Topic ID #41945 - posted 1/7/2020 7:37 AM

Archaeological/Ecological Monitoring Field Technician


In order to follow required compliances for cultural resources, GBI is recruiting a field lead with archaeological competencies for the ecological monitoring program in the Moab and Monticello BLM Field Offices, stationed out of a remote GBI office in Moab, Utah.

The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. This program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West. As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term ecological data at multiple scales across western public lands. In accordance with these strategies and through partnerships with multiple agencies, GBI’s ecological monitoring program is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.
This video highlights the BLM’s AIM strategy for landscape-scale data capture across the western states.  
In cooperation with the BLM-Utah, Moab and Monticello Field Offices, GBI is recruiting two Field Technicians to work cooperatively with BLM Resource Managers and GBI Ecological Monitoring Leads and another Field Technician. The Field Lead will coordinate the field crew consisting of one Lead and two Technicians to characterize vegetation using the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) protocol. Training for AIM will be provided by the GBI and the BLM. 
Duties include following established field protocols to conduct vegetation sampling and field data collection on new and existing monitoring sites within the Moab and Monticello BLM Field Offices. Prior to establishing and sampling a site, an archaeological clearance will be performed by the BLM initially of known archeological sites and this technician will assist if more sites are found when doing the AIM protocol.
Field work will include:
- Conducting a general survey of the site to ensure that cultural sites and artifacts are not affected by vegetation sampling;
- Maintaining safety awareness and practices; 
- Navigating off-trail to sampling sites; 
- Establishing sampling plots and transects; 
- Identifying and describing soil horizons;
- Collecting vegetation data (including species inventory, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and woody heights); 
- Making qualitative range assessments; and 
Taking photo-points.
Additional duties include:
- Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff;
- Participation in GBI and agency trainings;
- Entering data into and managing an Survey123 database; 
- Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys; 
- Assisting in extensive QA/QC data checks

$15.00/ hour
$15.00 Camping per diem
$150 bi-weekly housing stipend

- April 6 – August 28 (20 weeks)
- Full-time, 40 hours per week minimum
Technical requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field and/or archaeology coursework and field experience; applicants with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply;
- 1-2 seasons of archaeological experience on the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, or Wasatch;
- Familiarity with the identification of  Ancestral Puebloan cultural material and pre and post Formative period archaeology of the region;
- Ability to recognize a cultural site and determine the boundaries;
- Ability to recognize a cultural site if one is encountered while digging soil pits;
- Experience in describing and identifying soil horizons;
- Experience with data entry and management;
- Coursework in plant taxonomy and/or systematics preferred;
- Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous key preferred; 
- Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area and associated natural resource issues preferred;
- Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols, including standard rangeland monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations preferred;
- 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 with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).
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 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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