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Wetland Botany Technician/Crew Leader

Wetland Botany Technician/Crew Leader

Salt Lake City, UT - Seasonal, Entry Level


Position Announcement


Title: Wetland Botany Technician/Crew Leader

Work Location: Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, UT

Pay Rate: $18-20/hour, plus $45 per diem when traveling overnight and $25 per night for use of personal camping gear

Closing Date: March 13, 2022

Employment Period: May 16 through October 28, with possibility of extension

Position Description: The Utah Geological Survey seeks to hire a wetland botany technician to participate in wetland condition research. The incumbents will help collect data used to inform local and state land managers about wetland resources and advance knowledge about wetlands in the state. The incumbent will be trained on a wetland assessment field protocol and then serve as a crew leader and lead botanist on a two-person crew conducting field surveys across the montane region of Utah. The incumbent will be responsible for accurately identifying plant species in survey plots and for working with their teammate to evaluate hydrologic, physical, and other components of wetland health using a series of qualitative metrics. The employee will be expected to take a leadership role in the field and help facilitate decision-making and planning.

Workdays will consist of a combination of four 10+ hour days followed by three days off and eight 10+ hour days followed by six days off and will include frequent overnight stays in the field.

Compensation for overnight travel is up to $70/day. The incumbent will also spend time in the office before field work starts to help with planning and after the field season ends to help with data entry, identifying plant collections, and other tasks as assigned. There may be opportunities to extend the position beyond October to help with other projects, depending on funding.

The position is based out of Salt Lake City and housing is not provided. This position is a great opportunity to visit seldom-seen parts of Utah and to develop expertise in a variety of wetland types across the state.


  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in botany, ecology, biology, wetland science, or other related field.
  • Two or more seasons of field experience in positions requiring identification of plant species; one season can be substituted by plant taxonomy coursework.
  • Ability to use dichotomous keys to identify plant species, including species in difficult groups such as Cyperaceae and Poaceae. Knowledge of Utah or western U.S. flora and of wetland flora preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, serve in a leadership role, and be responsible for data quality and field planning.
  • Knowledge of data collection procedures and ability to collect data with attention to detail.
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours and unusual schedules (including overnights), travel extensively, drive a State of Utah vehicle, hike moderate distances through occasionally rough terrain, and tolerate exposure to both hot and cold conditions, rain, biting insects, and other field nuisances.
  • Preference given to candidates with experience working in wetland or riparian systems.

This position is classified as a Geological Technician position and does not include benefits. To apply, submit resume, cover letter, three references (with phone numbers) and name of position you are applying for to Miles McCoy-Sulentic at the Utah Geological Survey, Please list any coursework you have taken related to soils, wetlands, hydrology, or aquatic systems on your resume. You may direct all questions to this email.

Additional Info

Job Type : Seasonal

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Entry Level

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