One vegetation technician (crew lead) will be hired to lead a crew and coordinate field activities including but not limited to: scouting seed locations and ripeness, seed collection, seed drying/cleaning, corresponding to volunteer information requests, arranging campsite locations/accommodations, GIS data management, and preliminary report writing. Technician will lead a small three-person crew for 6 months with supervision from NPS staff. The remaining six months, the technician will prepare collections for long-term storage and collect seed from associated species. Crew and lead will be provided training by NPS Park staff to learn about project goals, methods, plant identification, and agency stewardship principles. Technician will use GPS devices and ESRI products (Field Maps, Survey123) to keep track of collections and document progress. Technician will submit a short report documenting accomplishments, lessons learned, and any recommendations for similar work in the future. Vegetation technicians will work in a desert environment, which may involve extreme weather conditions (heat, cold, wind, etc.). Technicians will also be working and living in a remote setting, with limited cell and internet service, long distances to grocery stores (e.g. 90 miles), limited facilities, etc.
Vegetation technicians may assist Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park with other projects related to climate change mitigations and visitor use management in the fields of vegetation, wildlife, geology, interpretation, and environmental compliance.
- US Citizens or Permanent Residents (to comply with federal contracts)
- Hold valid driver's license
- Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be granted an exemption
- Must undergo a criminal history check (results will be evaluated on a case by case basis)
- Willing to represent ACE and partner organization in a professional manner
- Ability to be both self-directed and a contributing member of a group
- Ability to perform essential duties, including primitive camping in remote, dry locations for multiple days
- Have relevant experience in seed collection, botany, restoration, or volunteer coordination
- Knowledge of the flora of Mojave and Sonoran deserts, GIS data management
- Ability to learn about planning for climate change in the desert and work on an interdisciplinary team to accomplish Park goals
- Deep interest in all things related to the desert
About American Conservation Experience
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities for youth of all backgrounds to explore and improve public lands while gaining practical professional experience.