NEON

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a $430 million dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology. For the next three decades NEON will collect a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. NEON will use cutting edge technology including an airborne observation platform that will capture images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, re-locatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who will observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. A leading edge cyber-infrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory will grow to 300+ personnel and will be the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.  NEON is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. We provide freely available data, educational resources and scientific infrastructure for research. - See more at: http://www.neoninc.org/#sthash.wYhv70PK.dpuf NEON is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. We provide freely available data, educational resources and scientific infrastructure for research. - See more at: http://www.neoninc.org/#sthash.wYhv70PK.dpuf NEON is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. We provide freely available data, educational resources and scientific infrastructure for research. - See more at: http://www.neoninc.org/#sthash.wYhv70PK.dpufNEON is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. We provide freely available data, educational resources and scientific infrastructure for research. - See more at: http://www.neoninc.org/#sthash.wYhv70PK.dpuf
 

NEON Oak Ridge, TN, United States
Jan 29, 2018
Temporary
LOCATION Based in the Appalachian-Cumberland Plateau, the research conducted at the NEON Project’s Domain 07 is primarily located within the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians and Blue Ridge Mountain physiographic provinces. The domain is comprised of three research sites: 1] Core site (ORNL) at Oak Ridge, TN, 2] remote site (GRSM) at Great Smokey Mountains National Park, TN, and 3] remote site (MLBS) at Mountain Lake Biological Station near Pembroke, VA. The terrain at all three sites ranges from ridge-and-valley medium-cover deciduous forest with elevations ranging from 800 to 1200 feet, to heavily forested mountainous terrain with elevations ranging from 876’ to 6643’.   Domain 07 is host to one of the largest and most diverse stands of temperate old-growth forest in North America. Along with the splendor of the observation sites, Domain 07 also has trying aspects such as challenging off-trail hiking terrain, stinging insects, venomous snakes, and the occasional contact with a curious black bear or a territorial wild boar. DURATION : Projects start  February-June P{rejects end: September-December JOB SUMMARY Lead Temporary Field Technicians perform  and supervise  seasonal and periodic sampling of physical, chemical and biological data at one (1)-five (5) field sites, while exercising good judgement and decision-making abilities to interpret protocol requirements. Lead Temporary Field Technicians are assigned an area of primary responsibility within the scope of data collection: botany, entomology, mammalogy (except Puerto Rico and Hawaii), or limnology (except Hawaii).   Field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple Standard Operating Procedures with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions.   Daily and weekly work schedules will fluctuate.  Workdays can be up to twelve hours long and may be split with both morning and evening work, with work, at times, beginning at dawn and going through to dusk.  Workweeks can include weekends and occasionally may be up to 12 consecutive days.   Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location, and must have permanent authorization for US employment. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Performs   and supervises   field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes, etc.). Provides training to seasonal and temporary field personnel. Follows established, standardized field procedures for sample collection; records data from sample collection; and processes samples. Records activities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol. Follows safety and Field Operations policy and procedures. Reports issues with implementation of procedures and coordinates resolution with manager and technicians. Assists with routine administrative duties, special projects and other duties as assigned. Carries, moves and lifts field supplies (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) to assigned field site (which involves diverse and uneven terrain).  REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS High School Diploma.    May require an Associate's degree or experience as a fully qualified Temporary Field Technician with one (1) – two (2) years of related experience. Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurements across multiple scientific disciplines. Complex and variable systems require judgment and independent decision-making abilities Technical skills using best practices in field and ability to identify and use dichotomous keys to identify     local flora and fauna to genus and species. Local variability e.g. 200 to 1,500 local plant species. Due to the limited number of positions in each domain, technicians must be willing and able to learn and perform procedures and methods outside of the primary responsibility. Willingness to perform maintenance and field sampling outdoors in sparsely populated, remote locations, with distances ranging from 1/2 hour to 6 hours from the domain office. Overnight travel, hiking off trail, and wading in water are typical in most locations. Ability to perform strenuous outdoor activity, carry field equipment and endure variable outdoor field conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat. Ability to travel/ hike/walk on uneven terrain to work site. Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends. Ability to hike off-trail for long distances carrying field equipment, for extended periods of time. Ability to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult or hazardous terrain. Ability to work on instrument towers ranging in height from 26 feet to 240 feet and at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet (depending on assigned Domain), involving the   ability to ascend and descend multiple flights of stairs. Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise. Proficiency with MS Office Suite (e.g., Excel, Word). Ability to follow written and verbal instructions. High level of attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Strong work ethic and enthusiasm.  Must have permanent authorization for US employment. Battelle Ecology, Inc. will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship. Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical.   Must possess a current and valid state issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor Vehicle Record (parking  violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by BEI’s insurance provider. 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NEON Fresno, CA, United States
