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Biological Research Technician 3 (Botany) - Big Hole National Battlefield

Big Hole National Battlefield, which is managed by the National Park Service, is hiring a seasonal botany technician through Oregon State University Cascades from May-September 2024. The technician will be stationed at the incredibly beautiful, botanically diverse, and culturally rich Big Hole National Battlefield near the town of Wisdom, MT. 

The technician's projects will include identifying, mapping, treating, and reporting on invasive species control efforts; collecting native seed for restoration; and acting as a park liaison with the NPS vital signs monitoring team and the Rocky Mountain Exotic Plant Management team. The position will require coordination and collaboration, in addition to significant independent work. 

This position is an awesome opportunity to work a National Park, exercise plant identification skills in gorgeous sagebrush steppe and wet-prairie communities, explore the stages and challenges of restoration projects, and work at the intersection of cultural and natural resource management!

This is an on-site position based at Big Hole National Battlefield in Beaverhead County, Montana and is expected to last approximately 5 months (May-September) with some flexibility for start/end dates.

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Field work: 80%

  • Monitor, map, treat, follow up, and report cheatgrass and knapweed across the park
  • Collect native plant seeds
  • Support UCBN monitoring for Lemhi penstemon, camas, sage, pollinators, water
  • Photo-monitoring
  • Mechanical thinning of conifers
  • Identify native and non-native plants
  • Learn and understand herbicide application
  • Implement invasive species treatments including herbicide application
  • Field lead of crews with oversight from park staff

Office/Planning Work: 20%

  • Research and contribute to a variety of upcoming park vegetation projects:
    • landscape/ turf plan
    • BIHO Visitor Center garden space
    • Witness tree propagation for Twin Trees
  • Serve as liaison for various NPS units/departments
  • Develop seed collection Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) material
  • Develop invasive plant treatment history and assessment report
  • Develop seed collection database with park Natural Resource (NR) Specialist
  • Work may include travel to other NPS park units

Training Opportunities:

  • Chainsaw use
  • Herbicide application (Montana State License, if interested)
  • UTV training
  • Various UCBN monitoring protocols (penstemon, camas, sage, pollinator, water)