Ecological Monitoring Crew Member

Ely, Nevada

Tetra Tech, Inc.
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Tetra Tech's commitment to hiring the best talent in the industry and helping them thrive professionally is stronger than ever. We are currently seeking enthusiastic Ecological Field Crew Members (Field Ecologist) to be a part of a three-person crew conducting vegetation and soils monitoring throughout the Ely District of Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.

The primary responsibilities will be to conduct vegetation and soils monitoring for BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM). Monitoring will follow established BLM protocols and training will be provided. Many plots will be located in areas that have received treatment (seeding, thinning) giving the candidate the chance to observe the outcome of common BLM restoration and fuel management techniques. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience and work with a variety of BLM natural resource employees.

Work will begin mid to late May and extend to early October or possibly early November. However, current students and recent graduates only available for shorter durations encouraged to apply. Opportunities for post-field season office work are potentially available for the right candidate.

This position requires extensive travel in remote areas during the field season, with up to eight

days/seven nights of overnight camping per field hitch anticipated. Field hitches are eight 10-hour

days, Tuesday to Tuesday, with six days off between hitches or four 10-hour days Monday to Thursday

with three days off. The hitch schedule may be modified around federal holidays. Day trips from Ely may occur during some hitches.

Total compensation is approximately $21-$23/hour commensurate with experience (base hourly rate of $16-$18/hour plus $50 daily un-taxed per diem) plus additional holiday pay and opportunities for employer discounted health insurance.


Attention to detail, ability to work independently, willingness to work as part of team, and the ability to stay positive and effective during long days in the field are critical.
Applicants must be willing to work in sometimes difficult conditions, and often miles from the vehicle.
The successful applicant will be safety conscience, and continually assess ways to mitigate hazards.
Applicant must possess a valid driver's license and a safe driving record.
Positive attitude, willingness to learn, and enjoy working outdoors.

Desired Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in botany, ecology, rangeland sciences, or related field, or working toward this type of degree.
A background or coursework and/or experience in either rangeland sciences, biology, ecology, soils, botany, or a related field with emphasis in field work
Able to identify and key out plant species (and habitats) found in the Great Basin and Mohave desert, specifically Nevada.
Knowledge of rangeland ecosystems and soils.
Physical challenges typically encountered may include long off trail hikes, steep slopes, extreme hot and cold conditions, and biological hazards (animals and plants).
Experience navigating with topographic map and GPS.
Ability to use standard office software (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.).
Knowledge and/or experience with botanical surveys and a variety of vegetation sampling techniques such as line-point intercept and other BLM AIM core methods.
Experience with electronic field data collection devices and software (GPS units, handheld tablets, and ESRI's Field Maps).
Training and experience with UTVs and trailers.
Experience driving a four-wheel drive pickup truck on rough terrain.
First Aid/CPR certification. Wilderness First Aid a plus.


Ely is a small town located in eastern Nevada with wide-ranging services including groceries and restaurants. Outdoor recreation in the area is plentiful and includes rock climbing, hunting, mountain biking, and hiking. The hitch-based schedule allows for ample time to explore the abundant natural areas within Nevada and adjacent Utah. Mountain biking and hiking trails start right outside town and Great Basin National Park is an hour away. The nearest major metropolitan areas are Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, which are both about three and half hours away.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

Has ability to perform bending, kneeling, standing, and lifting and carrying objects weighing 35 lbs. and have a tolerance for working in outdoor environments, including prolonged walking or standing on various terrain in a wide range of weather conditions.
Performs manual labor including excavation with shovels.
Availability to work extended field rotations (sometimes 10-12 days at a time).

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Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees-20,000 associates working together to provide smart, scalable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.

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We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Additional Information

Organization: 178 TTS
Date Posted: 29 August 2022
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