Habitat/ Vegetation Assessment Technicians will be responsible for shrub assessment, community mapping and providing management recommendations on the quality sagebrush, willow and aspen communities. Specific duties include large-scale vegetation community mapping (community assessment and GIS digitizing), detailed shrub monitoring using transects, photo documentation, GPS documentation and making management recommendations. Community mapping focuses on qualitative measurements of vegetation including species composition, condition, levels of herbivory and successional stage. Transect data includes detailed metrics on shrub age class, browse utilization and percent cover. Applicants should expect daily travel as well as possible overnights in the field. Experience with plant identification, navigation, GPS/GIS, data entry, data management and management recommendations are required. Applicants should possess a BS in Botany, Range Science, Ecology, Resource Management or related field, multiple seasons of technician experience and excellent physical condition required. The position demands extensive hiking in rugged terrain. Technicians will be supervised by an Ecologist based in Jackson, Wyoming and will be expected to work independently and as part of a field crew. Applicants must be able to start on May 24.
Qualifications & Skills:
• BS in Botany, Range Science, Ecology, Resource Management or related field
• Knowledge of plant identification in sagebrush, willow and aspen communities
• Demonstrated ability to navigate using aerial photos, topographical maps and GPS
• Experience digitizing with GIS
• Experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicles off-road
• Experience working independently and as part of a field crew
• Ability to hike for 8-10 hours/ day in rugged terrain
• Knowledge of ranch communities and operations a plus
• WFA & CPR certification (required prior to May 24)
Teton Science Schools’ Conservation Research Center was formed in response to the growing need in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for responsible conservation and land stewardship. In our work, we seek a reasonable balance between wildlife and people to develop resource management strategies and models that other western communities can follow.
Teton Science Schools are an equal opportunity employer with a drug-free and smoke-free workplace. Successful applicant(s) will be required to pass a background check, driving check and drug screening.
For more info, contact:
Questions regarding the position should be directed to Megan Smith, Ecologist, phone: (307) 734-3786
Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Human Resources by email: email@example.com before March 19, 2010. List “Habitat/ Vegetation Technician” in the email subject line.