Field Ecologist II – NEON Program – Limnology – D18/19 – Alaska

Agency
National Ecology Observatory Network
Location
Fairbanks, AK
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$21-24/hour
Last Date to Apply
06/30/2021
Website
https://performancemanager8.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=69582&company=battelle
Description
Battelle delivers when others can’t. We conduct research and development, manage laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients—whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency. We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply. Company Overview Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) program, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading-edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales. We are currently seeking a Field Ecologist II – NEON Program – Limnology – D18/19 - Alaska. This position is in Fairbanks, AK. Field Ecologist II - The Field Ecologist II is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing and will be the technical lead for performing routine maintenance and inventory management on all sampling equipment. The Field Ecologist II will provide guidance to temporary field crews while working in the field and laboratory. A strong consideration will be applied to those applicants who are currently located in the domain. For those outside of the domain, limnology experience will be strongly preferred. LOCATION The domain office is based in Fairbanks. Domain 18 (Tundra sites): Toolik Field Station: Located on the North Slope of Alaska, in the foothills of the Brooks Range, above the Arctic Circle (68° 38' N, 149° 36'W), about an 8-hour drive north of Fairbanks, and about 3 hours south of Prudhoe Bay. The vegetation is predominantly characterized by wet and dry tussock tundra, which can make for difficulties walking to access research plots. Mosquitoes are abundant between June and August. Weather can also be unpredictable; precipitation in the form of rain or snow can occur any time of year. The average temperature in January is -4°F. All provisions are provided by the field station. Utqiagvik (Formally known as Barrow): Located at the northern tip of Alaska on the Arctic Ocean, Utqiagvik is a town of about 5000 inhabitants. The majority of residents are Alaskan Natives (Inupiat), and the town can only be accessed by plane from Fairbanks. The coastal plain tundra surrounding Utqiagvik is very wet; hip waders and rubber boots are essential for fieldwork. Utqiagvik is well known for its diversity and abundance of shorebirds and other migratory fowl, including endangered species such as the Steller’s Eiders. Polar bears can also be seen; however, encounters with bears are rare. Summer days are overcast despite the 24-hour daylight, and average summer temperatures are in the mid-40s. The average temperature in January is -20°F. Mosquitoes are not as prevalent near the coast because of the wind. The town has few amenities. Researcher housing will be shared, and lab space is reserved in the Barrow Arctic Research Center (BARC). LOCATION CONTINUE Domain 19 (Taiga Sites): Healy: The Healy site is located about 2 hours southwest of Fairbanks, north of Denali National Park. There are few amenities in town; most provisions are procured in Fairbanks prior to departure. The NEON field house and research site are located along Stampede Road, in upland Tundra in the foothills of the Alaska Mountain Range. Mosquitoes are abundant between June and early August and constitute the main challenge to living and working in and around Healy. Weather can also be unpredictable; precipitation in the form of rain or snow can occur any time of year, and average summer temperatures can vary from the 30s to mid-70s, while the average temperature in January is -7°F. Daytrips and/or overnight trips are common depending on the weekly workload. Delta Junction: Located 2 hours southeast of Fairbanks, Delta Junction is a small town with few amenities. This site is located in flatland boreal habitat, near the eastern portion of the Alaska Mountain Range. Mosquitoes are abundant between June and early August and constitute the main challenge to living and working in and around Delta Junction. Weather can also be unpredictable; precipitation in the form of rain or snow can occur any time of year, and average summer temperatures can vary from the 30s to mid-70s, while the average temperature in January is -9°F. There are few amenities in town. Daytrips and/or overnight trips are common depending on the weekly workload. Caribou Creek: Located 30 miles northeast of Fairbanks, this site is within the UAF-managed Experimental Research Forest. The site is located within rolling boreal forest. There is no field housing provided at this site; all work is conducted via daytrips from Fairbanks. Mosquitoes are abundant between June and early August and constitute the main challenge to working at Caribou Creek. Weather can also be unpredictable; precipitation in the form of rain or snow can occur any time of year, and average summer temperatures can vary from the 30s to mid-70s, while the average temperature in January is -15°F. This position supports sites in the Tundra and Taiga Domains. Sites are located near Delta Junction, Healy, Caribou-Poker Creeks Experimental Watershed, Healy and at Toolik Field Station. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators, physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping, etc.), and leading field crews to perform the aforementioned items. Test, troubleshoot and operate instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures. Inspect and maintain aquatic sensors, gear and equipment. Perform aquatic vegetation diversity and primary productivity measurements. Sample for aquatic invertebrate and fish diversity and abundance. General duties include: Report activities, completed work, and sampling problems according to Field Operations protocols. Inspect, maintain and operate field, safety and laboratory equipment. Operate laboratory equipment (e.g. Wiley Mill, drying oven, analytical balance, centrifugal mill, pH meter, microscope, and muffle furnace). Assist the Field Operations Manager with recruiting and training of seasonal field personnel. Provide instruction and technical guidance to seasonal field personnel. Perform plot establishment by locating plots with GPS navigation as well as measuring and marking plots. Assist the Field Operations Manager with materials planning, inventory and ordering as well as day-to-day oversight of personnel and scheduling of activities coordinated from the field office. Follow NEON Project safety and Field Operations policy and procedures. Field activities may include: Follow established, standardized field protocols for sample collection and handling; record and verify accuracy of data from sample collections; process samples in the laboratory; send samples to external analytical labs. Train and lead field crews performing the aforementioned items. Perform other field sampling activities as assigned including: ground beetle collection (pitfall trapping), mosquito collection (CO2 light traps, tick collection (dragging and flagging) and soil core collection. Test, troubleshoot and operate tower, soil and aquatic instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures. Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts. Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators and physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping). Physical demands: The work is physical and involves walking, hiking, prolonged standing, walking and bending. Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 40 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. Work environment: Fieldwork includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Tower work involves performing work on instrument towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet, which will include ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs. REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Equivalent education and experience may be considered. Bachelor’s degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline. Three (3) or more years of related experience. Ability to work in a team environment. Experience should include performing scientific data entry and data management. Ability to hike off-trail to assigned field site for long distances carrying field equipment (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods. Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights). The NEON Project will take into consideration qualifications for specific and diverse experience in the following areas: Leadership: Effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others. Effective problem-solving skills and the ability to determine and act on changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment. Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities. Skills: Ability to perform minor troubleshooting, calibration, and repair of field equipment. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions. Ability and willingness to learn and adopt new technologies as needed. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. High level of attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to make effective decisions that take into consideration safety and operational standards. Working conditions: Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends. Ability and willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet including ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs on instrument towers. Perform field assignments in a variety of terrain and of weather conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat. Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, noise and toxicodendron plants (e.g. poison ivy and poison oak), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards. Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights) is required. Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States. Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical. Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle’s insurance provider. LEGAL DISCLAIMER The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department. SALARY Pay rate: $21.00 - $24.00 an hour This information reflects the anticipated base salary range for this position based on current national data. Minimums and maximums may vary based on location. Individual pay is based on skills, experience and other relevant factors. BENEFITS Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family. Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle. For more information about our other openings, please visit www.battelle.org/careers
Qualifications
REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Equivalent education and experience may be considered. Bachelor’s degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline. Three (3) or more years of related experience. Ability to work in a team environment. Experience should include performing scientific data entry and data management. Ability to hike off-trail to assigned field site for long distances carrying field equipment (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods. Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights). The NEON Project will take into consideration qualifications for specific and diverse experience in the following areas: Leadership: Effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others. Effective problem-solving skills and the ability to determine and act on changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment. Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities. Skills: Ability to perform minor troubleshooting, calibration, and repair of field equipment. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions. Ability and willingness to learn and adopt new technologies as needed. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. High level of attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to make effective decisions that take into consideration safety and operational standards. Working conditions: Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends. Ability and willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet including ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs on instrument towers. Perform field assignments in a variety of terrain and of weather conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat. Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, noise and toxicodendron plants (e.g. poison ivy and poison oak), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards. Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights) is required. Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States. Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical. Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle’s insurance provider.
Contact Person
kuchta@battelle.org
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