The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service Mojave Desert Network (MOJN) Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program, is recruiting a Field Crew Supervisor to oversee the implementation of an I&M long-term monitoring project. The overall objective is to perform integrated upland monitoring in Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley National Park, and Manzanar National Historic Site, CA. Vegetation, soils, and target invasive species will be monitored for status and trends. Data collected is intended to provide decision-makers with indicators and data on the upland communities.
The Field Crew Supervisor will serve as the primary on-site point of contact for the project and work closely with the MOJN I&M program and park staff to fulfill the goals and objectives for upland monitoring. This is a supervisory position and consists of approximately 90% office work and 10% field work; thus, the successful applicant must have strong communication skills (both verbal and written) and exhibit strong leadership and organization skills.
Specific duties include:
• Supervision of the GBI I&M Integrated Upland monitoring field crews;
• Participate in preparing for the field season, including assisting on determining field site order, field accessibility, gathering materials needed to conduct field work;
• Developing field schedules and training material;
• Submit daily backcountry travel plans;
• Acting as liaison to MOJN I&M staff and park managers;
• Serve as the safety lead and primary safety point of contact for field crews;
• Project planning, equipment organization and maintenance, vehicle coordination, field protocol and data QA/QC, and team deployment;
• Supporting data organization, processing, data entry, and QA/QC; utilizing GIS to develop reports and other mapping products;
• Ensuring that field data collected is consistent across crew members and crews throughout the field season;
• Occasional travel, camping, and site visits to the MOJN I&M office;
• Determine lodging options for field crew; and
• Participate in GBI or partner-sponsored training opportunities, and/or facilitate GBI workshops for Research Associates and AmeriCorps crews.
Mojave National Preserve (MOJA) is 1.6 million acres, with about 44% of it designated as Wilderness. While most of MOJA is made up of the Mojave Desert, components of the Great Basin desert are found in higher elevations and parts of the southern portion of the park are made of the Sonoran desert. Terrain of the survey area is typical of the Mojave Desert with wide, long valleys bordered by mountain ranges. Field conditions include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun, as well as cold, winter weather. Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered species habitat, big game habitats, abandoned mine lands, and historic and prehistoric cultural sites.
At 3.4 million acres, Death Valley National Park (DEVA) is the largest U.S. National Park outside of Alaska. 91% of the park is designated Wilderness. DEVA is located in a transition zone between the Mojave Desert and the Great Basin. The Integrated Upland monitoring project will take place in creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) mixed desert shrubland community found within DEVA.
Manzanar National Historic Site (MANZ) encompasses the intersection of the Great Basin desert, Mojave Desert, and eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Historically, MANZ was a fruit orchard, and then in World War II, a Japanese Internment camp. Rabbitbrush shrubland will monitored as it is representative of the natural Great Basin vegetation found in the surrounding area.
Contract length: 24 August 2015 – 18 March 2016; potential for extension pending funding and positive performance review
Rate of Pay: $1,600 biweekly salary; full time (40 hours per week), long days, some weekend and evenings maybe required
Benefits: Health Insurance and holidays
• Advanced degree or equivalent experience in one of the major natural sciences;
• Familiarity and experience with identification of Mojave Desert plants is preferred;
• Understanding of basic principles related to botany, soil science, wildlife biology, geology, and/or hydrology;
• Applicants should possess relevant or related field experience – knowledge of and/or experience in Mojave Desert and nearby regions preferred;
• Applicant must be able to demonstrate strong leadership and good organizational skills;
• Ability to lead and manage the collection of field data according to protocol guidelines followed by a detailed QA/QC process; possess experience and confidence analyzing geospatial data and creating map products;
• Experience with data entry and data management
• Possess a clear understanding of GIS theory and applications, including experience with ArcGIS 10.x to create maps, manipulate and analyze data, and generate reports;
• Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
• Ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass and to read a topographical map;
• First Aid and Wilderness First Aid training preferred;
• Experience working with federal land management agencies, members of the public, or non-profit organizations;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license and the ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
• Meet requirements of federal agency security background checks (i.e., FBI criminal and National Sex Offender Public Registry, Department of Interior Security Screening); and
• Comfortable with flexible weekly schedules as it may change in response to project needs.
How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, GBI HR Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include where you found this position posted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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