Southwest Rare Plant Monitoring Technician
Institute for Applied Ecology
Position Description The Southwest Program at the Institute for Applied Ecology will be hiring two technicians to work with the Southwest Rare Plants Ecologist for the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Rare Plant Monitoring Initiative. More information about the program can be found in this blog by the 2023 crew. The crew will monitor demography of rare plants on BLM lands across NM following established protocols, particularly in areas where multiple-use land management (i.e. energy extraction) impacts on rare plants are expected. Crews will be required to drive to remote areas throughout New Mexico, camp overnight for 2-7 consecutive days, hike up to several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management. While rare plant inventories are the focus, where possible, crews will assist with other plant conservation program projects in progress during the summer. Projects may include native seed collection, pollinator monitoring, floristic diversity surveys and native plant restoration. This is a full-time, temporary position that requires overnight camping and non-traditional work hours inclusive of weekend and evening hours.