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Field Lead - Aquatic AIM Program

  • The Great Basin Institute
  • 12/18/19
  • Reno, NV
  • 89511
  • 2720 / Monthly
  • Full-Time
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The Aquatic Monitoring Program at GBI serves as an excellent development opportunity for natural resource professionals seeking experience in aquatic, riparian, and rangeland surveys. A component of our well-established Research Associate Program, GBIs Aquatic Monitoring effort is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management. Extensive training and technical field skills development provides employees a unique opportunity to obtain valuable experience that will increase future success.

GBI is recruiting Aquatic Monitoring Field Leads to assist in the implementation of the Bureau of Land Managements (BLM) National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (NAMF) for Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) of lotic ecosystems, as well as Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) of stream channels and streamside vegetation. The Aquatic Monitoring Field Lead will work with GBI staff, BLM staff, and Aquatic Monitoring Field Technicians and Riparian Botanists. Each Field Lead will work as part of a two-person crew (one Crew Lead, one Technician) (southwestern Colorado) or three-person crew (one Crew Lead, one Riparian Botanist, one Technician) (eastern Oregon) to sample streams and assess riparian vegetation on BLM-managed land using the BLMs Aquatic AIM protocol. If part of a three-person crew, technicians will also assess riparian vegetation using the MIM protocol for stream channels and streamside vegetation. AIM seeks to standardize the collection data that can be used at multiple scales to assist the BLM in making resource management decisions.

More information about AIM and AIM implementation can be found at

More information about MIM:

Aquatic monitoring crews will sample streams on BLM-managed lands in southwestern Colorado and eastern Oregon using the BLMs AIM protocol for wadeable lotic systems. Data collection involves measuring a variety of attributes including water chemistry and instream habitat, collecting aquatic macroinvertebrates, and conducting ocular estimates in the riparian zone. Successful applicants will be required to work and camp in the field during 8-day sampling efforts (8 days on, 6 days off). Applicants should be prepared to encounter strenuous working conditions, including off-trail hiking and traversing streams. Additional effort might be required to reach difficult sites, including overnight backpacking and use of off road vehicles.

Dependent on performance and completion of work term this position qualifies for Public Lands Corps (PLC) status given that the applicant is 30 years old or younger at the time of application for federal employment.

Field work and duties may include:
Route planning utilizing ArcMap and Google Earth
Field supervision of Technicians and Botanists.
Navigating unmaintained roads and off-trail to sampling sites utilizing GPS and back country navigation skills ;
Establishing sampling plots and transects;
Entering data into and managing the Stream and River Assessment Hub (SARAH) ipad application
Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys.

Additional duties include:
Maintaining and enforcing safety awareness and practices with the crew;
Regular communication with crew, GBI support staff and BLM agency staff; and
Participation in GBI and BLM agency trainings.

Eastern Oregon - Klamath Falls, Vale, Burns
Colorado - exact locations TBD

$1,360 biweekly salary
$150 Biweekly housing stipend
$15/night camping per diem
Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision)
Paid state holidays and personal/sick leave (after 90-day probationary period)

Experience, education, or a combination thereof in natural resources and field data collection to meet one or both of the following:
Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources, Ecology, Biology or related subject; and
Minimum of 2 years field data collection.

Leadership experience, including supervising and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
Coursework or equivalent experience in aquatic biology, hydrology, entomology, geomorphology, plant taxonomy and/or systematics;
Familiarity with lotic systems of the western United States;
Experience conducting field work using various monitoring protocols, including standard aquatic monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations;
Experience with data entry and management;
Ability to read, interpret, and navigate using topographic maps;
Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units;
Experience creating maps and performing basic functions with GIS software (ArcMap);
Experience using Google Earth and ArcMap;
Strong interest in aquatic ecology and physical processes;
Navigating off-trail to sampling sites;
Ability to live and work in remote locations for prolonged periods of time while supervising crews; and
Ability to maintain and promote a positive working environment during difficult working conditions.

Additional Requirements:
Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting, and to consistently meet high performance standards. This includes maintaining 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 drivers license and clean driving record;
Ability to complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) and submit paperwork prior to employment indicating that an active or fully adjudicated BI has been started or completed;
Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area and associated natural resource issues preferred;
Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
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 principles;
Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field;
Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights);
Backcountry travel experience and solid navigational skills; and
Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments and all types of weather, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; and
Ability to provide personal camping equipment, backpack, and hiking boots.

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