Field Technicians

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Tucson Audubon Society

Opportunity Description: 

The National Park Service, Sonoran Desert Network office is partnering with Tucson Audubon Society to conduct a vegetation map accuracy assessment. This field-based effort will assess how well a new vegetation map for Saguaro National Park matches what is seen on the ground. 

We are seeking 2 field technicians to work as part of a team who will conduct the assessment this coming year over a 22-26 week period, starting in ~April 2018 through ~September 2018. Work will be conducted in all areas/elevations of the park, requiring back-country camping and extensive hiking. Work is done over 8-day work tours, followed by 6 days off. Crews will work in pairs to conduct plot-based assessments of the vegetation community at each site. 

The positions will be hired by Tucson Audubon at $15 per hour, plus $20 per-day per diem for back-country work days. You will get Temporary Staff benefits of earned sick pay and paid holidays. No other benefits are available. 

Successful applicants will have experience identifying common plants of the Sonoran Desert region, with a proven ability to accurately identify them by sight to scientific name. Applicants should also have experience hiking in rugged and hot conditions, and some experience camping. 

The map covers the entire Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro NP which is 66,947 acres across elevations from ~3,000' up to 8,666'. The park is a complex desert environment that is comprised of diverse plant and animals including many species of cacti, snakes, bees, scorpions, lizards and tarantulas. Temperatures range from 30 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit across elevations and times of the year. The park is located at the eastern edge of the city of Tucson, Arizona.

For more details on how to apply and other position duties, please review the Tucson Audubon website 

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