For Release: Jan. 23, 2009
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
BLM Announces Openings for Summer 'Weed Warrior' Jobs
The Bureau of Land Management is recruiting "weed warriors," seasonal employees who will work this summer to combat the spread of invasive and noxious weeds on public land in northeast California and far northwest Nevada.
The BLM plans to fill eight positions -- four in Susanville, two in Alturas and two in Cedarville -- for a season that begins in mid April and runs for up to six months.
"This is a great opportunity for a seasonal job where workers have a real chance to make a difference in the health of our public lands," said Dayne Barron, manager of the BLM's Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville. "These jobs are also a good first step toward a career in natural resource management."
Applications must be filed via the internet by Sunday, March 1.
Job descriptions and application instructions are available at www.usajobs.gov. Jobs are listed under the title Range Aid/Technician (Weeds), under the announcement number NHRMC-2009-0092.
Weed warriors work four 10-hour days per week in rugged back country locations to locate, map and apply treatments to weeds that threaten wildlife habitat and productivity of the land.
They must be able to operate manual-transmission, four-wheel-drive pickup trucks. They should have strong communication and map reading skills. Experience with global positioning systems equipment is helpful. Because work is performed in hot weather and rugged terrain, crew members must be in good physical condition.
For more information contact insert in the Alturas Field Office, or Carol Gibbs in the Eagle Lake Field Office, (530) 252-5318.
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