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Aquatic Monitoring Lead

Great Basin Institute

Kemmerer ,  Wyoming

Working cooperatively with the BLM Kemmerer District Office, Great Basin Institute is seeking an Aquatic Monitoring Lead. The Lead will work with agency and institute staff to coordinate a field crew (one Technician) to assist in the implementation of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (NAMF) for Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) of lotic ecosystems. AIM seeks to standardize the collection of quantitative data that can be used at multiple scales to assist the BLM in making resource management decisions.

More information about AIM and AIM implementation can be found at

Data collection involves measuring a variety of attributes including water chemistry and instream habitat, collecting aquatic macroinvertebrates, and conducting ocular estimates in the riparian zone. Successful applicants will be required to work and camp in the field. Applicants should be prepared to encounter strenuous working conditions.

Field work and duties may include:

• Maintaining safety awareness and practices; 
• Navigating off-trail to sampling sites; 
• Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff;
• Participation in GBI and agency trainings;
• Entering data into and managing an Access-based database; 
• Data management experience including quality assurance and quality control for vegetative and geospatial data;
• Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys; 
• Leadership:
o Supporting and managing a field crew; 
o Coordinating field logistics and scheduling; and
o Report writing and completing administrative paperwork

Technical Requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources, Biology, Ecology, Hydrology, Environmental Science, or Geomorphology or related subject; or extensive coursework; 
• Leadership experience, including supervising and managing projects simultaneously;
• Coursework or equivalent experience in plant taxonomy and/or systematics;
• Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area and associated natural resource issues preferred;
• Experience conducting field work using various monitoring protocols, including standard aquatic monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations;
• Experience with data entry and management;
• 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 using Google Earth and ArcMap; Strong interest in aquatic ecology and physical processes ;

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