In cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District Office (WDO), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one (1) Research Associate (RA) to serve as a Travel Management Inventory (TMI) Recreation Specialist. The Specialist will work with BLM staff to facilitate and coordinate the District’s Travel Management inventory, with a particular emphasis on sage grouse Focal Areas (SFAs). The Specialist would review, organize and clean up existing GIS data from previous travel management inventories in WDO and then field check and update route inventories. Volunteers, including the general public, user organizations, conservation organizations, and other stakeholders may be utilized to aid in implementation activities. As necessary, the Specialist will assist with recruiting, training, and managing volunteers as well as assisting with public outreach events and with other recreation management needs. The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate the desired skills and the ability to work well with BLM staff, other stakeholders, and the general public.
o Rate of Pay: $23.00/hour, full-time, 40 hours per week
o Weekend hours may be required occasionally
o Paid Health/Dental benefits
o Paid Personal Leave
o 28 week appointment beginning in November 2017, or upon availability and completion of a Department of Interior NACI Background Investigation.
Winnemucca, NV – located in northern Nevada, along the I-80 corridor, Winnemucca is a town of approximately 7,200 residents and sits at an elevation of 4,200 feet above sea level. The surrounding landscape is typical of the Basin and Range province and sage steppe ecosystem that dominates this high desert region. The more than 8 million acres of public lands, including the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area and surrounding Wilderness areas, afford users ample opportunities for year-round recreation, rock hounding, and wildlife and wild flower viewing, among other opportunities. The town boasts a rich Basque and Pioneer history and is a gateway to the annual Burning Man Festival. Winnemucca is located approximately 2.5 hours northeast of Reno, NV; 1.5 hours west of Elko, NV; and 4 hours south of Boise, ID.
o Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management or related subject, such as GIS, Natural Resources Management, or Environmental Resources and/or Planning, and/or commensurate experience, such as:
o Experience with outdoor recreation planning and implementation;
o Experience working with different stakeholders with TMP planning and implementation;
o Experience with volunteer recruitment, training and management;
o Experience coordinating and conducting site visits, troubleshooting issues and assisting in problem solving; and
o Basic familiarity with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, desired;
o Experience working with basic Microsoft Office computer programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access);
o Experience with hand-held GPS equipment for navigation, data collection, and importing data into ESRI ArcGIS;
o Experience with ArcGIS
o Experience with remote sensing and/or education, highly desirable
o Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working with a diverse audience, including agency staff, stakeholders and the general public;
o Motivated, self-starter, problem solver with strong organizational skills;
o Possess valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license with experience operating a 4×4 vehicle on remote, primitive 4-wheel-drive roads; experience operating or comfortable learning to operate an ATV/UTV or other off-highway vehicle;
o Ability to work safely in the field or office, and to rapidly and independently assess whether or not it is safe to continue work activities; and
o Ability to work in harsh environments, in remote locations and physically able to hike in rough and uneven terrain carrying field and personal equipment.
o The successful candidate must complete and NACI Background Investigation (BI) prior to beginning the position or gaining access to government facilities and/or equipment. Applicants already in possession of a fully adjudicated BI should clearly state this in their cover letter.
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