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Seeds of Success Crew Member

Company: Conservation Corps New Mexico
Location: Santa Fe
Posted on: February 15, 2020

Job Description:

Job Type Temporary Salary Details $500/week Job Description: Position Title: Crew Member (Botany Emphasis) Position Type: Full-time (40 hours/week), temporary, 20-24 weeks Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico Salary: $500/week Benefits: Paid training; Food budget while in the field; AmeriCorps Education Award upon satisfactory completion of term, Employee Assistance Program. Hiring Benefits: Pubic Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. Program Dates: June 1, 2020 - October/November 2020 Crew Member's Responsibilities Participates in the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico Seeds of Success (SOS) team by collecting seeds from priority species across New Mexico. Demonstrates strong botanical and organizational skills, and maintains exceptional attention to detail in relation to data collection and management. Effectively coordinates with the crew lead and supervisor to complete tasks properly. Exhibits familiarity and comfort with hiking and camping in rugged conditions, as well as perseverance in extreme weather conditions. Demonstrates passion for botany and eagerness to learn the local flora from the crew lead and local resources to build botanical knowledge throughout the position. Program Overview The crew members will work with a crew lead for the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Seeds of Success team, operated by Conservation Corps New Mexico. Crews will be based out of the Santa Fe field office under direction of BLM State Botanist, Zoe Davidson. Together, the crew will collect seeds from native species in remote areas on BLM and Forest Service lands across NM, following SOS protocols. The crew will collaborate with regional crews to make seed collections. The crew member will receive training from the crew lead and will participate in a regional seed collection training for further training with local botany experts. Crews will be required to drive to different areas throughout New Mexico, camp overnight, potentially hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management. This position requires more driving relative to other types of field work. Crew members must be prepared for long days driving and scouting from the truck. Safety is a pre-requisite, particularly where industry development (energy extraction, e.g. Natural gas) is occurring and during hunting season, and will guide how fieldwork is conducted. Seed collected by BLM is saved in short and long term storage in the U.S. to support development of plant materials for land restoration purposes by BLM and other entities. The crew member will assist the crew lead with data management, including record filing, database input, and seed processing. The New Mexico BLM SOS program collaborates closely with the Southwest Seed Partnership, so exposure to regular restoration planning meetings related to ongoing seed collection efforts will complement other work. Specific duties will include selecting and locating populations of plant species based on the established SOS Protocol and locally developed target species lists. The crew member will work with the crew lead to locate populations of targeted species, monitor phenology of the population, collect botanical voucher specimens, assess seed quantity and quality prior to seed collection, collect seed, record site data, prepare documentation, and ship collected seed to the Bend Seed Extractory for cleaning and short term storage. Ability to identify plants both in the field and in the office via dichotomous keys is an important function of the position. However, help with plant ID will be provided and IDs will be reviewed. The crew member will use ArcGIS tablet applications (i.e. ArcCollector) software to locate and document collections. Use of 4-wheel drive vehicles in rugged off highway situations is expected. Familiarity with this equipment is highly desirable, but training will be provided where needed. While Seeds of Success is the primary focus, where possible, the crew member will assist with other plant conservation program projects during the summer. Projects may include rare plant monitoring, pollinator monitoring, and native plant restoration. When or if available, interns may participate in local BLM sponsored training sessions, outside symposia, and coordination meetings. Public Land Corps: The Public Land Corps program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120 hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. Position contact: Michelle Norris at Minimal Qualifications: - College Graduate (BA/BS) with degree in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, conservation biology, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field - Eligible to accept a 900-hour service term with Americorps - Aged between 21 and 30 years upon hire - With U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including: - A signed social security card - A Birth Certificate & government issued photo ID - OR - a valid US Passport. - Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon hire - Valid US driver's license and driving record in good standing - All offers are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal Criminal History Check - Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) - Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after initial training period; must be capable of performing well in an office setting, as well as the field - Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods of time (3-6 hours to work sites in addition to scouting time) - Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat and sun exposure, monsoonal rains, flash flooding, lightning, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions, bears) - Current or ability to obtain CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates - Physically capable of standing and walking (approximately 2 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds in upwards of 110 degree (F) heat while maintaining a cheery to neutral attitude - Experience and willingness to spend multiple days (1-4 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles Preferred Qualifications: - General fieldwork experience and at least 1 to 2 years of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens - Familiarity with New Mexico flora in general and Flora Neomexicana III is preferred - Experience with Floras from adjacent states to New Mexico - Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity - Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others - Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills. - Experience with ArcGIS tablet applications (ArcCollector) and basic troubleshooting - Experience with ArcMap and ArcGIS Online interface - Experience collecting, managing and summarizing data for plant and/or animal monitoring program

Keywords: Conservation Corps New Mexico, Santa Fe , Seeds of Success Crew Member, Other , Santa Fe, New Mexico

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