Ecological Monitoring Crew Lead, Great Basin Institute

Reno, NV

Position Title: Ecological Monitoring Crew Lead

Organization: Great Basin Institute

Location: Reno, NV

Organization Overview: The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service throughout the West. Founded in 1998 at the University of Nevada, GBI advances applied research to support science-based adaptive management of public lands. The Institute is dedicated to the promotion of science through field studies programs, conservation practices, and public outreach.

Position Overview: GBI is recruiting Ecological Monitoring Vegetation Field Leads to work with GBI and BLM staff. Each Vegetation Field Lead will coordinate a field crew (one Lead will supervise two Technicians) to characterize vegetation using the terrestrial AIM core methods. In some instances, Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), and/or other supplemental protocols will be performed, for which training will be provided. Aside from core AIM sampling, any supplemental protocols implemented will vary by project.

Duties include following established field protocols to perform vegetation sampling and field data collection at new and existing sampling plots. Data will be used by resource specialists and land managers to inform decisions regarding land management at various temporal and spatial scales. During field work, car camping for 7 night “hitches” in remote locations will typically be required.

Field work will include:

  • Maintaining safety awareness and practices;
  • Extensive 4×4 driving on unmaintained roads;
  • Navigating off-trail to sampling sites;
  • Establishing sampling plots and transects;
  • Collecting vegetation data (including species inventory, forb diversity, species abundance, sagebrush shape, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and woody heights);
  • Identifying and describing soil horizons to help verify ecological site descriptions (ESDs);
  • Taking photo-points.

Additional duties include:

  • Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff;
  • Participation in GBI and agency trainings;
  • Entering data into both Field Maps and Survey 123 software;
  • Managing ArcGIS Online databases;
  • Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys;
  • Employing extensive QA/QC data checks; and Leadership:
  • Supporting and managing a field crew;
  • Coordinating field logistics and scheduling; and
  • Report writing and completing administrative paperwork


  • Leadership experience, including supervising field crews and managing projects simultaneously.
  • Experience, education, or a combination of both in botany and/or range management to meet the following (Crew Leads should have education and experience with plants identification):
  • Bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, ecology, or rangeland ecology or other natural resources.
  • At least 9 semester hours in plant or biological sciences.AND/OR
  • A minimum of 1 year field data collection identifying plants.

Salary/Pay: Total approximate compensation: $4,400-$4,880/month before taxes (Including benefits the approximate hourly equivalent: $27-$30), plus health insurance (monthly premiums fully paid by GBI), and paid time off.


• $1,840-$2,080 biweekly salary, depending on experience
• $150 bi-weekly housing stipend*
• $30 per diem for every night camped in the field (up
to 7 units in an 8 day work week)
• $32.30/month cell phone stipend
• Affordable Care Act Compliant Health insurance
including vision and dental provided at no cost to
the employee starting the first day of the month
following employment start date.
• Paid federal holidays
• Paid personal time off (amount dependent on contract

How to Apply:
For more information and to apply, please visit the Great Basin Institute’s website