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Botanist / Range Conservationist
Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. is recruiting for a Botanist / Range Conservationist in Grand Junction, CO.
Navarro is a premier contractor providing high-quality technical services to DOE, NASA, and DOD. Navarro’s success is based on our customer service focus and our well-known responsiveness and innovation. In all we do, either in corporate management or in our services to our clients, we seek for the most effective and efficient approaches to provide best value to our clients.
Identifies plants at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) sites located throughout the west, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, using local plant keys.
Understands methods for estimating vegetation characteristics such as plant cover, shrub density, diversity, and floristic quality.
Prepares and maintains plant species lists for individual sites.
Assesses livestock carrying capacities at LM sites.
Prepares vegetation-related portions of NEPA documents.
Supports site ecologists with vegetation-related tasks.Prepares seed mixes for revegetating disturbed areas at LM sites.
Maps vegetation communities at LM sites, as needed.
Conducts rare or sensitive plant surveys, as needed.
Conducts vegetation portion of wetland delineations.
Conducts rangeland health monitoring.
Occasionally assists a licensed pesticide applicator in spot-spraying noxious weeds with herbicides at LM sites.
Assists with pollinator studies and LM’s pollinator initiative projects and reports.
Participates in and/or organizes field activities, which may involve frequent travel during field season.
Participates in project planning, plan development, and monitoring design programs.
Conducts annual site inspections of LM sites.
Produces technical reports and papers, which may require the candidate to manage data, summarize data, analyze data, and produce figures and graphs that explain the project and describe results.\
Coordinates with the LM client and Navarro managers on plant-related issues and data requests.
Participates in the LM-Navarro Ecosystem Management Team; may serve as “back-up” lead for the team.
Promotes fieldworker safety.
May direct work activities of field personnel and interns or train and mentor more junior staff.
Bachelor’s degree in Botany or Range Conservation.
Minimum of 5 years of related experience.
The candidate must have:
Excellent writing skills. Please submit three examples of self-prepared documents preferably vegetation-related (but not necessary) at time of interview.
Ability to travel to LM sites, occasionally for 4 to 5 days but usually 2 to 3 days at a time, and work outdoors in remote areas.
Experience in conducting vegetation sampling and monitoring.
Experience with keying unknown plant species to the genus-species level.
Ability to drive a government vehicle.
Knowledge of the general relationships between vegetation communities and soil types.
Broad understanding of principles, concepts and techniques in botany and range conservation.
Skill and ability to perform complex professional tasks independently with little instruction.
Ability to work within established policies and procedures, using independent judgement and ingenuity.
Ability to train and mentor more junior staff.
Level of language skills, mathematical skills, communication skills, reasoning ability and computer skills necessary to perform essential functions of the job.
Due to the nature of the government contract requirements and/or clearance requirements, US citizenship is required.
Navarro is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.
Grand Junction, CO
Minimum Experience (yrs):
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