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CCNM Crew Member: Rare Plant Monitoring

Company: Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC)
Location: Santa Fe
Posted on: February 10, 2019

Job Description:

Botany Crew Member s ResponsibilitiesParticipates in the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management s Rare Plant Monitoring Team by monitoring existing plots and establishing new long term demographic trend monitoring plots for imperiled plant species. Demonstrates strong botanical, statistical, and organizational skills, and maintains exceptional attention to detail in relation to monitoring efforts and data 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.Minimal Qualifications: College Graduate (Bachelor s, at minimum) with degree in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, conservation biology, natural resource management, or a related field Eligible to accept a 900-hour service term with Americorpso Aged between 21 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years upon hireo With U. S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including an image of a signed social security card AND another acceptable primary form of documentation Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon hire Valid US driver's license and driving record in good standing Ability to pass standard government background check and NSOPR 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 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 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a cheery to neutral attitude Experience and willingness to spend multiple days (1-6 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 Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods of time (2-3 hours at a 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 certificatesPreferred Qualifications: 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 handheld GPS units and basic troubleshooting Experience with ArcGIS Online interface.o Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps Experience collecting, managing and summarizing data for plant and/or animal monitoring programs.Program Overview:Crew members will work with a crew lead for the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management s (BLM) Rare Plant Monitoring Initiative. More information about New Mexico s rare plants, can be found here.The 2019 crew will consist of three individuals: two crew members and one crew lead. Together, they will monitor rare plants in remote areas on BLM lands across NM, particularly in areas where multiple-use land management (i. e. energy extraction) impacts rare plants are expected. Due to the inevitable proximity of monitoring plots to well pads and industrial equipment, safety is a prerequisite and will guide how fieldwork is conducted. 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.75 plots currently exist for seven rare species across New Mexico. Three types of demographic monitoring plots are utilized including macroplots, belt transects, and grid plots, which vary depending on population structure for different species of rare plants. Fecundity, herbivory, and vigor are measured at these plots in order to determine population status and assess population health into the future. Continued monitoring of existing plots, assessment of additional populations, and establishment of new plots is needed. In addition to fieldwork, crew members will be expected to uphold strong organizational skills for the sake of successful data management. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase through the utilization of the ArcGIS Online Collector Interface. Some previous experience collecting data, producing excel spreadsheets, and entering data is desirable. The trend data collected by the rare plant monitoring crew will provide essential information for making determinations regarding the protection status of inventoried species, which then impact strategic management decisions.While rare plant inventories are the focus, where possible, interns will assist with other plant conservation program projects in progress during the summer. Projects may include, wild seed collection, 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. https://www. blm. gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corpsTerm Length: 900 Hour AmeriCorps term, April-October 2019Compensation: $520 weekly stipend, education award of $2960 at the successful completion of the 900 hour service term to be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.

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