The Research and Monitoring Specialist’s primary purpose is to assist Managers, the Director and the Board of Supervisors in the development and implementation of monitoring programs that assess the effectiveness of conservation practices implemented by the District. Serving as an integral member of a team of conservation professionals working both in the field and office.
The position will plan, organize, and coordinate stream, wetland, soil, habitat and other monitoring programs and projects; organize and coordinate public events; and assist other staff in carrying out miscellaneous grant or contract-related tasks as part of the District’s annual plan of work. The successful candidate will become a member of the District’s team of natural resource conservation professionals working together to enhance and protect natural resources within the District.
Bachelor’s degree (BS/BA) in Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Soil Science or a closely related field; OR a technical degree (AS/AA) and 2-years related experience. Qualifying experience may substitute year-for-year for the education requirement.
Knowledge of soil science and watershed management with an emphasis on hydrology, stream ecology, geomorphology, water quality and wetlands.
Good understanding of the watersheds located in the Palouse Conservation District, current land use practices and resource management issues and challenges.
Experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
Experience with ESRI GIS programs (ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, Survey123, and ArcGIS Collector).
Strong programming skills in R, Python or other applicable languages.
Experience in collecting field data including water and soil samples and the use of GPS.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to travel as needed.
Physically able to carry up to 50lbs. over steep and rough terrain in inclement weather conditions.
Physically able and willing to assist with field collection and restoration of streams located in the District.
Valid, unrestricted driver’s license.
Master’s degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Soil Science or related field.
Experience calibrating and running watershed models.
Experience processing remote sensing data from Landsat and Sentinel satellites.
Budget development and management and funding development experience.
Strong writing skills and grant writing experience.
Experience with statistical analysis of soil, water quality, and vegetation data including both parametric and nonparametric tests.
Database development and management experience.
Experience with Smartsheet work collaboration software.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) pilot; has a current remote pilot certificate (pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR part 61)
Working knowledge of local, state, and federal conservation programs through Farm Service Agency or Natural Resources Conservation Services currently available to landowners such as EQIP, CRP, CREP, etc. and related conservation Best Management Practices (BMP’s).
Experience with natural resource education and outreach.
Experience installing, maintaining and using water quality sensors, sondes and data loggers.
Highly motivated and organized.