Duration: May 11 – July 12 (exact start dates flexible)
Job Type: Temporary Position
Salary: Monthly salary $2,610 with field housing included
Application Deadline: Until Filled
American Bird Conservancy and partners of the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) and the Rio Grande Joint Venture (RGJV) are hiring rangeland monitoring technicians to survey grassland/rangeland conservation projects on private lands. Projects were initially designed to create and improve grassland habitat for priority grassland birds and other priority wildlife through implemented habitat management practices. Technicians will collect vegetation data on these sites using the line-point intercept and canopy gap methods following protocols similar to Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy and the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Natural Resources Inventory (NRI). Plant identification will be an important part of this data collection, as detecting changes in plant communities over time is integral to the project’s success. Technicians will be trained together in monitoring methods and then split into two crews. Surveys will be performed with one crew in the Montague-Baylor-Callahan county area and in the Wilson/Karnes-Washington/Austin county area and another crew in the Starr/Jim Hogg/Brooks county area and the Jim Wells/Duval/Webb/La Salle/McMullen county areas. There is also the potential to survey additional sites pending the speed and success of the field season, which may include portions of southern Oklahoma or other locations in the Oaks and Prairies or Rio Grande JV geography in Texas. Successful candidates will have Texas plant ID experience, experience with plant and/or rangeland surveys, and a strong, independent work ethic.
- Vegetation surveys following the line-point intercept method, canopy gap method, and additional measures of vegetation and rangeland health.
- Identification of common plant species and plant species considered a priority to habitat management of grasslands. Other species will be identified to key functional groups.
- Coordinating with local biologists, OPJV/RGJV staff, and landowners to gain access to private and public lands as needed. Additionally, coordinating with biologists to receive local training on plant ID, protocol updates, etc. as needed.
Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high temperatures, exposure to the elements (sun, wind, rain), intense hiking, active cattle pastures, venomous snakes, cactus, chiggers, ticks, etc.).
Housing will be arranged and may include trailers, camping, and possibly bunkhouses, hotels, and other forms of field housing. As such, candidates should be flexible about housing, are expected to adhere to current health advisories, and will be respectful of those around them.
Technicians will regularly be interacting with Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture and Rio Grande Joint Venture partner organizations/agencies and landowners. As such, technicians must have excellent interpersonal skills as they will be expected to represent the OPJV/RGJV and may be required to professionally interact with landowners in person or over the phone.
Technicians will be required to drive a personal vehicle to and from field sites.
Mileage will be reimbursed for personal vehicles driven for work purposes during the field season.
Personal vehicles should be in good condition and able to handle dirt/gravel roads.
*Note that road conditions may be difficult in some areas depending on weather.
This is an opportunity to be part of a large-scale grassland conservation effort involving partner conservation agencies and organizations in Texas and Oklahoma. This is a pilot study, so flexibility and patience will be an asset.
Experience with Texas plant identification, especially grasses and forbs
- Experience with vegetation surveys
- Experience with rangeland monitoring (e.g. NRCS’ NRI) is preferred but not required
- Experience with collecting data using Survey123 is preferred but not required
- Meticulous data collection skills
- Excellent navigational abilities
- Ability to work independently
- Excellent inter-personal skills
- Valid driver’s license
- Must be ≥ 18 years old, eligible to work in the US, and willing to undergo a background check
- Willing to gain basic Red Cross CPR/First Aid Training (ABC to cover the course attendance fees)
Applicants must include:
- A letter of interest or cover letter. Please state your preference for survey region (see county blocks listed in description) in your cover letter
- Names and contact information for three work references
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
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Edited by Rebekah Rylander