American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Forest Service
  • Camptonville, CA, USA
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Tahoe National Forest, Lead Botany Technician 

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest is seeking three Lead Botany Technicians. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation. 

The Lead Botany Technicians will plan, participate in, and conduct a variety of field studies of native and non-native botanical species and their habitats. They will coordinate with the Forest Service botanist in developing data collection plans for use in habitat and species condition analyses. The member will also meet with others to plan and coordinate work efforts, discuss technical requirements, and present study findings or discuss technical problems encountered or anticipated during project work. An appreciation of the outdoors and an interest in the beautiful Sierra Nevada is key to this position.

Start Date: April 5th, 2021

End Date: 22-26 weeks after start date

Location: Yuba River and American River Ranger Districts, which cover the western portion of the Tahoe National Forest

The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento) and extends from the foothills across the Sierra crest to the California state line. It includes over 850,000 acres of public land interspersed with 350,000 acres of private land in a checkerboard ownership pattern. Rivers, snow-capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year-round. A complex set of ecosystems are found as the terrain ascends from 1,500 feet along the western boundary to over 9,000 feet along the crest. The forest provides a variety of resources and recreational opportunities and is managed by the US Forest Service. 

Project Websites: For more information on ACE, please click here. For more information about Tahoe National Forest, please click here

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk and will receive a living allowance of $775-858/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. 

Housing: Housing may be available at a daily rate of approximately $10-20 per day. 

Project Objectives: 

Plant Surveys 

  • Participates and conducts a variety of routine and often complex field studies of native and non-native botanical species and their habitats 
  • Collects data for use in habitat and species condition analyses 
  • Collects survey and inventory data to determine species identity, population characteristics, environmental conditions and factors affecting the vigor and extent of the species and their habitat
  • Keeps records of all data and produces maps of survey areas 
  • Lays out monitoring plots by taking measurements and marking corners and boundaries 
  • Uses botanical keys and field guides to identify plants encountered during field trips or surveys of forest areas 
  • Compiles and summarizes vegetation types obtained from aerial and ground surveys, including forest health monitoring, biological evaluations, and pilot tests conducted as part of the project 
  • Compiles and summarizes the data obtained from surveys, inventories, biological evaluations and monitoring 
  • Uses computer systems and associated software for recording, organizing, storing, and analyzing data 

Invasive Plants 

  • Performs the full range of standard technical assignments consisting of a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks involving invasive non-native plant treatment, management, inventory, and monitoring 
  • Identifies invasive non-native plants using field guides and botanical keys, surveys for target plants, and responsible for collecting accurate data on infestation location and status, and treats invasive plant infestations 
  • Treatments primarily involve hand-pulling, hand tools, power tools, or mowers 
  • Performs physical labor and daily hiking, often to remote locations in rugged terrain under sometimes adverse weather conditions 
  • Uses global positioning systems (GPS), aerial photographs, topographic maps, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or compass in navigation 
  • A portion of time may be dedicated to data entry and other duties in a laboratory or office setting 

Native Plant & Pollinator Program 

  • Performs routine and often complex native plant, pollinators, and phenology surveys.
  • May conduct habitat enhancement projects 
  • Tends restoration gardens and other ecological restoration duties such as planting, seed collecting and cleaning, weeding, irrigation of paste plantings, or native plant nursery work 
  • Collects survey and inventory data to determine species identity, population characteristics, environmental conditions, and factors affecting the vigor and extent of the species and their habitat 
  • Keeps records and maps of all data and survey areas 
  • Schedules, organizes, and executes botanical projects involving native and/or non-native species 
  • Resolves common administrative and safety concerns related to the projects
  • Improves, adapts, and develops techniques, methods, and equipment based on experience, practical knowledge, and prescribed procedures
  • Determines program needs and recommends equipment for botanical projects and maintains equipment in operational condition
  • Compiles and summarizes the data after checking for discrepancies and inconsistencies 
  • Uses computer systems and associated software for recording, organizing, storing, and analyzing data 
  • Prepares reports on work methods, data collected, and project monitoring
  • Evaluates data and makes recommendations for habitat improvement 
  • Provides data to resource specialistsAssists with analysis, interpretation, and refinement of botanical data, and preparing reports 

Qualifications: Applicants will hold (or be pursuing) a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field, and have experience with botany, either in the field or through coursework. Individuals with Master's degrees are highly encouraged to apply. This is a highly demanding outdoor job that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, participation in the field, and a tolerance for adverse weather and demanding conditions. 

Training Provided: The Forest Service will provide the member with supervision and training with a botanist to learn about botanical disciplines (e.g. invasive plant removal techniques, GIS mapping, quantitative and qualitative plant monitoring, plant systematics and taxonomy, seed collection and restoration techniques). Nonetheless, a foundational knowledge of botany and plant identification is required for this position. 

Preferred Skills: 

  • Experience driving 4x4 and/or all-wheel drive vehicles safely in off-road conditions
  • Experience hiking over remote, steep, and rocky terrain in adverse weather conditions (cold/hot temps, light rain, etc.) 
  • Ability to navigate in remote areas using GPS, mobile devices, and maps
  • Ability to work as part of a team to meet project goals, as well as independently to complete survey tasks 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and ArcMap 
  • Competency in data entry work, summarizing and compiling data 
  • Leadership experience and conflict resolution

Required: 

  • Must have botany and plant identification skills and be willing to learn additional key skills 
  • Knowledge of basic taxonomic principles and characteristics of major plant families and experience using taxonomic keys 
  • Knowledge of the technical processes, procedures and techniques related to biological science samples, measurements, and analysis
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation 
  • Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group 
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • Proficient in English 
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request) 
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check 
  • ACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time
  • Members must be at least 21 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties. 

The member must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. 

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/ 

Note: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE USFS Member Coordinator, Amanda McGarry, at amcgarry@usaconservation.org or 385-271-4072. 

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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