Fwd: Ecological Field Monitoring Positions With GBI

Ecological Monitoring Field Leads (multiple locations)

Great Basin Institute and Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Department of


The Ecological Monitoring program at GBI, which focuses on the conservation

of natural resources in the Intermountain West, serves as an excellent

professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource

professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland


As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of

Land Management (BLM) terrestrial and aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and

Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized

inventory and long-term ecological data at multiple scales across western

public lands. In many locations, participants will also implement the BLM

Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), which is aimed at collecting habitat

assessment data on public lands with the purpose of informing conservation

approaches for sage-grouse habitat. Opportunities in other locations

(Boise, ID and Wenatchee, WA) will include applying AIM sampling to

post-wildfire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) monitoring.

In accordance with these strategies and through partnerships with multiple

agencies, GBI=E2=80=99s Ecological Monitoring Program is dedicated to supporting

resource management while providing college graduates and emerging

professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting

experience in natural resource management.


In partnership with cooperating agencies, GBI is recruiting Ecological

Monitoring Field Leads to work with agency staff, GBI staff, and GBI

Ecological Monitoring Field Technicians. Each Field Lead will coordinate a

field crew (one Lead and two Technicians) to characterize vegetation using

the terrestrial or aquatic AIM protocol, Describing/Interpreting Indicators

of Rangeland Health (D/IIRH), the Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF)

protocol, and/or the Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) protocol, for which

training will be provided. The particular protocols implemented will vary

by location.

Duties include following established field protocols to conduct vegetation

sampling and field data collection on new and existing monitoring sites.

Field data will be used by resource specialists and land managers to inform

decisions regarding range management and other resource management issues

of the area. During periods of field work, camping will be required.

Field work will include:

=C2=B7         Maintaining safety awareness and practices;

=C2=B7         Navigating off-trail to sampling sites;

=C2=B7         Establishing sampling plots and transects;

=C2=B7         Identifying and describing soil horizons;

=C2=B7         Collecting vegetation data (including species inventory, forb

frequency, sagebrush shape, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and

woody heights);

=C2=B7         Making qualitative range assessments; and

=C2=B7         Taking photo-points.

Additional duties include:

=C2=B7         Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff;

=C2=B7         Participation in GBI and agency trainings;

=C2=B7         Entering data into and managing an Access-based database;

=C2=B7         Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys;

=C2=B7         Employing extensive QA/QC data checks; and

=C2=B7         Leadership:

o   Supporting and managing a field crew;

o   Coordinating field logistics and scheduling; and

o   Report writing and completing administrative paperwork

*Locations and Targeted Timelines:*

Locations and timelines listed below are *tentative*, some with potential

for extension. Please indicate your availability and top three location

choices when applying. We encourage applying early in order to gain the

best chance at getting your top-choice locations.

=C2=B7         California

o   Susanville: April – October

=C2=B7         Idaho

o   Marsing, Idaho Falls, Salmon, Challis (additional Idaho locations may

be available): April =E2=80=93 September

=C2=B7         Oregon

o   Burns, Lakeview, and Vale: April – October

=C2=B7         Utah

o   Northern Utah: May – September

o   Kanab/Escalante: May – September

=C2=B7         Washington

o   Spokane: April – October

=C2=B7         Wyoming

o   Lander, Rawlins, Kemmerer, Pinedale, New Castle: April – September


   – $1,360.00 – $1,400.00 Biweekly Salary

   – Camping per diem

=C2=B7         Housing stipend provided in some locations

=C2=B7         Paid holidays and personal leave

=C2=B7         Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision)


   – Leadership experience, including supervising field crews and managing

   projects simultaneously.

*Technical requirements:*

   – Bachelor=E2=80=99s Degree in Life Sciences, such as: Botany, Wildlife Biology,

   Range Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources or

   related subject;

   – Coursework or equivalent experience in plant taxonomy and/or


   – Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous


   – Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area and

   associated natural resource issues preferred;

   – Experience in describing and identifying soil horizons;

   – Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring

   protocols, including standard rangeland monitoring protocols, photo plots,

   and site observations;

   – Experience with data entry and management;

   – Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project

   summary reports;

   – Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps;

   – Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads,

   often in remote areas on unimproved roads;

   – Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS


   – Experience creating maps and performing basic functions with GIS

   software (ArcMap); and

   – Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).

*Additional requirements:*

   – Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting, and

   to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and

   team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of the AIM program and

   the mission of GBI;

   – Valid, state-issued driver=E2=80=99s license and clean driving record;

   – Ability to complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background

   Investigation (BI) and submit paperwork to BLM human resources prior to

   beginning position indicating that an active and fully adjudicated BI has

   been started or completed;

   – Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual


   – Ability to work independently;

   – Ability to communicate effectively with team members, agency staff,

   and a diverse public;

   – Excellent organizational skills;

   – Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace


   – Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the


   – Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late

   nights); and

   – Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in

   all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of

   40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition.

*How to Apply:*

Please visit our employment web page at: http://crcareers.

thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=3DPD&req=3D2017-RAP-081 to

locate the position(s) you are most interested in and apply online directly

from our website.

Please indicate your availability and top three location choices when

applying. Application review will begin in November and will continue until

all positions are filled. We encourage applying early in order to gain the

best chance at getting your top-choice locations.  Only qualified

candidates will be contacted.

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employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage

women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to

all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all

qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without

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