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Desert Tortoise Field Crew Supervisors

Great Basin Institute
Job Field:
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:
Las Vegas
Job Description:

The Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is federally listed as a threatened species north and west of the Colorado River under the Endangered Species Act. Desert tortoise monitoring will assist researchers in estimating population density. Monitoring occurs during April and May to coincide with the peak activity season of desert tortoises. Field Crew Supervisors will be required to demonstrate proficiency in backcountry wilderness field skills including but not limited to 4WD vehicle operation, field safety and emergency response protocols, proficient use of GPS and electronic data collection technologies, as well as navigation using topographic maps and compasses. In addition, Field Crew Supervisors will be field tested on their ability to follow monitoring protocols thoroughly and precisely.


Three (3) Field Crew Supervisors will be hired to provide on-the-ground technical assistance and support to field technicians, as well as conducting field inspections of data for quality, accuracy, completeness, and adherence to monitoring protocols. Each Field Crew Supervisor will independently supervise up to five monitoring technicians and will themselves participate in data collection. Field monitors will work for 5 consecutive days with 2 days off. Monitors must be available to work any of the 7 days each week, with the understanding that the schedule is subject to change with little or no notice. Field camping is required. This position will require long hours including early mornings and may include weekends.


Contract Timeline:

o March 6, 2023 – May 11, 2023

o Full-time, minimum 40 hours per week

o Weekend hours may be required during field season



- Master’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or related field desired. (Bachelor’s degree will be considered based upon field and leadership experience);

- Experience collecting field data and following established field data collection protocols;

- Experience conducting LDS or working with desert tortoises desirable;

- Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and/or data collection;

- Knowledge of southwestern/Mojave flora and fauna desirable;

- Experience supervising one or more individuals;

- Ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment;

- Ability to work a variable schedule (including weekends) that may change with little or no notice;

- Ability to walk a minimum of 12km/day in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing desert conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition;

- Willingness and ability to camp in the desert backcountry for consecutive days;

- Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred;

- Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license; and

- Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road.


COVID-19 Status Update: As part of Great Basin Institute’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy, all employees are required to receive and provide proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccine prior to the first day of employment, unless a medical or religious exemption is submitted and approved. All employees covered by this policy are required to be fully vaccinated as a term and condition of employment at Great Basin Institute. Employees are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing primary vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine, with, if applicable, at least the minimum recommended interval between doses. As of December 21, 2021, GBI now requires booster shots to maintain Fully Vaccinated status.


$1,560 bi-weekly salary, Field per diem


Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost

How to Apply:

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Contact Info:

Sarah Mendoza


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