In partnership with BLM Kemmerer District, GBI is recruiting a Field Lead to work with agency and institute staff to coordinate a field crew (one Technician) to characterize vegetation using the the Bureau of Land Management national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy for terrestrial monitoring with the inclusion of remote sensing data capture.
Following a monitoring protocol, technicians will establish study sites and collect tree location, height, diameter, vegetative composition, and perform additional tasks at juniper study sites. The data collected will be
used to train and validate high resolution remote sensing products to map juniper tree occurrence and phase (density). This position requires a balance of strong field and data management skills. The field component of this position will require collecting quality controlled data while working long hours under extreme and variable weather conditions. Technicians will be required to carry packs weighing up to 25lbs for up to 10 miles a day on steep and uneven terrain.
This will be a temporary position starting in May and concluding in November.
• Leadership experience, including supervising crews and managing projects simultaneously.
• Bachelor’s 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 systematics;
• Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous key;
• Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area and associated natural resource issues preferred;
• 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 units;
• Experience creating maps and performing basic functions with GIS software (ArcMap);