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Physical Scientist

Conservation Legacy

Physical Scientist

Carlsbad, NM
  • Responsibilities



    POSITION TITLE: Crew Member (Botany Emphasis)

    POSITION TYPE: Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

    LOCATION: Carlsbad, NM

    SALARY: $400-520/week

    BENEFITS: Paid training; camp rate food allowance; AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907.50 upon satisfactory completion of term

    HIRING BENEFITS: Public Land Corps hiring authority: _eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. _

    PROGRAM DATES: July 2019-December 2019


    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit


    Provides botanical expertise to the crew lead and soils crew member while on plot, as well as to the project as a whole; completes the species inventory the majority of the time. Maintains and tracks botanical specimens of known and unknown species throughout the field season and keep records updated as needed. Continues to learn the local flora from the crew lead and local resources and builds botanical knowledge. The botany crew member should be passionate about the botanical world and have a willingness to share that knowledge with the crew lead and fellow soils crew member.


    • College Graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with degree in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, natural resource management or a related field.
    • Eligible to accept a 900-hour service term with Americorps
      • Aged between 21 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years upon hire
      • With U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including an image of a signed social security card AND another acceptable primary form of documentation
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s background checks
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and fieldwork.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a cheery to neutral attitude.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-6 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a work vehicle on- and off-highway.
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates


    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
    • Familiarity with New Mexico flora in general and Flora Neomexicana III is preferred.
    • Experience with Floras from adjacent states to New Mexico
    • Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs
    • Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
      • Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills.
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface.
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods of time (2-3 hours at a time).


    Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: Crews will consist of three individuals, two crew members and one crew lead. Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology.

    Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species; line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data; soil stability will be measured; and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into the Database for Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment (DIMA) on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range and forestry.

    Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands. Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.


    The Public Land Corps program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120 hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions.


    Required Skills Required Experience

  • Qualifications
    • In-depth knowledge of policy development, fiscal evaluation, and implementation in the areas of Medicare, Medi-Cal, other insurance programs, long-term care, mental health and other health- related programs.
    • In-depth knowledge of the health care industry, its critical issues and major challenges.
    • In-depth knowledge of health care delivery systems.
    • Strong knowledge of health care core administrative functions, their strategic impact and integration with other health care functions.
    • Strong knowledge of Medi-Cal programs and regulations.
    • Financial acumen: Interprets and applies understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.
    • Manages complexity: Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
    • Decision quality: Makes good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
    • Strategic mindset: Sees ahead to future possibilities and translates them into breakthrough strategies; identifies, plans, leads and executes to meet changing organizational and community needs, and regulatory requirements.
    • Advanced assessment and analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize, distill concepts, draw conclusions and identify implications from financial reports.
    • Resourcefulness: Secures and deploys resources effectively and efficiently; organizes people and resources to solve problems and identify opportunities.
    • Plans and aligns: Plans and prioritizes work for self and others to meet commitments aligned with organization goals.
    • Ensures accountability: Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments.
    • Drives results: Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals at all levels inside and outside of HPSJ.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate professionally and persuasively to diverse individuals and groups inside and outside of HPSJ.
    • Advanced presentation skills, including but not limited to the ability to tailor presentations to a specific audience, be persuasive and identify key messages.
    • Strong collaboration skills, including but not limited to the ability to create and foster a collaborative work environment, and organize people and resources to solve problems and identify opportunities.
    • Builds networks: Effectively builds formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside of the organization.
    • Organizational savvy: Maneuvers comfortably through complex policy, process and people-related organizational dynamics.
    • Persuades: Uses compelling arguments to gain the support and commitment of others.
    • Manages ambiguity: Operates effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
    • Very strong project management skills, with the ability to function as a sponsor and owner on complex projects; a track record of successful large project implementations.
    • Strong customer service orientation.
    • In-depth knowledge of change management theory, with ability to anticipate and implement effectively.
    • Demonstrated ability to articulate and support HPSJ’s vision, mission, values and strategy, integrate into management practices, and foster their manifestation among staff.
    • Advanced skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and project management software.
    • Ability to speak and be understood in English.
    • Ability to treat confidential information with appropriate discretion.


    • Familiarity with political, business, education, non-profit and other community leaders in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties and/or surrounding areas.
    • Knowledge of the economic and healthcare issues, and issues affecting the underserved in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties and/or surrounding areas.
    • In-depth knowledge of federal and state regulations applicable to managed care.
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