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Seasonal Rare Plant Botanist positions in Idaho

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    Seasonal Rare Plant Botanist positions in Idaho

    Interested in rare plant conservation and field work in the Idaho wilderness?

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Conservation Research Program at the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) is partnering with the Cottonwood, Idaho field office of the Bureau of Land Management to conduct surveys for rare and sensitive plants in north-west Idaho. Field work involves a variety of botanical survey methods, including electronic data collection. We are recruiting both a crew leader and a technician who will work on a 2-person crew with IAE and BLM staff to plan, conduct, and manage data for rare plant surveys in remote areas of Idaho.

    Staff can be based out of Cottonwood, Lewiston, Moscow in Idaho, or other location that is a reasonable distance from field sites (duty-station will be discussed upon hire). Field work will be conducted on BLM land in the Cottonwood zone (map provided at the link). Camping is required, and field work will consist of hitches of 3-4 days (with appropriate time before and after field work to plan logistics). Most work weeks are 4 10-hour workdays with 3-day weekends. Housing is not provided, but we will work with applicants to find reasonable housing options. An internet connection is required.

    START DATE (TENTATIVE): May 1 (lead) 8 (tech), 2023
    END DATE (TENTATIVE): July 14, 2023

    • B.S. in a relevant field (Botany, Plant Ecology, Plant Science, Environmental Science) or equivalent experience
    • 1 or more seasons of field research experience, with preference given to those with skills in vegetation monitoring and inventory protocol and identifying plants of the Intermountain West
    • Ability to identify plant species using technical keys, monographs, dissecting microscopes, etc
    • Mature, self-motivated, highly organized, and very comfortable working in and camping with a 2-person field crew
    • Must have a valid driver's license, be willing to travel, and be able to perform strenuous work in all weather conditions
    • Essential job functions include ability to hike 10+ miles in rugged terrain carrying a 30-lb load and work in a bent-over/kneeling/sitting position for long periods of time
    • Computer skills (MS Word and MS Excel) required; experience in GIS and electronic data collection applications (e.g., S1 mobile, Collector, FieldMaps, Survey 123) is preferred

    • Compensation is $23.50/hr (lead) $21.50/hr (tech) for a 40-hour work week. Overtime would be paid at 1.5x the base rate
    • Per-diem: $38.00 per night camped out (2-3 nights per hitch, 1 hitch per week except the first and final week of the employment period)
    • Meals: Food costs for field days will be 100% reimbursed, up to $58 per day
    • Gear stipend: $150 at the start of the field season
    • 3 Paid holidays and sick leave

    Application review is ongoing and will continue until the positions are filled

    For a full description of the positions and application instructions, go to