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Aquatic Monitoring Technician

Great Basin Institute

Kemmerer ,  Wyoming

In partnership with the BLM Kemmerer and BLM Salmon District Offices, GBI is recruiting two Aquatic Monitoring Technicians 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; 
• Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys; 

Contract Timeline:

GBI is hiring this position for a six month appointment to begin in April and end in October 2017.


Kemmerer, Wyoming OR Salmon, Idaho


Kemmerer, Wyoming

• $17.25 hourly
• Camping per diem $15
• Housing Stipend $75 weekly
• Paid holidays and personal leave
• Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision)

Salmon, Idaho

• $15 hourly
• Camping per diem $15
• Paid holidays and personal leave
• Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision)

Technical Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources, Biology, Ecology, Hydrology, Environmental Science, or Geomorphology or related subject; or extensive coursework; 
• 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 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); and
• Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).
• Experience using Google Earth and ArcMap; Strong interest in aquatic ecology and physical processes 

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;
• 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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