Field Technician II - Instrumentation

Location: Gainesville, FL

Please review the job description below.  If you are interested, please apply 

Worker Category :Regular Full-Time

Battelle and its affiliate, Battelle Ecology, Inc. manages and operates the 
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEONTM)project, which is solely funded 
by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to 
understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact 
ecology, the observatory's scientists and engineers are collecting a 
comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 
eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems.  Our teams use cutting-edge 
technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of 
regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data 
collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; 
and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms 
and collect soil and water data.  Once structures are completed, a leading edge 
cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information.  The 
Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its designed 
to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.

The Field Technician reports to the Field Operations Manager.

  *   Field Technician II - The Field Technician II is a biological sampling 
lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample 
processing. The Field Technician II will be the technical lead for performing 
routine maintenance and inventory management on all terrestrial sampling 
equipment, and will provide guidance to temporary field crews while working in 
the field and laboratory.

Domain 3 is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, home of the University of 
Florida. This is a nice medium sized college town with a lot to do in off 
hours. The climate is hot and wet during the summer and cool and dry in winter. 
 Frequent thunderstorms occur from late spring through the summer and sometimes 
into fall. This is also the hurricane season.

We travel frequently since our remote sites are the Disney Wilderness Preserve 
(about 2.5 hours south), and the JW Jones Ecological Research Center in Georgia 
(about 4.5 hours north). The Disney site is a wetland project so the ground is 
frequently wet.  Sampling at these sites is usually an overnight trip, 
sometimes all week. Lodging is provided and expenses are reimbursed. The local 
site is the Ordway Swisher Biological Field station (University of Florida) in 
nearby Melrose.

The terrain is generally flat with some rolling hills. The plant communities 
vary by site and range from flatwoods matrix with wetlands at Disney and 
varying degrees of sandhill at both Ordway Swisher (local) and Jones (Georgia). 
 The areas provide a high degree of plant and animal diversity, along with many 
stinging insects and plants that cause rashes. Since this is the south, there 
are poisonous snakes, and alligators to contend with, but if you're careful 
they won't be an issue.


Instrumentation (tower) emphasis:

*       Test, troubleshoot and operate instruments, calibration equipment and 
test fixtures.

*       Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor 
mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts.

*       Assist the NEON Systems Engineering Product Team with instrument 
installation and testing (approximately the first 6 months).

*       Record activities, completed work and trouble tickets according to 
Field Operations protocol.

General duties include:

  *   Report activities, completed work, and sampling problems according to 
Field Operations protocols.
  *   Inspect, maintain and operate field, safety and laboratory equipment.
  *   Operate laboratory equipment (e.g. Wiley Mill, drying oven, analytical 
balance, centrifugal mill, pH meter, microscope, and muffle furnace).
  *   Assist the Field Operations Manager with recruiting and training of 
seasonal field personnel.
  *   Provide instruction and technical guidance to seasonal field personnel.
  *   Perform plot establishment by locating plots with GPS navigation as well 
as measuring and marking plots.
  *   Assist the Field Operations Manager with materials planning, inventory 
and ordering as well as day-to-day oversight of personnel and scheduling of 
activities coordinated from the field office.
  *   Follow NEON safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.

Field activities may include:

  *   Follow established, standardized field protocols for sample collection 
and handling; record and verify accuracy of data from sample collections; 
process samples in the laboratory; send samples to external analytical labs. 
Train and lead field crews performing the aforementioned items.
  *   Perform other field sampling activities as assigned including: ground 
beetle collection (pitfall trapping), mosquito collection (CO2 light traps, 
tick collection (dragging and flagging) and soil core collection.
  *   Test, troubleshoot and operate tower, soil and aquatic instruments, 
calibration equipment and test fixtures.
  *   Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor 
mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts.
  *   Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators 
and physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping).

Physical demands:

  *   The work is physical and involves walking, hiking, prolonged standing, 
walking and bending. Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 40 pounds) 
must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.
  *   Work environment:
  *   Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, 
pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Tower work 
involves performing work on instrument towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 
300 feet which will include ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs

  *   Ability to work in a team environment.
  *   Experience should include performing scientific data entry and data 
  *   Ability to hike off-trail to assigned field site for long distances 
carrying field equipment (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods of 
  *   Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly 
for 3-4 nights).

Battelle Ecology, Inc. will be selecting an individual for a Field Technician 
II level. Equivalent education and experience may be considered.

Field Technician II

  *   Bachelor's Degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related 
scientific discipline.
  *   Three (3) or more years' related experience. Previous experience in 
scheduling, training, leading and auditing the performance of field crews 

Battelle Ecology, Inc. will take into consideration qualifications for specific 
and diverse experience in the following areas:


  *   Effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others.
  *   Effective problem solving skills and the ability to determine and act on 
changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
  *   Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities.


  *   Ability to perform minor troubleshooting, calibration, and repair of 
field equipment.
  *   Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  *   Ability and willingness to learn and adopt new technologies as needed.
  *   Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  *   High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  *   Ability to make effective decisions that take into consideration safety 
and operational standards.

Working conditions:

  *   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 and willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet 
to 300 feet including ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs on 
instrument towers.
  *   Perform field assignments in a variety of terrain and of weather 
conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat.
  *   Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise.
  *   Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly 
for 3-4 nights) is required.

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 Battelle Ecology Inc.'s insurance provider.

Must have permanent authorization for US employment. Battelle Ecology, Inc. 
will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship.

This position offers competitive total rewards including 401(k), health, vision 
and dental insurance, paid time off and the opportunity to work at an 
organization with a great mission.

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.

Melissa Benedetti
Office: 720.921.2710<>

1685 38th Street Suite 100.
Boulder, CO 80301<>

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