Inventory and Monitoring Data Support Specialist: Sacramento, CA

Great Basin Institute
Sacramento, CA
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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) initiated the Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program for National Wildlife Refuges in 2010 to help refuge staff implement evidence-based management. Starting in 2020, the I&M program has been working with refuge staff to document their highest priority resource of concern, develop SMART management objectives and develop an Inventory and Monitoring Plan (IMP). The IMP identifies the surveys (and associated data) needed to evaluate progress in achieving SMART management objectives. As more IMPs are completed, the I&M program is faced with the challenge of helping refuges document IMP survey protocols and use the resulting data. Protocols are needed to document the full cycle of a survey, from sampling design, data collection, data management, data analysis, reporting, and ultimately describe how the data will be used to evaluate the SMART management objectives. The products of protocol implementation (reports, summaries, or presentations, as determined in development of each protocol) will need to support the iterative process of evidence-based management by learning from the results and using the information to adapt and improve refuge land management. The Data Support Specialist will promote and implement best data management practices to support refuge staff as they develop and implement survey protocols. The data support specialist will work closely with the Region 8 Refuges Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M) data managers and refuge staff to perform the following duties: *Travel to refuges to assist refuge staff with field survey and protocol development; *Use existing documentation and refuge staff interviews to document survey protocols using the National Wildlife Refuge System Survey Protocol Template (, the “How to Develop Survey Protocols: A Handbook (, and other reference materials; *Evaluate the state of survey datasets relative to national and regional data standards; *Apply national and regional data standards to new or existing survey datasets, including geospatial data; *Develop and update tools and associated guidance associated with survey data collection, data analysis, and data management. This includes the development of scripts to analyze and manage survey data; *Provide technical support to refuges to improve understanding about and use of available data tools, guidance, and standards; *Develop survey data models depicting the survey data life cycle; *Develop or maintain digital platforms for sharing data tools, standards, and guidance; and *Develop and populate structures (in ServCat) for archiving survey products (the protocol and associated materials such as standard operating procedures, scripts, data, etc.).
FWS requires a qualified Inventory and Monitoring Planning Data Support Specialist with strong technical writing skills, strong organizational skills, and the ability to meet data standards, follow workflow processes and synthesize information into clear, concise documentation. To provide such expertise, GBI seeks an individual who fulfills the following qualifications: *Bachelor's degree in natural resource management, data science, or related discipline, plus demonstrated experience in the technical skills below; those with an advanced degree are encouraged to apply; *Experience in data collection and management, subjecting data to quality checks, and data compilation, analysis, visualization, and interpretation; *Experience in developing data dictionaries and data management plans for new and existing data sets; *Familiarity with organizing, compiling, and documenting legacy data records; *Ability to develop standardized data processes/workflows, and keywords/taxonomy to compile and organize legacy data from multiple sources; *Experience following standardized templates and instructions; *Familiarity with the development, documentation, and use of survey protocols, data standards, and work flows; *Familiarity with database development and automation of data processing; *Ability to summarize habitat and species information from multiple data sources; *Proficiency in using Access, SQL, and/or R to run standard database queries or execute scripts; *Proficiency in using the MS Office suite of software; *Experience with applications of GIS mapping and related software, technologies and products; *Experience in project tracking, including ability to synthesize input from multiple sources and Strong organizational skills, and experience in and ability to organize and track data records and project status; *Ability to communicate with a diverse audience, both in writing and verbally; *Strong skills in technical writing to clearly convey data management and analysis procedures in plain language; *Familiarity with field implementation of detailed protocols for sampling wildlife, vegetation, habitat characteristics, or other environmental features; *Familiarity with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mission, goals and operations; the Inventory and Monitoring Program of the National Wildlife Refuge System; and National Wildlife Refuges of the Pacific Southwest Region and associated resource features and issues, preferred; *Willingness to travel as needed to gather data and other information from refuges and attend meetings with refuge staff; *Valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license; and *Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the USFWS.
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Lynn Zimmerman
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