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, forest, open spaces and public lands.
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 Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) (to inform conservation approaches for sage-grouse). Supplemental sampling may also include collecting data on forb diversity, annual production and pollinators, among other indicators.
GBI is recruiting two Ecological Monitoring Soil Scientists to work with GBI and BLM staff. Each Soil Scientist will coordinate a field crew (one Soil Scientist will supervise one Soil Technician). Each soil crew will collect a NASIS (National Soil Information System) quality Soil Pit Description. This is in effort to assist the NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) with soil mapping and ecological site development in the hot deserts of California. Soil crews will complete a comprehensive soil pit description at each site, within the DRECP (Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan)/CDD (California Desert District) designs, using the NRCS Soil Pedon Description Form 232. This will be done at randomized sample locations across the DRECP/CDD areas where standard AIM data is also being collected by a separate dedicated vegetation crew.
In addition, the soil crew will also collect soil sample voucher collections for three specified plots determined by the BLM. Data will be used by resource specialists and land managers to inform decisions regarding land management at various temporal and spatial scales.
During field work, car camping for 7 night “hitches” in remote locations will typically be required.
• Leadership experience, including supervising field crews and managing projects simultaneously. (preferred)
• Bachelor's degree with a major in soil science or a related discipline. The study must include 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, including a minimum of 15 hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility.
• Combination of education and experience-courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that include at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must be in the areas specified above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
• Certification: any of the 4 certifications from the Soil Science Society of America
• Familiarity and experience with the methods necessary for completing NRCS Form 232
• Familiarity with the USDA Soil classification Keys to Soil Taxonomy
• Familiarity of the primary soil orders found in the Mojave desert are the Aridisols, Inceptisols and Entisols.