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 Fresno, CA, USA
Mar 13, 2019
Primary Function Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) program, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems.  Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data.  Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information.  The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales. We are currently seeking a   Field Ecologist I . This position is located in Fresno, CA. Field Ecologists reports to the Field Operations Manager. Field Ecologist I - The Field Ecologist I is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. Seasonal field sampling is conducted with the assistance of temporary field crews under the guidance of the Field Ecologist. Location The NEON Program'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. Major 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. 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. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
NEON Front Royal, VA, USA
Mar 13, 2019
Full time
Field Ecologists reports to the Field Operations Manager . Field Ecologist I -   The Field Ecologist I is a technical position that performs routine maintenance and inventory management on all terrestrial and possibly aquatic instrumentation and sampling equipment. Location NEON’s Domain 02 encompasses the mid-Atlantic region from Georgia to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The core site, which is home to the domain’s support facility and laboratory, is located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal VA, only 66 miles from Washington DC. The other two sites that comprise D02 are located in Annapolis, MD at the Smithsonian Ecological Research Center (SERC) and at Blandy Experimental Farm, in Boyce VA, a Part of University of Virginia. The field season here begins in March and runs through to the beginning of November so you will experience the full spectrum of weather this area can offer.  There are ticks that carry Lyme disease, among other zoonotics, and the vegetation can often be difficult to work in. Because SERC is over two hours away, there will be overnight stays that can last up to a week depending on the sampling that is taking place.  Techs will need to be flexible in the hours that they will be asked to work, with some days starting before dawn and some ending after dusk.  Much of our work is conducted at plots that will remain active research sites for the length of the project. Access to the plots is typically off-trail and can require walking 100 to 400 meters on uneven ground through thick vegetation and elevation changes.    Opportunities for outdoor recreation are plentiful as we are surrounded by national parks and forests and within a short drive to everything that our nation’s capital city can offer.  As a D02 employee, you receive a Smithsonian ID, after going through a background check, which can be used to access museums and discounts for parking and merchandise. Major Responsibilities Instrumentation (tower) emphasis: Test, troubleshoot and operate instruments, sensors, calibration equipment and test fixtures. Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts. Record activities, completed work and trouble tickets according to Field Operations protocol. Computer interfacing with sensors for troubleshooting and remote monitoring purposes (i.e. PuTTY, specific sensor software, SAS or other visual analytic tool) Example of relevant instrumentation: Eddy Covariance turbulent exchange and storage exchange sensors, aspirated air temperature sensors, anemometers (2D and 3D), photometer, pyranometer, LI-840A, Picarro G2131-I or L2130-I, Mass flow controllers/meters, Radiometers, LI-7200, soil sensors including - salinity/moisture, CO2, heat flux, wet deposition, precipitation gauges (DFIR, tipping bucket, throughfalls), humidity probe, barometer, SUNA (Submersible Ultraviolet Nitrate analyzer), multiparameter sonde, and pressure transducers  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. Position Requirements The NEON Project will be selecting a Field Ecologist I.   Equivalent education and experience may be considered. Field Ecologist I Bachelor’s degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline, or technical. One (1) or more years’ of related experience to include: Instrumentation (e.g. maintaining terrestrial, aquatic, and/or flux instrumentation; maintenance of electrical/mechanical components; maintenance of laboratory equipment.) Field Experience  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), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards. Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights) is required.  Must have permanent authorization for US employment.   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 Battelle’s insurance provider. Legal Disclaimer The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department. BENEFITS Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.  Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. 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.
NEON Gainesville, FL, USA
Mar 13, 2019
Full time
We are currently seeking a   Full-time Lead Field Technician .  This position is located in Gainesville, FL. Location Domain 3 is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, home of the University of Florida. This is a nice medium sized college town with a lot to do in off hours. The climate is hot and wet during the summer and cool and dry in winter.  Frequent thunderstorms occur from late spring through the summer and sometimes into fall. This is also the hurricane season.  We travel frequently since our remote sites are the Disney Wilderness Preserve (about 2.5 hours south), and the JW Jones Ecological Research Center in Georgia (about 4.5 hours north). The Disney site is a wetland project so the ground is frequently wet.  Sampling at these sites is usually an overnight trip, sometimes all week. Lodging is provided and expenses are reimbursed. The local site is the Ordway Swisher Biological Field station (University of Florida) in nearby Melrose. The terrain is generally flat with some rolling hills. The plant communities vary by site and range from flatwoods matrix with wetlands at Disney and varying degrees of sandhill at both Ordway Swisher (local) and Jones (Georgia).  There is a high degree of plant and animal diversity. There are many stinging insects and plants that cause rashes. Since this is the south, there are venomous snakes, and alligators to contend with, but if you’re careful they won’t be an issue. Working schedules are generally straight-forward, except for some split days (off in the middle of the day) for the small mammal team and some evening work for the plant team. Weeks are 40 hours with possible overtime and usually not weekends. Techs will need to be flexible in the hours that they will be asked to work with some days starting before dawn and some ending after dusk. The ratio of field to lab work is about 75% field and 25% lab. There is plentiful housing available in the Gainesville area. Major Responsibilities Lead 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 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. 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). Position Requirements High School Diploma. May require an Associate's degree or experience as a fully qualified 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 aquatic or terrestrial flora and fauna to genus and 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 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, long distances, on uneven terrain, at remote locations, in all types of weather, carrying packs weighing up to 40lbs. 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. Field work may require frequent exposure to toxicodendrons (e.g. poison ivy and poison oak), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards. 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.  Previous NEON Project field experience will be highly considered US Citizen or permanent resident only Legal Disclaimer BENEFITS Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.  Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. 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. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com