Program Specialist, Sr

NMSU Jornada Experimental Range
Las Cruces, NM
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This position involves multiple field projects as described below. Fieldwork includes working as a member of a two- to four-person team at remote locations throughout southern NM and the southwest. Much of the field work includes extensive travel throughout southern New Mexico on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands. Some interstate travel may be required. Fieldwork includes hiking with up to a 40-pound pack in rugged terrain and adverse weather conditions (30-100°F, windy, insects, and thorny vegetation). Field days may range from 8 to 12 hours of work in a single day. Vegetation monitoring/research (by project): Condition and Trend: November – February is approximately 45% field monitoring, 0-15% laboratory work, and 40-55% office work, data entry, error checking and processing. Methods include repeat photo points, step-point and production. Historic data entry: The data are currently scanned, paper data forms, dating back several decades. The incumbent will work with the Range Management Specialists at the Bureau of Land Management and Biological Technician stationed at the Jornada Experimental Range for project management and data entry priorities. Basic quality assurance and quality control measures are expected. Duneland Restoration Project (DuRP): Mid-January through March is 10-60% fieldwork collecting line-point intercept and implementing a restoration project on the USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range. July - August – a couple days of line-point intercept and fieldwork in support of restoration project. Sustainable Southwest Beef and Long-Term Agro Ecosystem Research ( and ): February – April is approximately 20-25% field work collecting line-point intercept, gap intercept and annual biomass in the field. May – Jul approximately one day a month collecting economic variables at ranches in New Mexico, Utah and California. August – September is approximately 20-25% field work collecting line-point intercept, gap intercept and annual biomass in the field. December – lab and office duties may include biomass weighing, data entry, bulk density processing and shipping soils to a lab for further analysis. Restore New Mexico: Late August – mid November is approximately 40-60% field work collecting line-point intercept, photos, species richness and indicators of soil surface processes throughout southern New Mexico. Additional field campaigns may include long-term ecotone research, bird surveys in support of Restore NM or LTAR research, and installation of rainout shelters and simulating grazing (with clippers) in support of collaborative climate research project. Office projects may include creating metadata and publishing historic data sets to the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), web content development (WordPress), as well as other tasks.
This position requires a demonstrated ability to: collaborate in the field and office; follow written and oral instructions; coordinate data entry; maintain records; plant identification; knowledge of standardized plant codes; handheld GPS navigation; collecting photo points; accurate data collection; DIMA Microsoft Access database data entry; error-checking; use of appropriate time management; work independently; conduct manual labor; and communication among multiple research leaders. Additional duties may include entering research and monitoring data into Access database; error-checking data; self-directed work using ArcGIS, MS Excel, DIMA, MS Access, creating metadata and working collaborative with other agency personnel. An interest in scientific communication and graphic design preferred but not required.
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