GBI Ecological Monitoring Program Now Hiring!

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies

organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service

through the West. The Institute’s mission is to advance applied science and

ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships,

supporting national parks, forests, open spaces, and public lands.

The Ecological Monitoring Program at GBI serves as an excellent

professional development opportunity for natural resource professionals

looking for experience in botanical, soil, rangeland, and aquatic

surveying. This Program is a component of our well-established Research

Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation and management of

natural, cultural, and recreation resources in the Intermountain West while

providing emerging professionals opportunities to begin or enhance their


GBI’s Ecological Monitoring Program is dedicated to providing hands-on

survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience. Extensive training

and technical field skills development offers employees a unique

opportunity to obtain valuable experience in performing a variety of

monitoring protocols that will increase future success.

In one component of the Program, participants implement the Bureau of Land

Management (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy for

terrestrial systems, targeted at collecting standardized ecological

information and long-term vegetation data at multiple scales across western

BLM districts. In some instances participants may perform supplemental

protocols such as Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health (IIRH) and

Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) (to inform conservation approaches for

sage-grouse). Supplemental sampling may also include collecting data on

forb diversity and pollinators, among other indicators. Select locations

will apply AIM sampling to post-wildfire Emergency Stabilization and

Rehabilitation (ESR) monitoring.

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highlights the national BLM AIM strategy for landscape-scale data

collection across western states.

To learn more and apply, please visit our website

or the links below:

Ecological Monitoring Field Lead

Ecological Monitoring Field Technician

AmeriCorps Vegetation Habitat Assessment Technician

Vegetation Habitat Assessment Crew Lead

Soil Sampling Crew Lead

AmeriCorps Soil Sampling Technician