Ecological Monitoring Field Leads (multiple locations)
Great Basin Institute and Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Department of

The Ecological Monitoring program at GBI, which focuses on the conservation
of natural resources in the Intermountain West, serves as an excellent
professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource
professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland

 As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of
Land Management (BLM) terrestrial and aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and
Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized
inventory and long-term ecological data at multiple scales across western
public lands. In many locations, participants will also implement the BLM
Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), which is aimed at collecting habitat
assessment data on public lands with the purpose of informing conservation
approaches for sage-grouse habitat. Opportunities in other locations
(Boise, ID and Wenatchee, WA) will include applying AIM sampling to
post-wildfire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) monitoring.

In accordance with these strategies and through partnerships with multiple
agencies, GBI’s Ecological Monitoring Program is dedicated to supporting
resource management while providing college graduates and emerging
professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting
experience in natural resource management.


In partnership with cooperating agencies, GBI is recruiting Ecological
Monitoring Field Leads to work with agency staff, GBI staff, and GBI
Ecological Monitoring Field Technicians. Each Field Lead will coordinate a
field crew (one Lead and two Technicians) to characterize vegetation using
the terrestrial or aquatic AIM protocol, Describing/Interpreting Indicators
of Rangeland Health (D/IIRH), the Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF)
protocol, and/or the Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) protocol, for which
training will be provided. The particular protocols implemented will vary
by location.

Duties include following established field protocols to conduct vegetation
sampling and field data collection on new and existing monitoring sites.
Field data will be used by resource specialists and land managers to inform
decisions regarding range management and other resource management issues
of the area. During periods of field work, camping will be required.

Field work will include:

·         Maintaining safety awareness and practices;

·         Navigating off-trail to sampling sites;

·         Establishing sampling plots and transects;

·         Identifying and describing soil horizons;

·         Collecting vegetation data (including species inventory, forb
frequency, sagebrush shape, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and
woody heights);

·         Making qualitative range assessments; and

·         Taking photo-points.

Additional duties include:

·         Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff;

·         Participation in GBI and agency trainings;

·         Entering data into and managing an Access-based database;

·         Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys;

·         Employing extensive QA/QC data checks; and

·         Leadership:

o   Supporting and managing a field crew;

o   Coordinating field logistics and scheduling; and

o   Report writing and completing administrative paperwork

*Locations and Targeted Timelines:*

Locations and timelines listed below are *tentative*, some with potential
for extension. Please indicate your availability and top three location
choices when applying. We encourage applying early in order to gain the
best chance at getting your top-choice locations.

·         Utah

o   Vernal : April – September

·         Nevada

o   Reno

·         Wyoming

o   Rawlins,  New Castle: May - September


   - $1,360.00 Biweekly Salary
   - Camping per diem

·         Housing stipend provided in some locations

·         Paid holidays and personal leave

·         Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision)


   - Leadership experience, including supervising field crews and managing
   projects simultaneously.

*Technical requirements:*

   - Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences, such as: Botany, Wildlife Biology,
   Range Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources or
   related subject;
   - Coursework or equivalent experience in plant taxonomy and/or
   - Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous
   - Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area and
   associated natural resource issues preferred;
   - Experience in describing and identifying soil horizons;
   - Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring
   protocols, including standard rangeland monitoring protocols, photo plots,
   and site observations;
   - Experience with data entry and management;
   - Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project
   summary reports;
   - Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps;
   - Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads,
   often in remote areas on unimproved roads;
   - Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS
   - Experience creating maps and performing basic functions with GIS
   software (ArcMap); and
   - Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).

*Additional requirements:*

   - Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting, and
   to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and
   team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of the AIM program and
   the mission of GBI;
   - Valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
   - Ability to complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background
   Investigation (BI) and submit paperwork to BLM human resources prior to
   beginning position indicating that an active and fully adjudicated BI has
   been started or completed;
   - Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual
   - Ability to work independently;
   - Ability to communicate effectively with team members, agency staff,
   and a diverse public;
   - Excellent organizational skills;
   - Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace
   - Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the
   - Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late
   nights); and
   - 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.

*How to Apply:*

Please visit our employment web page at:
to locate the position(s) you are most interested in and apply online
directly from our website.

Please indicate your availability and top three location choices when
applying. Application review will begin in November and will continue until
all positions are filled. We encourage applying early in order to gain the
best chance at getting your top-choice locations.  Only qualified
candidates will be contacted.

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employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage
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all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
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Recruitment Coordinator
(775) 674-5486
Great Basin Institute
16750 Mt. Rose Hwy
Reno, NV 89511

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