We are currently seeking Temporary Lead Field Technicians across the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Application Instructions: ONLY apply to the one (1) position at the one (1) location you would consider as your first choice. During the application process, you will provide additional domains/locations you would be willing to work at if your first choice is not available.
Lead Temporary Field Technicians perform and supervise seasonal and periodic sampling of physical, chemical and biological data at one (1)-five (5) field sites, while exercising good judgement and decision-making abilities to interpret protocol requirements. Lead Temporary Field Technicians are assigned an area of primary responsibility within the scope of data collection: botany, entomology, mammalogy (except Puerto Rico and Hawaii), or limnology (except Hawaii).
Field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple Standard Operating Procedures with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions.
Daily and weekly work schedules will fluctuate. Workdays can be up to twelve hours long and may be split with both morning and evening work, with work, at times, beginning at dawn and going through to dusk. Workweeks can include weekends and occasionally may be up to 12 consecutive days.
Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location, and must have permanent authorization for US employment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Performs and supervises field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes, etc.).
• Provides training to seasonal and temporary field personnel.
• Follows established, standardized field procedures for sample collection; records data from sample collection; and processes samples.
• Records activities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol.
• Follows safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.
• Reports issues with implementation of procedures and coordinates resolution with manager and technicians.
• Assists with routine administrative duties, special projects and other duties as assigned.
• Carries, moves and lifts field supplies (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) to assigned field site (which involves diverse and uneven terrain).
A complete job description and domain location anticipated hiring schedule is available at http://www.neonscience.org/about/careers.
REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
• High School Diploma. May require an Associate's degree or experience as a fully qualified Temporary Field Technician with one (1) – two (2) years of related experience.
• Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurements across multiple scientific disciplines. Complex and variable systems require judgment and independent decision-making abilities
• Technical skills using best practices in field and ability to identify and use dichotomous keys to identify local flora and fauna to genus and species. Local variability e.g. 200 to 1,500 local plant species.
• Due to the limited number of positions in each domain, technicians must be willing and able to learn and perform procedures and methods outside of the primary responsibility.
• Willingness to perform maintenance and field sampling outdoors in sparsely populated, remote locations, with distances ranging from 1/2 hour to 6 hours from the domain office. Overnight travel, hiking off trail, and wading in water are typical in most locations.
• Ability to perform strenuous outdoor activity, carry field equipment and endure variable outdoor field conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat.
• Ability to travel/ hike/walk on uneven terrain to work site.
• 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 to hike off-trail for long distances carrying field equipment, for extended periods of time.
• Ability to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult or hazardous terrain.
• Ability to work on instrument towers ranging in height from 26 feet to 240 feet and at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet (depending on assigned Domain), involving the ability to ascend and descend multiple flights of stairs.
• Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise.
• Proficiency with MS Office Suite (e.g., Excel, Word).
• Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
• High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Strong work ethic and enthusiasm.
Must have permanent authorization for US employment. Battelle Ecology, Inc. will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship.
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 BEI’s insurance provider.
Battelle Ecology, Inc. provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, or disability. 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 Ecology, Inc.
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