*Ecological Monitoring District Lead – *

*Battle Mountain, NV and Winnemucca, NV*

*Great Basin Institute and Bureau of Land Management *

The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent
professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource
professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland
surveys. This program is a component of our well-established Research
Associate Program
which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain
West. As an element of this program, participants implement the Bureau of
Land Management’s national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM)
strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and
long-term vegetation data at multiple scales across western BLM districts.
In accordance with this strategy and through a partnership with the BLM,
GBI’s ecological monitoring program is dedicated to providing college
graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory,
monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.

This video <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LciTBPG2-Ss&feature=youtu.be>
highlights the BLM’s AIM strategy for landscape-scale data capture across
the western states.

*Position Objectives: *

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Nevada Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) is recruiting three experienced ecologists to work as a
District Lead on a three-person interdisciplinary field team. The overall
objective of each team is to perform plot sampling to inventory and monitor
public range lands and riparian systems within a designated BLM-NV District
(see locations below). Biotic, hydrologic, and soil qualitative indicators
are used in conjunction with quantitative data to inform conservation
planning and adaptive management decisions.

*Duties and Responsibilities: *

General field duties include implementing standard sampling protocols
(Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring [AIM], and Interpreting Indicators
for Range Health [IIRH]), walking long distances over uneven terrain,
maintaining safety awareness and practices, recording GPS points, taking
photo points, backcountry navigation, and data organization. The District
Lead will also coordinate with the Ecological Monitoring Program
Coordinator, the Data Specialist, and the BLM Technical Adviser for project
planning, field protocol and data QA/QC, team deployment and supervision,
equipment organization and maintenance. This is a supervisory position,
thus the successful applicant must have strong communication skills (both
verbal and written) and exhibit strong leadership and organizational
skills, and safety awareness. Office tasks include reporting on a quarterly
basis, data management, data processing and QA/QC, post-processing GPS
points, utilizing geoprocessing tools in GIS to create and edit polygons as
well as point and line data, and creating reports with GIS maps, pictures,
and concise field notes. This position requires advanced GIS skills in
ArcGIS 10.x and related mapping software and will play a vital role in
facilitating the effective and efficient collection of monitoring data and
its delivery. This position will require regular travel and camping during
the field season in order to ensure that all transects are successfully
completed during the field season and may require long hours including
early mornings and weekends.

*Locations: *

*Battle Mountain* – This small, rural community (pop. ~3,600) is located
along I-80 in northern NV, and is situated in the high desert (~4,500 ft.
elevation) where ranching/mining are the local economic drivers. The town
is central to larger cities, including Winnemucca (60 miles west), Elko (70
miles east), and Reno (220 miles southwest). Numerous recreation
opportunities in the region include hiking, fishing, hunting, hot springs,
star gazing, biking, camping, backpacking, and exploring historical sites.
The Ruby Mountains and Water Canyon, outside of Elko and Winnemucca,
respectively, are beautiful places to visit nearby. Lake Tahoe-Nevada State
Park to the southwest and Great Basin National Park to the southeast are
each within about a 4-hour drive of Battle Mountain. The District Lead
position is based out of the BLM-NV Battle Mountain District Office, which
manages over 10 million acres of public land typically of basin-and-range
topography with Great Basin Desert/sage brush steppe in the north, and
Mojave Desert in the southern part of the district.

*Winnemucca* – Currently celebrating its centennial, Winnemucca is a small
(pop. ~7,500) town in northwestern Nevada, approximately 2.5 hours east of
Reno, NV and 2 hours west of Elko, NV on I-80, and 5.5 hours south of
Boise, ID on State Highway 95. Nested in the basin and range province of
the western U.S., elevations range from approximately 4,000 feet to close
to 10,000 feet. The District Lead position is based out of the BLM-NV
Winnemucca District Office, which encompasses roughly 11 million acres, of
which 7.38 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM.

*Contract length: *Beginning October 2017 and renewable annually pending
positive performance review and available funding.

*Rate of Pay: *$1,440 biweekly

*Benefits: *

• Health insurance

• Paid vacation, sick, and holiday time

• Field per diem

*Qualifications: *

*Technical requirements: *

·         Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in one of the major natural sciences
– applicants with advanced degrees preferred;

·         Field experience in leadership roles;

·         Familiarity with best practices with preparing for and
maintaining field safety;

·         Relevant or related field experience – knowledge of and/or
experience in high desert and Great Basin ecology preferred;

·         Understanding of basic principles related to botany, soil
science, wildlife biology, geology, and/or hydrology;

·         Experience identifying plants in the field and using a
dichotomous key;

·         Experience in describing and identifying soil horizons;

·         Experience with data entry and management;

·         Ability to use handheld GPS units for navigation and to collect
spatial data;

·         Ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass and to read
a topographic map;

·         Experience with technical writing and/or producing written
project summary reports;

·         Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).

·         Ability to collect, QC, and post-process data;

·         Possess a clear understanding of GIS theory and applications,
including experience with ArcGIS 10.x to create maps, manipulate and
analyze data, and generate reports;

*Additional requirements: *

·         Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license and the
ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; and

·         Meet requirements of federal agency security background checks
(i.e., FBI criminal and National Sex Offender Public Registry, Department
of Interior Security Screening).

·         Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with
a diverse audience;

·         Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish
mutual goals;

·         Excellent organizational skills;

·         Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in
remote field locations;

·         Physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and field
equipment, and withstand working and camping in inclement weather during
late winter, spring, and summer in northern Nevada;

·         Experience in best practices for field safety and awareness of
low impact principles for living and working in the backcountry;

·         Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late

·         Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work
in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards
of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;

·         Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance
standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI.

The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI)
Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to BLM human resources
indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed.

*How to Apply: *

Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal:


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