Jan 12, 2018
Full time
JOB SUMMARY Field Ecologists reports to the Field Operations Manager. Senior Field Ecologist  (Technician Specialist C6049B) - The Senior Field Ecologist is the shift lead performing and supervising seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing, and will have primary responsibility for coordinating sampling and laboratory activities at terrestrial sampling sites. The Senior Field Ecologist will have additional roles and responsibilities assisting the Field Operations Manager with management of the Domain Support Facility, hiring and training seasonal field staff, and acting as manager in the absence of the Field Operations Manager.   LOCATION The NEON Project's Domain 17-CA primary work location is in Fresno, CA. This position supports sites in the Pacific Southwest Domain, which covers most of CA. Pacific Southwest sites are located at the San Joaquin Experimental Range and on the High Sierra Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest near Fresno, CA. These sites are distributed along an elevation gradient from the Sierra foothills to about 9000’ in the Sierras. Vegetation ranges from oak savannah and scrub at the lower elevations, coniferous forest (including giant Sequoias) and granite domes in the mid to upper elevations, and alpine vegetation and barren peaks at the highest elevations. The office is located less than 3 hours from Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, the Pacific Coast, and the San Francisco area.  ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Limnology emphasis: Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators, physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping, etc.), and leading field crews to perform the aforementioned items. Test, troubleshoot and operate instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures. Inspect and maintain aquatic sensors, gear and equipment. Assist the NEON Project Systems Engineering Product Team with instrument installation and testing (approximately the first 6 months). Perform aquatic vegetation diversity and primary productivity measurements. Sample for aquatic invertebrate and fish diversity and abundance.   General duties include: Report activities, completed work, and sampling problems according to Field Operations protocols. Inspect, maintain and operate field, safety and laboratory equipment. Operate laboratory equipment (e.g. Wiley Mill, drying oven, analytical balance, centrifugal mill, pH meter, microscope, and muffle furnace). Assist the Field Operations Manager with recruiting and training of seasonal field personnel. Provide instruction and technical guidance to seasonal field personnel. Perform plot establishment by locating plots with GPS navigation as well as measuring and marking plots. Assist the Field Operations Manager with materials planning, inventory and ordering as well as day-to-day oversight of personnel and scheduling of activities coordinated from the field office. Follow NEON Project safety and Field Operations policy and procedures. Field activities may include: Follow established, standardized field protocols for sample collection and handling; record and verify accuracy of data from sample collections; process samples in the laboratory; send samples to external analytical labs. Train and lead field crews performing the aforementioned items. Perform other field sampling activities as assigned including: ground beetle collection (pitfall trapping), mosquito collection (CO2 light traps, tick collection (dragging and flagging) and soil core collection. Test, troubleshoot and operate tower, soil and aquatic instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures. Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts. Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators and physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping). Physical demands: The work is physical and involves walking, hiking, prolonged standing, walking and bending. Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 40 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.   Work environment: Fieldwork includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Tower work involves performing work on instrument towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet, which will include ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs. REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS The NEON Project will be selecting a Senior Field Ecologist.  Equivalent education and experience may be considered. Senior Field Ecologist  (Technician Specialist C6049B) Bachelor’s Degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline. Five (5) or more years’ related experience. Previous experience in scheduling, training, leading and auditing the performance of field crews required. All Field Ecologist Levels: Ability to work in a team environment. Experience should include performing scientific data entry and data management. Ability to hike off-trail to assigned field site for long distances carrying field equipment (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods. Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights). The NEON Project will take into consideration qualifications for specific and diverse experience in the following areas: Leadership: Effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others. Effective problem solving skills and the ability to determine and act on changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment. Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities. Skills: Ability to perform minor troubleshooting, calibration, and repair of field equipment. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions. Ability and willingness to learn and adopt new technologies as needed. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. High level of attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to make effective decisions that take into consideration safety and operational standards.   Working conditions: Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends. Ability and willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet including ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs on instrument towers. Perform field assignments in a variety of terrain and of weather conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat. Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, noise and toxicodendron plants (e.g. poison ivy and poison oak). Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights) is required. Must have permanent authorization for US employment. Battelle Ecology, Inc. will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship. Battelle Ecology, Inc. is a NEON contractor and provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, or disability. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle Ecology, Inc.                 Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com