Position Announcement: GAP Field Vegetation Technicians ~ Bioblogia.net

9 de junio de 2005

Position Announcement: GAP Field Vegetation Technicians

Project description:
The Northwest Regional GAP Project (NWGAP) is a regional effort to map the distribution of plant communities, terrestrial vertebrate habitat, and land stewardship and management status in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. It is a multi-institutional cooperative effort coordinated by the University of Idaho and U.S. Geological Survey’s Gap Analysis Program. The primary objective of the Gap Program is to analyze this information to identify those biotic elements that are underrepresented on lands managed for their long-term conservation, or are “gaps.” For additional project information please visit http://www.gap.uidaho.edu.

Position Duties:
The University of Idaho is seeking 8 vegetation technicians to support the efforts of the NWGAP Project. For those who want to truly experience an entire region of the Inter-Mountain West, this will be a fantastic job. Vegetation technicians will quantify the floristic composition and ecological setting of plant communities in western Montana and portions of Idaho. Field crews will travel to remote locations with 4x4 vehicles for up to 10 days. Representative examples of plant communities ranging from low elevation grass and shrub lands to the montane and sub-alpine forests to the alpine tundra and ice fields are needed to support the vegetation mapping component of the NWGAP. Because the existing network of roads will not reach all of these communities, there will be numerous opportunities to participate in backpacking trips to roadless wilderness areas where data are lacking. Therefore, solid outdoor, 4x4 driving, and organizational skills are required, in addition to good judgment and tenacity. Field crews will navigate to plant communities and delineate their locations with the assistance of ArcView 3.x software and digital geospatial data. Elements of floristic composition and ecological setting will be entered into a Microsoft Access database. All qualified graduate students and undergraduates will be considered.

1) Knowledge of the dominant flora of western Montana.
2) Proficiency with plant taxonomy and species identification.
3) Familiarity with simple operations in ArcView 3.X and Microsoft Access.
4) Good driving record and experience driving 4X4 vehicles on backcountry roads.
5) Experience/Ability/Ardent Desire to backpack to remote locations for data collection.
6) Dedication, bordering on religious zeal, to accurate data entry.

Pay Range:
$10-15/per hour depending on qualifications

Field data collection will take place beginning in mid-June 2005 and end in September or October 2005 depending on data needs and weather conditions.

There are 8 positions available. To apply, please email your resume and three references to Todd Sajwaj (tsajwaj@uidaho.edu) of the University of Idaho’s Gap Analysis Program or call 208.885.3720 with questions. These positions will be open until filled.

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer.

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