The vegetation/habitat monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals. This program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on conservation and management of natural and cultural resources in the Intermountain West. As an element of our vegetation/habitat monitoring program, participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management�⒠�s national AIM strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and monitoring data at multiple scales across the Western BLM districts with the purpose of informing multiple-use management.� In accordance with this strategy and through a partnership with the BLM, GBI�⒠�s vegetation monitoring program is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management. �
In order to follow required compliances for cultural resources, GBI is recruiting a field lead with archaeological competencies for this work on the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah.
This video highlights the BLM�⒠�s AIM strategy for� landscape-scale data capture across the western states.�
In cooperation with the BLM-Utah, Kanab and Escalante Field Offices, GBI is recruiting one Field Lead to work cooperatively with BLM Resource Managers and GBI Vegetation Monitoring Field Technicians. The Field Lead will coordinate a field crew (one Lead and two Technicians) to characterize vegetation using the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) protocol, and if time allows, Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health (IIRH). Training for AIM will be provided by the Jornada Experimental Range in Monticello, UT. Training for IIRH will be held in Phoenix, AZ. Duties include following established field protocols to conduct vegetation sampling and field data collection on new and existing monitoring sites within the Grand Staircase �⒠� Escalante National Monument (GSENM). Prior to establishing and sampling a site, an archaeological clearance is required. The Field Lead will conduct a general survey of the site to ensure that cultural sites and artifacts are not affected by vegetation sampling.
Field work includes 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, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and woody heights), making qualitative range assessments, and taking photo-points. During these periods of field work, camping will be required. Additional duties include coordination and oversight of field logistics, scheduling, database management, quality assurance and quality control data checks, and reporting. Field data will be used by BLM Natural Resource Specialists to inform decisions regarding range management and other land management issues of the area. Funding for the full duration of this work is pending.
This position will require significant amount of travel across the monument between the two bases of operations in Kanab and Escalante. Kanab, UT is southwest of the monument and Escalante, UT is located to the north. The field sampling will be performed across the Grand Staircase �⒠� Escalante National Monument, which comprises 1.9 million acres of southwestern Utah. GSENM is the first national monument to be managed by the BLM and the first area to be designated as part of the National Landscape Conservation System. Terrain and climate of the survey region is typical of the Colorado plateau and Utah Canyonlands.
- $1,360 bi-weekly salary
- $15.00 Camping per diem
- $75/week housing stipend
o� 9 May -� 29 Jul 2016 (12 weeks)
o� Full-time, 40 hours per week minimum
- Leadership experience;
�·� Bachelor�⒠�s degree in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field and/or archaeology coursework and field experience; applicants with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply;
�·� 2-3 seasons of archaeological experience on the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, or Wasatch;
�·� Familiarity with the identification of� Ancestral Puebloan cultural material and pre and post Formative period archaeology of the region;
�·� Granted Principal Investigator Permit from the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, or ability to acquire one prior to the start of the season;
�·� Ability to recognize a cultural site and determine the boundaries;
�·� Ability to recognize a cultural site if one is encountered while digging soil pits;
- Experience in describing and identifying soil horizons;
- Experience with data entry and management;
- Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project summary reports;
- Coursework in plant taxonomy and/or systematics preferred;
- Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous key preferred;
- Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area and associated natural resource issues preferred;
- Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols, including standard rangeland monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations preferred;
- Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps;
- Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units;
- Experience creating maps and performing basic functions with GIS software (ArcMap); and
- Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).
- Valid, state-issued driver�⒠�s license and clean driving record;
- Experience operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in narrow or sandy areas;
- 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;
- Experience leading a field crew;
- Familiarity with best practices for field safety and low impact principles;
- Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field;
- 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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