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    Tahoe National Forest ACE Botany Positions 2022

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    Questions contact: [email protected]

    ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Tahoe National Forest, Botany Technician

    Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest is seeking Botany Technicians and Botany Crew Leads. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation.

    The Botany Crew Leads will plan, coordinate logistics, and train botany technicians to conduct targeted botanical surveys for rare and invasive plants and the habitats. They will coordinate with the Forest Service botanist in developing data collection and reports for use in habitat and species condition analyses. The Botanical Technician position will take direction from the lead in conducting the botanical surveys and documentation. All positions will work independently and as a team to coordinate work efforts, discuss technical requirements, and present study findings or discuss technical problems encountered or anticipated during project work. An appreciation of the outdoors and an interest in the beautiful Sierra Nevada is key to this position.

    Start Date: March 27th -May 1st 2022

    End Date: Sept 2nd- Oct 28st 2022

    Location: Yuba River and American River Ranger Districts, which cover the western portion of the Tahoe National Forest

    The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento) and extends from the foothills across the Sierra crest to the California state line. It includes over 850,000 acres of public land interspersed with 350,000 acres of private land in a checkerboard ownership pattern. Rivers, snow-capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year-round. A complex set of ecosystems are found as the terrain ascends from 1,500 feet along the western boundary to over 9,000 feet along the crest. The forest provides a variety of resources and recreational opportunities and is managed by the US Forest Service.

    Project Websites: For more information on ACE, please click here. For more information about Tahoe National Forest, please click here.

    Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk and will receive a living allowance of $821-912/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

    Housing: Housing may be available at a daily rate of approximately $10-20 per day.

    Project Objectives:

    Botanical Surveys
    • Participates and conducts floristic and targeted surveys for rare and invasive plants within project areas.
    • Collects documentation used in species and habitat analysis related to impacts from projects. Produces reports that summarize findings to be used in analysis.
    • Collects survey and inventory data to determine species identity, population characteristics, environmental conditions and factors affecting the vigor and extent of the species and their habitat.
    • Uses botanical keys and field guides to identify plants encountered during floristic surveys and revisits of know sites.
    • Compiles and summarizes the data obtained from surveys, inventories, biological evaluations and monitoring
    • Uses computer systems and associated software for recording, organizing, storing, and summarizing data.
    • Performs physical labor and daily hiking, often to remote locations in rugged terrain under sometimes adverse weather conditions
    • Performs the full range of technical assignments consisting of invasive plant treatment, management, inventory, and monitoring. Treatments primarily involve hand-pulling, hand tools, and power tools.
    • Uses global positioning systems (GPS), aerial photographs, topographic maps, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or compass in navigation
    • Office time will be spent finalizing documentation of survey.

    Range Monitoring
    • Conducts standardized protocols to collect range utilization data in 8 active allotments throughout both districts.
    • Compiles and summarizes utilization information collected in forms.
    • Reports findings to Forest Service Botanist for coordination with permittees.
    • Uses dichotomous keys for identification of key species in monitoring sites.
    • Maintains fences protecting certain sensitive areas from cattle.

    Botany Crew Lead Objectives in addition to above:
    • Plans surveys using spatial data and habitat information.
    • Trains crew in protocols, botanical identification, and data management.
    • Manages and quality checks data collected by technicians throughout season.
    • Manages the daily safety, planning and logistics of crew.
    • Enters finalized data into FS database.
    • Starts season earlier and ends later than technicians.
    • Takes direction and priorities in work from FS Botanist.

    Qualifications: Applicants will hold (or be pursuing) a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field, and have experience with botany, either in the field or through coursework. Individuals with Master's degrees are highly encouraged to apply. This is a highly demanding outdoor job that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, participation in the field, and a tolerance for adverse weather and demanding conditions.

    Training Provided: The Forest Service will provide the member with supervision and training with a botanist to learn about botanical disciplines (e.g. invasive plant removal techniques, GIS mapping, quantitative and qualitative plant monitoring, plant systematics and taxonomy, seed collection and restoration techniques). Nonetheless, a foundational knowledge of botany and plant identification is required for this position.

    Preferred Skills:
    • Experience driving 4x4 and/or all-wheel drive vehicles safely in off-road conditions
    • Experience hiking over remote, steep, and rocky terrain in adverse weather conditions (cold/hot temps, light rain, etc.)
    • Ability to navigate in remote areas using GPS, mobile devices, and maps
    • Ability to work as part of a team to meet project goals, as well as independently to complete survey tasks
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel/Word, ArcMap, ArcGIS Online (AGOL) and AGOL applications.
    • Competency in data entry work, summarizing and compiling data
    • Leadership experience and conflict resolution

    • Must have botany and plant identification skills and be willing to learn additional key skills
    • Knowledge of basic taxonomic principles and characteristics of major plant families and experience using taxonomic keys
    • Knowledge of the technical processes, procedures and techniques related to biological science samples, measurements, and analysis
    • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
    • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
    • Proficient in English
    • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
    • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
    • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
    • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.
    • Members must be at least 21 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.

    The member must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.

    To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

    Note: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE USFS Member Manager, Amanda McGarry, at [email protected]

    EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.