About the position
A biologist is needed to conduct research on plants of grasslands, shrub steppe, and other communities of Idaho. The biologist will provide input into project development, examine literature for information, plan project activities, and analyze, interpret, and report on data.
With or without reasonable accommodations, this position requires travel for 2-3 months during the field season, and camping in remote areas for up to 2 weeks at a time for ~5 weeks. This position requires the physical ability to work in extremely hot weather with no shade (>100° F), walk off-trail for up to 6 miles per day, traverse slopes of >30°, and bend down to look at plants on the ground, all while carrying gear and being aware of hazards such as badger holes, rattlesnakes, streams, and open water. Mosquitoes and ticks may occasionally be present. The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate 4x4 vehicles safely on rough, narrow dirt roads.
Dates Needed: This is a 3.5 month position starting mid-May. There may be an opportunity to extend this position. Extension would be dependent upon Department need and employee performance.
Projects will focus on monitoring and surveying for rare plants. Monitoring includes counting stems on belt transects and assessing canopy cover by quadrat and line-intercept methods. Surveying includes searching for new locations based on habitat and soil traits, mapping and documenting locations, and making herbarium specimens.
The successful applicant must have at least a Bachelors Degree in botany or a related field, and have experience using botanical field equipment, making herbarium specimens, analyzing data, and planning, executing, and reporting on field research. The applicant must be able to collect data accurately, pay attention to detail, and teach methods to others. Good handwriting a plus. The applicant must be able to work effectively and cooperatively with co-workers, agency partners, and the public. The applicant must work as a team member and have a safety-conscious and positive attitude in sometimes difficult working conditions up to 10 hours per day.
- Master’s degree in botany or related field and at least 2 plant identification courses
- Experience identifying plants of Idaho, particularly grassland and shrub steppe communities