Vegetation Monitoring at GBI
Research Associate (Former Employee) – Ely, NV – March 24, 2018
My position worked closely with BLM employees in the Ely, NV BLM District Office and involved a lot of "car camping" with BLM vehicles. This position was very interesting in subject matter if you like working with plants and in a team. It requires long days (often 10+ hours). However, you do get ample time off after each week. The work weeks were either 4 days on followed by 3 days off or 8 days on followed by 6 days off. The majority of the season was field work in remote areas. This field work often involved camping in remote areas for days at a time to document present vegetation and collect unindentifiable vegetation samples to be indentified later at the office. The vegetation monitoring was done to assist the Fuels Department of the BLM in making management decisions for treatment of plants and trees. Training in AIM protocol, which was used by our crews to establish and monitor plots, was provided at the beginning of the season, and quarterly reports were written and provided to GBI to document our work. The end of the season consists of almost entirely data entry and management. This is only for about the last month or so though.
Primarily outdoors, consecutive days off consistently
Frequently in remote areas