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White-bark Pine Monitoring Technicians

Great Basin Institute


Opportunity summary

Term length

5/28/2024 - 10/11/2024

Application window

2/5/2024 - 5/24/2024


Sparks, Nevada

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

Whitebark pine faces threats from blister rust, pine beetles, and climate change. Survival hinges on resilience within communities. Identifying areas with low mortality is vital for targeted treatments. The status of these populations on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is poorly understood. We aim to establish monitoring plots to assess their health and ecological status, tracking changes over time to inform restoration efforts.

Opportunity description

GBI is recruiting two Forest Monitoring Technicians to work with GBI and USFS staff to install long-term monitoring plots in whitebark pine ecosystems across the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Each Technician will work under the supervision of a USFS Field Lead to implement forest health surveys. GBI crew members will work with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to inventory, monitor, and survey whitebark pine populations.


  • Education benefit
  • Housing
  • Healthcare
  • Mental and behavioral health benefits

Requirements and qualifications


Bachelor's degree in botany, biology, ecology, or rangeland ecology or other natural resources preferred. Knowledge and interest in botany, plant identification, and/or forest ecology - prior experience with botanical or forestry survey techniques preferred. Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous key. Organization skills. ability to self-direct and self-motivate. effective communicator. Experience with data entry and management.

Preferred qualifications

Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting, and to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of GBI. Valid. state-issued driver's license and clean driving record. Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals. Ability to work independently. Ability to communicate effectively with team members, agency staff, and a diverse public.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Natural resource preservation and conservation
  • Biodiversity protection and restoration
  • Reforestation or afforestation
  • Forestry
  • Local ecosystem restoration
  • Environmental education and training
  • Environmental research and citizen science

Work environment

  • Rural
  • Outdoor