Lead Temporary Field Technicians - multiple monitoring jobs in Appalachian-Cumberland Plateau

  • NEON
  • Oak Ridge, TN, United States
  • Jan 29, 2018
Temporary Biology - Ecology Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

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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