[ECOLOG-L] Job Opportunity: Land Health Assessment District Lead – Elko, NV

Position Objectives:
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Nevada Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) is recruiting two experienced ecologists to work
cooperatively as Elko District Leads on one of two three-person
interdisciplinary field team. The overall objective of the team is to
perform land health assessments through inventory and monitoring of
sage-grouse habitat on NV public range lands and riparian systems within
the BLM Elko district. Biotic, hydrologic, and soil qualitative
indicators are used in conjunction with quantitative data to inform
conservation planning and adaptive management decisions.

Duties:
General field duties include implementing standardized assessment and
monitoring protocols (Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring [AIM]
Strategy, and Interpreting Indicators for Range Health [IIRH]); walking
long distances over uneven terrain; taking GPS points and photos at each
site; data management; and reporting on a quarterly basis. The District
Lead will also coordinate with the LHA Program Coordinator, the Data
Specialist and the BLM Lead 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 organization skills. Office
tasks include generating sampling site locations using a randomized
selection process in ArcGIS; data organization, 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; creating
queries in an Access database 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. 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.

Location:
Terrain is typical of the Great Basin High Desert with wide, long
valleys bordered by mountain ranges. Field conditions include hot, arid
days with high exposure to the sun, as well as cold, damp winter
weather. Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered
species habitat, big game habitat, Wilderness Study Areas, active
grazing allotments, abandoned mine lands, historic and prehistoric
cultural sites, and wild horse management areas.

Contract length: 02 March 2015 – 20 November 2015; potential for
extension pending positive performance review and funding.

Rate of Pay: $1,400 biweekly salary

Benefits:
• Health insurance
• Paid personal leave
• Field per diem

Location: Elko, NV

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in one of the major natural sciences – applicants
with advanced degrees preferred;
• Applicant must be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills;
• Applicant must possess strong plant identification skills; those with
additional soil identification experience will be given preference;
• Applicants should possess 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;
• Ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass and to read a
topographical map;
• Ability to collect, QA/QC, and post-process data using handheld GPS
units, required;
• 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;
• Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a
diverse audience;
• 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;
• 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)

How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their
résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, GBI
HR Coordinator, at agladding@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please include
where you found this position posted. Incomplete applications will not
be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and will
continue until the position is filled. No phone inquiries, please. This
program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national
origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation,
or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage
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qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
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identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic
Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status,
or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation
against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing,
to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist
or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose
discrimination.

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