower and bathroom.
Segal Education Award:
After successfully completing an AmeriCorps term of service members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. For this term of service the education award amount will be $1,678.57. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.
Student Loan Forbearance:
If you are currently paying on any federal student loans you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, that will allow you to cease payments while serving.
Interest Accrual Repayment:
As AmeriCorps alum, you are eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible to have accrued interest paid: The loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility:
AmeriCorps Volunteers qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute.
- The position requires some knowledge or interest of methods and procedures used botanical surveys (e.g., visual encounter surveys, plant identification).
- The duties require some knowledge of the basic principles of botanical resources.
- Current Driver License with clean driving record (must qualify to drive GBI Vehicles)
- Ability to self-motivate and maintain a positive attitude.
- Ability to walk long distances in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing mountainous conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition;
- Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
- Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting; and
- Ability to work on a variety of different projects with changing priorities.
- Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and
- Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.