Remote Sensing Monitoring Technician: Wyoming

Agency
The Great Basin Institute
Location
Kemmerer, Wyoming
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
15.25 hourly
Start Date
05/08/2017
Last Date to Apply
05/08/2017
Website
http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=MET3&req=2017-RAP-039
Description
The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. Participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) national 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. As a component of the AIM strategy, remote sensing will support landscape scale knowledge of rangeland conditions. Data collected by the remote sensing team will inform conservation efforts throughout the Great Basin.

Description:
In partnership with BLM Kemmerer District, GBI is recruiting a Field Technician to work with agency and institute staff to characterize vegetation using the AIM protocol 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 andphase (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.

Field work may include:
• Maintaining safety awareness and practices;
• Navigating off-trail to sampling sites;
• Establishing sampling plots and transects;
• Identifying and describing soil horizons;
• Collecting vegetation data (including species inventory, forb frequency, sagebrush shape, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and woody heights);
• Making qualitative range assessments; and
• Taking photo-points.

Additional duties include:
• Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff;
• Participation in GBI and agency trainings;
• Entering data into and managing an Access-based database;
• Experience entering data in DIMA (Database for Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment);
• Trouble shooting DIMA issues, and running reports from DIMA;
• Experience collecting data with a Trimble Juno GPS and ArcPad software;
• Experience and comfort creating maps, creating geodatabases, editing feature classes, and
• managing attribute data using ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop;
• Data management experience including quality assurance and quality control for vegetative and geospatial data;
• Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys;
• Employing extensive QA/QC data checks;

Contract Timeline:
GBI is hiring this position for a six month appointment to begin in May and end in October 2017.

Location:
• Kemmerer, Wyoming

Compensation and Benefits:
• $15.25 hourly
• Camping per diem $15
• Paid holidays and personal leave
• Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision)

Job Qualifications:
Technical requirements:
• 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 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 units;
• 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’s 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 goals;
• 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 principles;
• Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field;
• 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.
Qualifications
Technical requirements:
• 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 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 units;
• 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’s 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 goals;
• 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 principles;
• Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field;
• 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.
Contact Person
Christopher Sanders
Contact Phone
717 216 0267
Contact eMail
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