Field Ecologists

PG Environmental, A Division of ERG

Salt Lake City, Utah

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $20-$24/hour plus $45/day per diem and overtime
Deadline Jul 01, 2024

ERG Field Ecologists- Ecological Monitoring Positions

ERG is seeking potential candidates to support the United States Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Terrestrial Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) efforts during the 2024 field season. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.

Crews consist of three individuals: two crew technicians and one crew lead. Together, they will assess the health of BLM lands across Arizona, Utah and Wyoming, including National Monument lands, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology.

ERG is currently soliciting multiple ecological monitoring field crew member positions (Field Ecologists). Basic responsibilities include; following established field protocols to conduct vegetation identification to species; gathering species cover and composition data; collecting soil stability and soil profile descriptions; plant production; collecting data utilizing ruggedized tablets; and assessing special sage grouse habitat. The crew may also assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry. The crew member will continuously learn the local flora and build botanical knowledge of common species.

ERG anticipates most crews finishing up work by mid to end of August with the potential of staying on through end of September (dependent on assigned work location, performance, and need).  There may be other opportunities within ERG to continue onto other projects, based on work performance and skill.

Start Dates:

  • Flexible, by July 1 or for Salt Lake City, UT based positions

Crews will be based out of our Salt Lake City, UT location. You do not have to live in there, but you would be required to start and end your hitches there with the rest of your crew. Please state availability in cover letter.

During periods of field work, camping will be required, typically on a rotating 7-8 days on (Tues-Tues) and 6 days off schedule throughout the summer, however you must be willing to stay out in the field for up to 10 days at a time depending on plot completion and goals. Overtime is paid at time and a half, for both technicians and crew leads.

Qualified crew member candidates must possess the following skills:

  • S. or working toward a degree in a natural sciences field.
  • Field experience, including the ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions for extended periods of time including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions).
  • Experience and willingness to spend multiple days (up to 10 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.
  • Excellent communication skills, and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Positive attitude and attention to detail.
  • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record.
  • Ability to pass background checks (federal, state, education, criminal and driving record).
  • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a 4WD vehicle on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods of time (2-3 hours at a time).
  • Physically capable of standing and walking (up to 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending and crouching for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in variable weather conditions, including heat upwards of 100-degrees (F).
  • Passionate about learning the world of plants, soils, and rangeland ecology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College Graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with degree in ecology, botany, soil science, agriculture, range, plant ecology, natural resource management, or a related field.
  • Current or ability to obtain CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates.
  • At least one year of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
  • Familiarity with Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming flora (generally sagebrush steppe, Great Basin, and Colorado Plateau).
  • Experience or education using taxonomic soil keys or equivalent mechanism to identify ecological sites and using soil series descriptions or equivalent soil datasets.
  • Experience digging quality soil pits to characterize and document soil horizons and hand texturing various types of soils.
  • Crew Leads should have experience managing field crews or several seasons of conducting field work. Ideal candidates would have strong plant identification skills.
  • UTV and trailer towing experience. Please highlight this if you have this experience.

Pay details:

  • Base pay for Crew Leads starts at $24/hour; and Technicians at $20/hour

+ frequent overtime paid at time and a half, even for Crew Leads

+ up to $45/day per diem ($15 camping per diem for each night camped and $30 Meals and   Incidentals or ‘M&IE’ per day for a total of an additional $315- $360 per hitch, untaxed)

  • Accrued Sick Leave & medical insurance offered
  • Wilderness First Aid reimbursement

Please state availability in your cover letter.


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Interested candidates should submit a brief cover letter and a resume with references listed.

ERG is an equal opportunity employer, promotes principles of fairness and equality, and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

ERG screens and interview applicants via telephone. Video interviews via Microsoft Teams or another video platform can be used if requested. New hire orientations and training may also take place via phone or video conference using Microsoft Teams.

For applicants that require an accommodation: As a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access ERG’s online application process as a result of your disability. Please contact Human Resources via e-mail at humanresources@ERGenv.com or telephone 703-707-8258 to request accommodation.

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Category Botany, Ecology
Tags Soil Science, Environmental Consulting