Botanist, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

Helena, MT

Job Title: Botanist

Organization: Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

Location: Helena, MT

Position Overview: This position will be expected to provide technical expertise on at risk plant species and plant communities for a variety of management activities including planning and implementation of timber sales, mechanical fuels treatments, prescribed burning, livestock grazing, abandoned mine land reclamation, recreation developments, and watershed restoration actions.  Although a considerable amount of field work is required, the individual selected for this position will spend substantial time documenting effects from projects on at risk species and by writing assessments or vegetation reports

Duties: Field work will mostly occur during the summer season.  Field work may involve driving long distances, often on minimally maintained Forest roads, walking up to several miles a day over potentially rough terrain, and/or overnight camping.  The individual will act as crew lead for seasonal technicians, including providing training on plant identification and field data collection protocols.  Data collection is primarily handled in digital platforms such as Field Maps and VGS, and the selected candidate will need to be able to maintain these programs, handle any hiccups, and train crew members in their use.  The individual will need to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle under potentially extreme weather conditions.  This person must be comfortable working in habitats where grizzly bear, black bear, mountain lions, rattle snakes, ticks, and mosquitoes may be present, and willing/able to follow proper safety protocols for work in these environments. 

Specifically, seeking an individual who:

  • Works as a team, has the ability to lead, and is confident asking questions
  • Works and communicates well with others especially under challenging work situations
  • Can conduct field surveys safely in remote areas
  • Has the ability to train, direct and oversee field crews
  • Can organize and write reports summarizing field data including basic statistics and trend analysis
  • Has good communication skills, verbally and in writing, and can document and report on technical aspects of vegetation composition and species trends
  • Has skills in plant identification in the western states and is familiar with a variety of vegetation monitoring techniques

Application Deadline: February 18

How to Apply: Please complete the outreach response form below found by searching Helena, MT, and send to denise.pengeroth@usda.gov.