TITLE: Ecology and Botany Field Technicians Research Associate I
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 6 - 10 (temporary)
WORK LOCATIONS: North central Wyoming /South central Montana (Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area), and North Central Nebraska (Niobrara National Scenic River and Missouri National Recreation River)
PAY RATE: $2000 - $2500/month, plus housing and other expenses
DURATION: 2-4 months (approx. May - September)
Summary of All Positions:
The Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University seeks experienced ecology and botany field technicians for summer field work on several vegetation inventory projects. The projects are located at the Niobrara National Scenic River and Missouri National Recreation River in north central Nebraska, and The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in south central Montana and north central Wyoming. The work entails vegetation sampling and all positions require field botany or field ecology skills. Knowledge of plant taxonomy and species identification required. Experience identifying flora of the area is preferred. A crew lead position is available to suitably qualified candidates.
Successful applicants will work in groups of two to sample vegetation communities in support of these vegetation inventory and map accuracy assessment projects. Field technicians will be based in housing near the project site and work will entail a combination of daytrips and multi-day backpack, canoe, or car camping trips. Crews will navigate daily to randomly selected sites to establish plot locations and document plant community characteristics. Many sample locations will be in remote areas of the park.
1. Work with a partner to use GPS to navigate to plot locations and collect data on species and plant communities present. Requires the ability to reliably identify plants and plant communities of the project area, identify dominant species and community structure, and document presence of exotic or rare species,
2. Reliably locate field plots, complete field forms, operate and maintain GPS units, digital cameras, and other field equipment, and effectively manage collected data,
3. Enter and maintain data in electronic formats (databases, spreadsheets, GP GIS),
4. Thoroughly document all fieldwork using field notebooks, survey forms, maps, GPS, and digital cameras.
A degree in botany or ecology, natural resources, range management, forestry, or related field, or 3 years of equivalent field experience is required. Preference will be given to candidates with previous field experience, and experience with the regional flora of the project area.
1. Knowledge of dichotomous botanical keys and field guides, and the major angiosperm plant families;
2. Willingness to travel extensively during field season, work unusual schedules (up to 10 consecutive days), backpack, car camp, and live for an extended period in remote areas;
3. Good physical condition to enable working long hours in the field, traveling off-trail in rough terrain, and working through inclement weather;
4. Experience with aerial photograph and topographic map interpretation;
5. Careful attention to data;
6. Comfort and familiarity with the use of computers;
7. Experience or familiarity with the use of GPS;
8. Experience collecting vegetation and environmental data in the field;
9. Experience with vegetation sampling techniques;
10. Experience with species identification, community classification, or habitat typing;
11. Experience classifying vegetation types.
Colorado State University - 20 months ago