Ecological Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Program Director at GBI

Company Name: Great Basin Institute

Title: Ecological Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Program Director
Location: Reno, Nevada

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The Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Ecological Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) Program Director for AIM and allied projects located in CA, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY. The overall objective of GBI’s AIM program, which is a sub-program of GBI’s Research Associate (RA) Program, is to provide professional development opportunities and quality land management assistance by producing consistent, landscape-scale monitoring data in support of the BLM’s national strategy for standardized resource monitoring. Sampling sites are predominantly located in sage grouse habitat, on public rangelands, and on riparian systems within designated priority areas. Field crews collect biotic, hydrologic, and soil qualitative indicators in conjunction with quantitative data to inform conservation planning and adaptive management decisions.

• Proactively maintain regular communication with agency partners to coordinate and promote adaptive management, development and budgeting, and compliance with agreement terms;
• In collaboration with GBI staff, establish annual objectives and assess the program’s long-term strategies;
• Act as liaison to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff and other program/project affiliates to plan and coordinate current and future projects;
• Oversee and perform recruitment, management, training, and coordination of field crews working on monitoring projects;
• Support project planning, equipment organization and maintenance, vehicle coordination, and team deployment;
• Oversee data management, which includes use of the MS Access-based Database for Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment (DIMA), executing quality-assurance measures, performing quality-control data checks periodically throughout the field season, and using GIS to provide spatial analysis for reports and other mapping products;
• Promote a culture and best practices for maintaining field safety;
• Travel to perform site visits, particularly during the field and shoulder seasons, to BLM districts/offices and field sites in designated western states;
• Collaborate with other GBI staff to ensure compliance with grant and agreement terms and conditions, including: budget management, tracking and financial reporting; payroll and invoice review and processing; and compliance with AmeriCorps rules and regulations;
• Project reporting in accordance with programmatic and agency requirements;
• Engage in proactive and responsive personnel management;
• Participate in GBI or partner-sponsored training opportunities, and/or facilitate GBI training/workshops for Research Associates;
• Complete AIM program administrative support tasks including ensuring GBI and BLM policy compliance, maintaining personnel files, reviewing safety reports, and completing payroll bi-weekly; and
• Complete other duties as assigned by GBI staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Advanced academic degree and equivalent experience in the natural sciences or allied discipline;
• 2 years minimum in a leadership and supervisory position, and project management experience, including technical, personnel and budgetary management;
• Experience working with federal land management agencies, members of the public, and/or non-profit organizations;
• Understanding of principles related to the fields of botany, soil science, wildlife biology, geology, hydrology, and/or spatial analysis;
• Relevant or related field experience – knowledge of and/or experience in high desert and Great Basin ecology preferred;
• Strong background in plant community ecology and plant systematics preferred; those with familiarity with AIM implementation will be given preference (AIM experience alone will not be considered as a substitute for other qualifications);
• Ability to lead and manage simultaneously running projects across multiple western states for collection of field data according to protocol guidelines and a detailed QA/QC process;
• Experience analyzing geospatial data and creating map products with GIS;
• Familiarity with best practices for performing field work in a back country setting, with proactively maintaining field safety, and with low impact principles for conducting field work;
• Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience, including members of the public, agency resource staff and management, and GBI program and administrative staff;
• Experience writing and editing technical reports;
• Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic office environment, 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;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license and the ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; and
• Meet requirements of federal agency security background checks (e.g., FBI criminal and National Sex Offender Public Website, Department of Interior Security Screening).

Desired Majors: Geography

Position Type: Full-time Employment
Hours per week: 40+

Salary & Benefits: $50,000 annual salary, DOE

Application Process:

Application Deadline: 11/20/2016