About the position
Two technicians are needed to conduct baseline vegetation monitoring in southeast Idaho. The project will measure vegetation and assess habitat condition on Blackfoot River, Georgetown Summit, Portneuf, Sterling, and possibly other Wildlife Management Areas in the Southeast Region. Housing is available, but may include a combination of shared bunk houses or camper trailers at different locations throughout the summer.
With or without reasonable accommodations, this position requires the physical ability to work in extreme weather conditions, ranging from hot and sunny to cool and rainy, with sometimes extreme insect conditions (mosquitos, ticks). The applicant must be able to walk off-trail for several miles a day, lift up to 40 lbs., climb or descend steep hills, bend down to look at plants on the ground, and work and hike in very dense vegetation with downed logs, all while being aware of and avoiding hazards such as sunburn, dehydration, unstable ground, wasps, large mammals, streams, and open water.
The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate 4x4 vehicles safely on rough, narrow dirt roads. This position may require safe travel on water using canoes, kayaks, or similar boat.
The successful applicant must have at least 2 years of college coursework in botany, plant ecology, forest ecology, wetland ecology, rangeland ecology, and/or a related discipline. The applicant must be able to collect data accurately, pay attention to detail, and have experience with plant species identification. Ability to enter data while in the field on a tablet is required. The applicant must be able to work and communicate effectively and cooperatively with co-workers, agency partners, and the public. The applicant must work as a team member, be safety-conscious, and have a positive attitude with occasionally difficult working conditions up to 10 hours per day.
• Bachelor’s degree in botany, ecology (plant, forest, wetland, range), environmental science, natural resources, or related discipline, with at least one plant identification course, and ideally an ecological field methods course
• Experience identifying and preserving plants, monitoring or sampling vegetation, and conducting ecological fieldwork, preferably in wetland, riparian, shrubland, and/or forest habitats of the inland Pacific Northwest
• Experience using field equipment (e.g., tapes, compass, clinometer, topo maps, camera, GPS unit, etc.)
• Experience collecting, quality checking, and managing data using databases or spreadsheets; experience with collecting and managing field data electronically using tablets is ideal