The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. This program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West. As an element of this program, participants implement the Bureau of Land Management’s national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term vegetation data at multiple scales across western BLM districts. In accordance with this strategy and through a partnership with the BLM, GBI’s ecological monitoring program is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with BLM-NV, is recruiting an Ecological Monitoring Program Coordinator to work cooperatively to support assessment, inventory and monitoring of BLM land, including sage grouse habitat, range allotments, and other areas on public range lands throughout Nevada. Biotic, hydrologic, and soil qualitative indicators are used in conjunction with quantitative data to inform conservation planning and adaptive management decisions. The overall objective of the available position is to coordinate and support AIM implementation including planning, recruitment, orientation, training, deployment, communication, safety, logistics, data collection and management, and reporting for field crews based in each of the six BLM-NV districts throughout the state.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Ecological Monitoring Program Coordinator will work collaboratively with GBI Program Coordinators, Data Specialists, field crews, other GBI staff, and BLM partners to fulfill the goals and objectives for projects implementing AIM and other sampling protocols in the six BLM-NV districts throughout the state. Specific duties include:
• Supervision, management, training, and coordination of AIM field teams;
• Recruitment of AIM field crews (one Lead and two Technicians per crew);
• Acting as liaison to BLM staff and other project affiliates;
• Implementation planning, equipment organization and maintenance, vehicle coordination, field protocol and data QA/QC standardization, and team deployment;
• Promoting a culture of safety and maintaining safety communication and best practices with AIM crews during the field season;
• Supporting data collection, organization, processing and QA/QC while ensuring consistency across crews;
• Reviewing, processing, and managing timesheets, time off requests, and other standardized paperwork;
• Travel, camping, and site visits to BLM District/Field Office Crews;
• Conducting interim AIM reporting and drafting summary AIM reports;
• Engaging in project fund processes including drafting grants, cost-estimates, and managing budgets;
• Participating in GBI or partner-sponsored training opportunities, and/or facilitating GBI workshops for Research Associates and AmeriCorps technicians and interns; and
• Performing additional duties, as needed.
This is principally an office-based position. Some travel, often involving camping, will be required to conduct site visits and support field crews.
Contract length: Beginning in August and renewable annually depending on funding and performance evaluation. Preference for a 2-year commitment.
Benefits: Full Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, and paid personal, sick, and holiday leave
• College degree in one of the major natural sciences; those with an advanced degree are encouraged to apply;
• 2 years of experience in a leadership position;
• Experience in project management strongly preferred;
• Experience working with federal land management agencies, members of the public, and/or non-profit organizations;
• Understanding of principles related to a combination of the fields of botany, soil science, wildlife biology, geology, hydrology, and spatial analysis;
• Applicant should possess relevant or related field experience implementing AIM and/or other standardized protocols for field data collection – knowledge of and/or experience in high desert and Great Basin ecology preferred;
• Awareness of best practices for field safety, communication and risk management;
• Applicant should possess a strong background in plant community ecology and plant identification; those with additional soil identification experience will be given preference;
• Ability to coordinate and manage the collection of field data according to protocol guidelines followed by a detailed QA/QC process; preference for those possessing experience and confidence analyzing geospatial data and creating map products;
• Willingness to travel for multiple days at a time to field sites in support of field crews;
• Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
• Physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand working and camping in inclement weather during late winter, spring, and summer in Nevada;
• Ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass and to read a topographic map;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license and the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
• Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic office environment, 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; and
• Meet requirements of federal agency security background checks (e.g., FBI criminal and National Sex Offender Public Registry, Department of Interior Security Screening).
To Apply: Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/Careers.aspx?rf=TAM&REQ=2017-GBI-009