GBI and BLM seek Ecological Monitoring Soils and Vegetation Technicians to work under supervision, characterizing vegetation using AIM core methods and additional protocols. Duties include field data collection, 4×4 driving on unmaintained roads, establishing sampling plots, identifying plants, and data entry. Fieldwork involves camping for 7-night “hitches” in remote areas.

Contract Timeline:

Bishop Project (California): Approx. 6 months starting April 10th, 2024
Nevada Statewide Project: Approx. 6 months starting April 10th, 2024
ESR Fire Impact Monitoring Project: Approx. 6 months starting April 10th, 2024
Based in Reno, Nevada, with travel to various BLM sites across Northern Nevada.

Compensation and Benefits:

Approx. $3,500-3,800/month before taxes, plus health insurance and paid time off
$18-20/hour depending on experience
$150 bi-weekly housing stipend
$30 per diem for camping in the field
Health insurance provided at no cost
Paid federal holidays and personal time off
Note: Housing stipend is untaxed; applicants must provide their own lodging.

Tagged as: Conservation, Research/Science and Technical


Bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, ecology, rangeland ecology, or related natural resources field, OR equivalent education and experience.
At least 9 semester hours in plant or biological sciences.

Bachelor’s degree in plant or soil science with at least 9 semester hours in soils, or a minimum of 1 year of field data collection describing soils. Relevant certifications from the Soil Science Society of America may substitute for education or experience.

Required Skills:

Experience identifying plants in the field and using dichotomous keys.
Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols.
Experience describing and identifying soil horizons, familiarity with NRCS soils databases and Ecological Site Descriptions concepts preferred.
Experience with data entry, technical writing, and producing project summary reports.
Proficiency in reading and interpreting topographic maps.
Proficiency in operating 4WD trucks, navigating with GPS units, and creating maps

Preferred Skills:

Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with high performance standards.
Willingness to mentor and support crew members' professional development.
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
Familiarity with native and invasive plants and associated natural resource issues preferred.
Effective communication skills with team members, agency staff, and the public.
Strong organizational skills and adherence to administrative tasks.
Knowledge of field safety practices and Leave No Trace princi

About Great Basin Institute

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service through the west. The Institute’s mission is to advance applied science and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships, supporting national parks, forest, open spaces and public lands.

Application Instructions

Please apply online at: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/Careers.aspx?req=2023-AIM-017&type=JOBDESCR