Duration: Immediately – June 5
Job Type: Temporary Position
Salary: Monthly salary $2,600 with field housing included
Submission Deadline: Open until Filled
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
American Bird Conservancy and partners of the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) are hiring rangeland monitoring technicians to monitor grassland/rangeland conservation projects on private lands in pre-, mid-, and post-project stage. Vegetation data will be collected using the line-point intercept and canopy gap methods following protocols similar to BLM AIM and NRCS NRI. Plant identification will be an important part of this data collection. Surveys will be performed in the Montague-Baylor-Callahan county area, in the Wilson/Karnes-Washington/Austin county area, and around Balcones National Wildlife Refuge. Successful candidates will have Texas plant ID experience, experience with plant and/or rangeland surveys, and a strong, independent work ethic. NOTE: FILLING OF POSITIONS IS CONTINGENT UPON CONTRACT AWARD.
- Vegetation surveys following the line-point intercept method, canopy gap method, and additional measures of vegetation and rangeland health.
- Meeting with local biologists and local plant experts to identify unknown plant species.
- Coordinating with local biologists and OPJV staff to gain access to private lands as needed.
Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high temperature, plenty of sun, intense hiking, 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. Candidates will be expected to adhere to health advisories.
- Technicians will be regularly interacting with Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partner organizations/agencies and landowners. As such, technicians must have excellent interpersonal skills, as they will be expected to represent the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture and may be required to professionally interact with landowners in person or over the phone.
- Preference will be shown for individuals that are willing to drive a personal vehicle to and from field sites.
- Mileage will be reimbursed.
- 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
- Excellent navigational abilities
- Experience with collecting data using Survey123 is preferred but not required
- Meticulous data collection skills
- Ability to work independently
- Excellent inter-personal skills
- Valid driver’s license
- Must be 18 years old or older and eligible to work in the US
- Must be willing to undergo a background check
Please send electronic copies (PDF) of the following in ONE document:
1) A letter of interest
3) Names and contact information for three work references.
If you have trouble, please send your cover letter and resume as one document to HR@abcbirds.org
American Bird Conservancy values qualifications and competence. As an equal opportunity employer; ABC is committed to ensuring the employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities.