The Great Basin Institute

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs.

The Great Basin Institute promotes environmental research, education and service through agency partnerships, such as those with the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. Under Cooperative or Assistance Agreements, the institute furthers professional development and workforce advancement by collaborating with resource management agencies, supporting the next generation of natural resource professionals.  Positions may offer undergraduate or graduate credit and may also provide educational awards through the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Build your future with the institute and our public land management partners!

The Great Basin Institute United States
Oct 04, 2018
Job Description : The Ecological Monitoring program at GBI, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West, serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) terrestrial and aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term ecological data at multiple scales across western public lands. In many locations, participants will also implement the BLM Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), which is aimed at collecting habitat assessment data on public lands with the purpose of informing conservation approaches for sage-grouse habitat. Opportunities in other locations (Boise, ID and Wenatchee, WA) will include applying AIM sampling to post-wildfire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) monitoring.  In accordance with these strategies and through partnerships with multiple agencies, GBI’s Ecological Monitoring Program is dedicated to supporting resource management while providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management. This   video   highlights the national BLM AIM strategy for landscape-scale data capture across western states.   Description: In partnership with cooperating agencies, GBI is recruiting Ecological Monitoring Field Technicians to work with agency staff, GBI staff, and GBI Ecological Monitoring Field Technicians. Each Field Lead Technician will work with a team (one Lead and two Technicians) to characterize vegetation using the terrestrial or aquatic AIM protocol, Describing/Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health (D/IIRH), the Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) protocol, and/or the Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) protocol, for which training will be provided. The particular protocols implemented will vary by location.  Duties include following established field protocols to conduct vegetation sampling and field data collection on new and existing monitoring sites. Field data will be used by resource specialists and land managers to inform decisions regarding range management and other resource management issues of the area. During periods of field work, camping will be required.  Field work will include: • Maintaining safety awareness and practices;  • Navigating off-trail to sampling sites;  • Establishing sampling plots and transects;  • Identifying and describing soil horizons; • Collecting vegetation data (including species inventory, forb frequency, sagebrush shape, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and woody heights);  • Making qualitative range assessments; and  • Taking photo-points. Additional duties include: • Participation in GBI and agency trainings; • Entering data into and managing an Access-based database;  • Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys;  • Employing extensive QA/QC data checks;  Locations and Targeted Timelines: The AIM field season is currently underway, but we are accepting resumes and will contact qualified individuals in the event there is an opening. If you are interested in the 2019 field season (generally April-October) please note it in your cover letter. Recruitment for 2019 positions will begin this fall. Please contact for more information.   Contract Timeline: Location:Locations and timelines listed below are tentative, some with potential for extension. Please indicate your availability and top three location choices when applying. We encourage applying early in order to gain the best chance at getting your top-choice locations.   • California   o Susanville: April - October   • Idaho   o Owyhee Challis (additional Idaho locations may be available): April – September • Oregon   o Burns, Lakeview, and Vale: April - October • Utah o Northern Utah, Kanab,/Escalante, Salt Lake City, Cedar City, Vernal: May - September • Washington o Wenatchee: April - October   • Wyoming o Lander, Rawlins, Kemmerer, Pinedale, New Castle: April - September Compensation and Benefits : • $15/hour • $15/night Camping per diem • $75/week Housing stipend   • Paid holidays and personal leave • Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision) Job Qualifications : Technical requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences, such as: Botany, Wildlife Biology, Range Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources or related subject; Coursework or equivalent experience in plant taxonomy and/or systematics; Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous key; Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area and associated natural resource issues preferred; Experience in describing and identifying soil horizons preferred; Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols, including standard rangeland monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations; Experience with data entry and management; Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps; Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads; Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units; Experience creating maps and performing basic functions with GIS software (ArcMap), preferred; and Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).   Additional requirements: Willingness and ability to  work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting, and to  consistently enact high performance standards and 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 driver’s license and clean driving record; Ability to complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) and submit paperwork to BLM human resources prior to beginning position indicating that an active and fully adjudicated BI has been started or completed; 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; Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field; Flexibility with position location within field district offices Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights); and 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. 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The Great Basin Institute Sacramento, CA, USA
Sep 25, 2018
Full time
