Job Description: A 900-hour AmeriCorps position is available in the Conservation Department at Red Butte Garden from May-December 2019. The field assistant will perform as a member of the conservation team and will assist the Conservation Director and Research Assistant in conducting botanical field research for the purpose of rare and native plant species conservation. The position is based in Salt Lake City, UT. Travel throughout Utah is required between May – November for up to 5 days at a time, and will include some overnight camping. The position involves long field days working out of doors and in rugged terrain throughout Utah during the summer and fall months.
The individual will assist with tasks including, but not limited to: data collection, monitoring and surveys of rare and endangered plant species, seed collection of rare and endangered plant species, plant identification, bulk seed collecting as part of the Seeds of Success program, data entry and organization, seed processing, seed germination trials, plant propagation, mapping and GIS management. Opportunities also exist for assisting the department with educational outreach, technical and non-technical writing.
Applicant should be comfortable working long hours in arid environments for multiple days at a time, and navigating and hiking in remote areas. The individual must also be confident completing tasks with minimal supervision and working in a small team environment. Experience with plant identification, biological field work and GIS is strongly preferred.
Individual must hold and maintain a driver’s license, pass the University of Utah driving test, and be eligible to operate a government vehicle. Highway driving, maintained off-road, and rugged off-road driving skills are necessary.
Compensation includes stipend paid in bimonthly installments by the AmeriCorps program through the Utah Conservation Corps (UCC). Per diem compensation for food will also be provided for days spent in the field.
For more information about the AmeriCorps program: https://ucc.usu.edu/faq
For more information on the AmeriCorps Individual Placement Program: https://ucc.usu.edu/about/individual-placements
Location: Red Butte Garden
How to Apply: Complete the two steps listed below
1) Submit the Utah Conservation Corps Application here: https://ucc.usu.edu/apply/index