AIM Vegetation Monitoring Field Leads, Lander, WY and Spokane, WA

Washington State, United States
Mar 18, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
Employment Type
Full time, Temporary / Seasonal
Salary Type

In cooperation with the BLM-Wyoming Lander Field Office and BLM-Washington Spokane District Office, GBI is recruiting three Field Leads to work cooperatively with BLM Rangeland Managers and GBI Vegetation Monitoring Field Technicians. Each Field Lead will coordinate a field crew (one Lead and two Technicians) to characterize vegetation using the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) protocol and Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health (IIRH), for which training will be provided by The Jornada in Monticello, UT (18-22 May). Duties include following established field protocols to conduct vegetation sampling and field data collection on new and existing monitoring sites within central Wyoming or eastern Washington. Field work will include navigating to sampling sites, establishing sampling transects and plots, collecting vegetation data (including species ID, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and woody density), taking photo-points, and quality-checking data. During these periods of field work, camping will be required. Additional duties include coordination and oversight of field safety and logistics, scheduling, database management, and reporting. Field data will be used by BLM Natural Resource Specialists to inform management decisions.

Please follow this link for a video that highlights the BLM’s national strategy for landscape-scale data capture across the western states using AIM:

The Lander Field Office (LFO) is recruiting 2 Field Leads. The LFO manages 2.5 million acres of public lands within in Fremont County, the southwest corner of Natrona Country, and small portions of Carbon, Sweetwater and Hot Springs counties. These lands are multiple-use and offer a wide diversity of resources, including the National Historic Trails, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, historic mining areas, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, hang gliding, livestock grazing and wild horse management.

The BLM Spokane District Office is located in Spokane, WA and is recruiting one Field Lead. Public lands managed by this district office cover over 425,000 acres east of the Cascade crest in the central Columbia Basin and in the highlands of northeastern Washington along the Canadian border. These lands cover a full range of habitats, including the central Columbia Basin sagebrush regime, many riparian zones, and the coniferous forest and sub-alpine areas of northeast Washington.

• $1360 bi-weekly salary
• Additional $75.00/week housing stipend
• $15.00 Field per diem
• Health Insurance Option

• Mid-May – 18 September (16 to 18 weeks)*
• Full time, 40 hours per week minimum

* Duration of position is dependent upon funding availability

Technical requirements:
• Leadership experience;
• Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences preferred, such as: Botany, Wildlife Biology, Range Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources or related subject;
• Coursework in plant taxonomy and/or systematics (transcripts may be requested);
• Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous key; familiarity with native and invasive plants of central Wyoming/ eastern Washington/ Great Basin desert and associated natural resource issues preferred;
• Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols, including standard rangeland monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations;
• Experience with data entry and analysis;
• Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project/monitoring summary reports/grant reports;
• Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps;
• Experience working with hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and data collection;
• Experience working with GIS software; and
• Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).

Additional requirements:
• Valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
• Experience operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, including narrow, mountain forest roads;
• Experience and training to operate UTV and ATV equipment;
• 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;
• Good organizational skills;
• Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field;
• Willingness to sometimes work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights);
• 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; and
• Pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks.

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 Please include where you found this position posted and your preferred location.We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.