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Desert Tortoise Field Technician

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.


Seven (7) AmeriCorps field technicians will be required to demonstrate proficiency in backcountry wilderness field skills, including but not limited to 4WD vehicle operation, use of GPS and topographic maps, and electronic data collection technology. In addition, field technicians will be field tested on their knowledge of and ability to follow monitoring protocols thoroughly and precisely. Survey monitors will work for 5 consecutive days with 2 days off. Technicians 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:

• March 13, 2023 – May 5, 2023

• Full-time, minimum 40 hours per week

• Weekend hours may be required during field season


o Bachelor’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or related field;

o Experience collecting field data or following established field data collection protocols;

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

o Knowledge of southwestern/Mojave flora and fauna desirable;

o Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment;

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

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

o Willingness to camp in the desert backcountry for consecutive days;

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

o Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road if required;

o Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.


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.

$5,920.00 Living Allowance ; $1,374.60 Education Award ; Field Per Diem


• Student loan forbearance/interest accrual through AmeriCorps

• Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost


How to Apply:

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Contact Info:

Sarah Mendoza

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