To apply: https://corpsnm.org/crew-positions
Position Title: Crew Member (Botany Emphasis).
Position Type: Full-time, temporary, 25 weeks.
Location: Based in Santa Fe, NM with travel throughout the state expected.
Benefits: Paid training; health benefits; Grocery budget while camping in the field. AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of term.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a non-competitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency.
Program Dates: (Anticipated) April 2022 – October 20222. Start date contingent upon DOI background check.
Conservation Corps New Mexico Mission
Conservation Corps New Mexico, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s. CCNM is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. CCNM operates programs across southern New Mexico and western Texas that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. For more information, visit www.corpsnm.org.
Crew members will work with a crew leader for the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Rare Plant Monitoring Initiative, operated by Conservation Corps New Mexico. More information about New Mexico’s rare plants, can be found here. The crew will consist of three individuals: two crew members and one crew leader. Together, the crew will monitor rare plants in remote areas on BLM lands across NM, particularly in areas where multiple-use land management (i.e. energy extraction) impacts rare plants are expected. Due to the inevitable proximity of monitoring plots to well pads and industrial equipment, safety is a prerequisite and will guide how fieldwork is conducted. Crews will be required to drive to different areas throughout New Mexico, camp overnight for 2-7 consecutive days, potentially hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.
Over 100 plots currently exist for eight rare species across New Mexico. Two types of demographic monitoring plots are utilized including macroplots and belt transects which vary depending on population structure for different species of rare plants. Fecundity, herbivory, and vigor are measured at these plots in order to determine population status and assess population health into the future. Continued monitoring of existing plots, assessment of additional populations, and establishment of new plots is needed. In addition to fieldwork, crews will be expected to uphold strong organizational skills for the sake of successful data management. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase through the utilization of the ArcGIS Online Collector Interface.
1 to 2 years of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens
Familiarity with New Mexico flora in general and Flora Neomexicana III is preferred.
Experience with Floras from adjacent states to New Mexico.
Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity.
Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others.
Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills.
Experience with ArcGIS tablet applications and basic troubleshooting (Collector and Survey 123).
Experience with ArcGIS Online interface.
Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps.
Experience collecting, managing and summarizing data for plant and/or animal monitoring programs.
Experience performing quality assurance, quality control, and data analysis using Microsoft Excel and R.
Current CPR, and Wilderness First Aid
About Conservation Corps New Mexico
Conservation Corps New Mexico operates conservation service programs across New Mexico that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation.