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Hydrology Technician

The Hydrology Technician will assist Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District Office Natural Resources staff in identifying and characterizing riparian habitat within sage grouse population management units (PMUs), which are considered priority habitat for greater sage grouse. Field data will be used to determine whether land health standards are being met in high priority sage grouse PMUs and to support management decisions. More specifically, the Technician will:

Conduct meadow, spring, and water quality inventories, including collection of qualitative and quantitative data on riparian habitat characteristics using digital cameras, portable water quality meters, and standardized field forms;
Map riparian areas using GPS units and ArcGIS technology;
Plan field work locations using ArcGIS software;
Transfer and process data from GPS using ArcMap;
Download photographs to a database and cross reference to the GPS/GIS data;
Support the Districts drought monitoring efforts by completing drought monitoring datasheets, including utilization data, and conduct localized filing of assessments, photos, and where applicableshapefiles or GPS waypoints.
The Hydrologist will gain experience in priority habitat characterizations, as well as associated data management, while supporting BLM initiatives for management of multi-use federal lands.

Compensation & Timeline:
Rate of Pay: $17.00/hour
Health insurance (medical, dental and vision)
Paid holidays, sick and personal leave;
Timeline: 6-month appointment beginning in April 2017 through September 30, 2017 or upon availability and following adjudication of a Department of Interior Federal Background Investigation

The BLM Winnemucca District (WD) encompasses roughly 11 million acres, of which 7.38 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM. Elevations range from approximately 4,000 feet to close to 10,000 feet. Winnemucca lies roughly in the northwest part of Nevada, nested in the basin and range province of the western U.S. The WD is 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.

Technical requirements:
Bachelors degree in hydrology, geography/geology, soil/range science or related field;
Minimum of 1 year experience related to hydrology or surface/ground water management and/or planning and documentation, or other related experience;
Experience using ArcGIS 10.x and operating hand-held GPS units for navigation and electronic field data collection (previous experience operating Trimble units a plus);
Prior experience interpreting and or preparing documents for NEPA, CEQA, or related environmental policy highly desirable;
Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate in an Interdisciplinary Team setting, and educate a diverse public on BLM land management (multiple-use) principles and range/water resource management concepts;
Experience conducting research and literature reviews, reviewing and drafting technical reports, and document editing;
Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass; and
Previous experience working with the BLM and/or working in the Central Great Basin region highly desirable.

Additional requirements:
Ability to work independently and in a team setting to accomplish project goals;
Possess good organizational skills with ability to meet deadlines and produce professional deliverables including draft documents for team review;
Ability to operate basic computer equipment, including scanners, and Microsoft Office programs, including Access;
Flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record with experience safely operating 4WD trucks on and off paved roads, including narrow and steep forest roads, and conducting routine vehicle maintenance;
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; and
Some knowledge of NV water law preferred, but not required.
Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI). Applicants who already possess an active and fully adjudicated BI will be strongly considered.

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