The Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is federally listed as a threatened species north and west of the Colorado River under the Endangered Species Act. Desert tortoise monitoring will assist researchers in estimating population density using line distance sampling and mark-recapture methods. Monitoring occurs during April and May to coincide with the peak activity season of desert tortoises.
Field Crew Supervisors will be required to demonstrate proficiency in backcountry wilderness field skills including but not limited to 4WD vehicle operation, field safety and emergency response protocols, proficient use of GPS and electronic data collection technologies, as well as navigation using topographic maps and compasses. In addition, Field Crew Supervisors will be field tested on their ability to follow monitoring protocols thoroughly and precisely. Thirteen (13) Field Crew Supervisors will be hired to provide on-the-ground technical assistance and support to field technicians, as well as conducting field inspections of data for quality, accuracy, completeness, and adherence to monitoring protocols. Each Field Crew Supervisor will independently supervise up to five monitoring technicians and will themselves participate in data collection. Field Crew Supervisors will work for 5 consecutive days with 2 days off during training and 4 days with 3 days off during the field season, with the understanding that the schedule is subject to change with little or no notice. Field camping is required. This position will require long hours including early mornings and may include weekends.
• March 4, 2024 – May 10, 2024
• Full-time, minimum 40 hours per week
• Weekend hours may be required during field season
Clark County, NV (Las Vegas)
Compensation and Benefits:
• $1,760 bi-weekly salary
• Field per diem ($25)
• Health insurance
• Bachelor’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or related field required, MS preferred;
• Experience collecting field data and following established field data collection protocols required;
• Ability to walk a minimum of 15 km/day in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing desert conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition required;
• Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license required;
• Able to pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (N
• Ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment required;
• Ability to work a variable schedule (including weekends) that may change with little or no notice required;
• Willingness and ability to camp in the backcountry for consecutive days required;
• Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred;
• Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road, required.
• Experience supervising one or more individuals preferred;
• Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and/or data collection preferred;
• Experience conducting line distance sampling or working with desert tortoises desirable;
About The Great Basin Institute
The Great Basin Institute is a non-profit conservation organization that has been working to promote environmental research, education, and conservation field work throughout the West for 25 years. GBI partners with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Clark County, Nevada to carry out desert tortoise surveys in support of multiple research and monitoring projects. The Mojave desert tortoise is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and these projects track population recovery, improve understanding of the ecology of the species, and inform conservation efforts. Field protocols include line distance sampling and telemetry monitoring.