Rangeland Ecologist and Botanist (Seasonal)

POSITION TITLE: RANGELAND ECOLOGIST AND BOTANIST
JOB LENGTH:     3-4 months
COMPENSATION:   $14-$15 per hour
JOB LOCATION:   Helena, MT

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

The Montana Natural Heritage Program (MTNHP) serves as the state's principal
source of information on species, habitats, and communities of conservation
concern.  The MTNHP seeks an experienced field ecologist and botanist for
summer field work collecting vegetation data for the development of
Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs). Knowledge of plant taxonomy, plant
species identification, and experience in rangeland ecology is required.
Experience identifying Rocky Mountain and/or Northern Great Plains flora is
required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The Rangeland Ecologist and Botanist will work with the Field Team Lead to
successfully complete fieldwork. The fieldwork involves extensive collection
of vegetation, soil, and other environmental data, identification of plant
species, and completion of field survey forms. This position will require
knowledge of Rocky Mountain and/or Northern Great Plains flora and the
ability to use GPS. Willingness to travel extensively during the field
season, work unusual schedules, and camp in often remote areas of Montana is
expected.  The position will begin in June 2013.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:

• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in ecology, biology, range science, botany,
natural resources, or a related field required.  Minimum of three field
seasons conducting vegetation surveys, with at least one season working
independently.
• Knowledge of dichotomous botanical keys and field guides, and the major
angiosperm plant families required.
• Willingness to travel extensively during field season, work unusual
schedules (up to 8 consecutive days), car camp, and live in rustic
conditions for extended periods in remote areas of Montana required.
• Demonstrated experience conducting a variety of vegetation sampling
techniques (e.g., line intercept, point intercept, plant production methods)
required.
• Good physical condition and ability to work long hours in the field required.
• Careful attention to detail required.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Rocky Mountain and/or Northern Great Plains flora
required.
• Comfort and familiarity with the use of computers required.
• Experience or familiarity with the use of GPS required.
• Experience working in rangeland and knowledge of rangeland ecology required.
• Experience with species identification and vegetation sampling techniques
required.
• Professional and respectful demeanor when communicating with private
landowners and agency personnel required.
• Knowledge of Montana flora preferred.
• Knowledge of and experience with Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs) preferred.
• Experience with aerial photograph and topographic map interpretation preferred.
• Experience with vegetation community classification or habitat typing
preferred.
• Experience with soil sampling and soil taxonomy preferred.
• Demonstrated interest in, and enthusiasm for, conservation preferred.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:

• Ability to work in variable weather conditions in remote locations, often
under physically demanding circumstances.
• Valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
• Ability to hike long distances (5-8 miles) over rough terrain carrying
field equipment and field gear.
• Willingness to work occasional long hours or extended periods in an
isolated setting.
• Work may require extreme physical exertion and/or physical strain to the
point of fatigue.  Work environment involves exposure to job hazards
(including but not limited to wild and domestic animals, poisonous plants,
falling trees/ rocks, and loose or unstable ground) where there is a
possibility of injury.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES SPECIFIC TO THE POSITION:

• Assist in the organization of field data and data entry into appropriate
spatial and tabular databases, as needed.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers
electronically to knewlon@mt.gov. The cover letter should explicitly state
how the applicant meets the required knowledge and skills. Closing date is
April 15, 2013, but suitable applicants will be considered as application
materials are received.

Contact Karen Newlon by email (knewlon@mt.gov) with any questions.

Helena, Montana
2013-04-15
Montana Natural Heritage Program (MTNHP)
Karen Newlon



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