Organization: Great Basin Institute
Title: Natural Resource Management Specialist
Location: Reno, NV
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the BLM Nevada State Office is recruiting a Natural Resource Management Specialist to support the Bureau’s soil, water, air and riparian programs. This office-based position will expose the Specialist to a wide array of Bureau resources and provide an opportunity to better understand BLM Nevada resource management policy. The main focus of this opportunity will be to update and populate BLM’s Riparian Geodatabase and develop electronic data forms for use on tablets in the field. More specifically, the Specialist will:
o Work with the National Operations Center (NOC) and District Offices to update the BLM Riparian Geodatabase;
o Take historical Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) records and update the geodatabase by adding PFC attribute data to the appropriate GIS record. Attach relevant pictures and scans of PFC datasheets;
o Add new PFC records to geodatabase, including attributing data and linking or attaching pictures and copies of PFC datasheet;
o Provide support and training to BLM District offices to learn how to update geodatabase;
o Collaborate with BLM State Program Leads to develop electronic data forms for different programs and different methodologies; and
o Identify and develop potential apps, programs, and/or enhancements to database(s) and datasheets that will help improve and modernize data collection in the field.
Compensation & Timeline:
o Rate of Pay: $23.00/hour
o Benefits: Health insurance; paid holidays and personal leave
o 44-week appointment beginning June 2018, or upon completion of a favorably adjudicated DOI background investigation
o Full-time, 40 hours per week
o BLM Nevada State office located in Reno, NV. Periodic overnight travel to BLM Nevada’s District Offices may be required.
o Bachelor’s degree or coursework in biological or physical sciences; environmental planning, policy, or studies; range management; or related field – applicants with advanced degrees strongly encouraged to apply;
o Knowledge and experience with range management policy and survey protocols – experience implementing Proper Functioning Condition assessment, desirable;
o An understanding and appreciation of desert ecology (Great Basin, Mojave), especially the threats presented by drought, climate change, grazing, species listings, etc.;
o Experience with the management and organization of new and existing datasets and databases;
o Proficiency utilizing ArcGIS and associated extensions, and manipulating and populating geodatabases.
o Experience in using python and/or R, especially in a geospatial setting, is high desirable;
o Ability to populate and manage data within a relational database management system is highly desirable, especially ESRI multi-user enterprise geodatabases;
o Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a variety of audiences;
o Ability to work independently and in a team setting to accomplish project goals;
o Possess good organizational skills with ability to meet deadlines and produce professional deliverables including draft documents for team review;
o Ability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
o Previous exposure to BLM multiple-use mission and associate land management policies, particularly in the Great Basin and Mojave desert regions, highly desirable;
o Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license; and
o Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) prior to starting the position. Applicants who possess an active and fully adjudicated BI will be strongly considered.
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