Description: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)  Inventory & Monitoring (I&M)Program ( )supports biological surveys throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System ( ) to asses status and trend of habitat, vegetation, and wildlife, and to evaluate responses to management actions. Developing and maintaining Natural Resource Management Plans requires survey and analysis of previously implemented I&M protocols for each wildlife refuge. GBI is recruiting an Inventory and Monitoring Protocol Support Specialist to  perform survey protocol documentation and data management to advance priorities of the FWS PSW Region I&M program through performance of the following scope of work:   Protocol documentation:  Document existing refuge monitoring activities following standardized structure in the Survey Protocol Handbook (USFWS, 2013a); Monitoring data evaluation: Evaluate existing monitoring datasets for National Wildlife  Refuges in Region 8; and Program evaluation and communication: Document the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) products and support efforts, prepare written summaries I&M activities, and provide easy access to I&M products.   The I&M Protocol Support Specialist will  document biological survey protocols, evaluate availability and condition of data, and track project out comes  in support  of   the Pacific Southwest Region National Wildlife Refuges, starting with  the San Francisco Bay Complex   National Wildlife Refuges.   Specific activities and approaches include:   Gather and organize existing documentation and datasets for priority refuge surveys identified in a Natural Resource Management Plan.   Use existing documentation and refuge staff interviews to develop “Initial Survey Instructions and Standard Operating Procedures” using the National Wildlife Refuge System Survey Protocol Template ( ) and the “How to Develop Survey Protocols: A Handbook ( ) for guidance.  Gaps in the documentation will also be identified.  A record will be developed, for the USFWS centralized repository, for each survey, and final documents will be uploaded into the system.   Develop a checklist for evaluation of the condition of existing survey data including elements such as data format, data structure, meeting data standards, and completeness of the data record.  In addition, make recommendations for next steps for data standardization. Perform project management tasks such as compiling records from projects, verifying completion of projects, summarizing results from projects, developing outlines for standardized reports, and assisting with program planning efforts.   Develop workflow and checklists to support project implementation:For example, compile existing guidance documents, workshop material, and tools for implementing the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation used to develop Region 8 Natural Resource Management Plans.  After materials are compiled, a checklist and workflow would be developed.   The position will be primarily working on Refuges that have completed or are in the process of developing a Natural Resource Management Plan, and on regional I&M planning efforts. About 75% of the time will be spent working on writing standardized protocols and evaluating data for existing surveys and assisting with planning efforts.  The remaining time could include participating in field surveys to better understand the protocols, and travel to refuges to meet with staff.   Career development: GBI’s Research Associate Program presents emerging professionals with career-enhancing opportunities in natural/cultural/recreation resource management, ecological conservation, environmental stewardship, and related fields. This position provides opportunities to interact with USFWS I&M and Refuge staff, support science-based approaches to conserving natural resources and gain exposure to policies and initiatives for managing public lands. Contract Timeline:• Annual appointment: December 2018 – December 2019; possibility of an annual extension pending performance and funding availability • Full time, 40 hours per week Location:This work will be performed predominantly at the USFWS I&M Program Office and the USFWS Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Sacramento, CA, with occasional travel to Pacific Southwest Region National Wildlife Refuges such as the San Francisco Bay Complex: Farallons, San Pablo Bay, Marin Islands, Antioch Dunes, Don Edwards, Salinas River, and Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuges. Compensation and Benefits:• Rate of Pay: $26.50/hour • Health and dental benefits • Paid time off (holidays, vacation, and sick) Job Qualifications : FWS requires a qualified Inventory and Monitoring Protocol Support Specialist with strong technical writing and organizational skills, an ability to develop and meet documented data standards, and familiarity with developing workflow processes. To provide such expertise, GBI seeks an individual who fulfills the following qualifications: ·          Master’s degree (minimum) in natural resource management or related discipline; ·          Experience in field implementation of detailed protocols for sampling wildlife, vegetation, habitat characteristics, or other environmental features; ·          Experience in data collection and management, subjecting data to quality checks, and data compilation, analysis, and interpretation; ·          Familiarity with organizing legacy data records and documenting survey protocols; ·          Experience following standardized protocol templates and instructions; ·          Ability to develop standardized processes/workflows, and keywords/taxonomy to compile and organize legacy data from multiple sources; ·          Experience in summarizing and documenting program outcomes; Ability to communicate with a diverse audience, both in writing and verbally; Strong skills in technical writing to clearly develop, describe, and document survey instructions, standard operating procedures, and survey summaries; Familiarity with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mission, goals and operations, and the Inventory and Monitoring Program of the National Wildlife Refuge System, preferred; Familiarity with the San Francisco Bay Refuge Complex and associated resource features and issues, preferred; Experience with applications of GIS mapping and other software, technologies and products; Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently; Ability to synthesize input from multiple sources and ensure smooth coordination of work flow and processes; Facility with use of the MS Office suite of software; Willingness to travel as needed to gather data from refuges and attend meetings with refuge staff; Valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on pavement and on unimproved roads; and ·          Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the USFWS. The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application. Remember to say you found this opportunity at