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.
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.
GBI is hiring this position for a six month appointment to begin in May and end in October 2017.
• $15.25 hourly
• Camping per diem $15
• Paid holidays and personal leave
• Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision)
• 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).
• 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.
To apply to this position and view additional openings please visit: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=TAM&req=2017-RAP-039