Job Detail

Organization: Great Basin Institute
Title: Data Specialist - Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Program
Location: Boise, ID

Posted: 2021-06-11
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

The Great Basin Institute (GBI) partners with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) throughout the western United States to implement vegetation monitoring programs such as the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) program. The AIM program is a BLM initiative to collect field data on rangeland indicators characterizing soil, vegetation, and hydrologic resources with an overarching goal to inform land management decisions and conservation actions.

The BLM’s field offices in Idaho collects terrestrial AIM and related datasets on 12 million acres to document effectiveness of the decisions established in Resource Management Plans, to determine treatment effectiveness, and for habitat evaluation and other purposes through implementation of the AIM strategy. GBI seeks to fill a Data Management Specialist for data management, processing and analysis in support of the AIM data collection and sage-grouse habitat assessment efforts in Idaho from June 2021 to February 2022 (total 8 months). The data specialist is required to have a thorough and comprehensive understanding of terrestrial AIM data collection and data management protocols to enable rigorous data review procedures.

The Idaho Data Specialist will work at the BLM Idaho State Office to assist BLM staff with review and completion of QA/QC procedures for AIM datasets, provide technical support and training to the field in the use of DIMA and/or Survey123, work with BLM staff on data management, and storage issues for AIM and related datasets, and complete analysis and reporting using AIM data as needed for completion of BLM business. The data specialist will work directly with BLM staff on a daily basis, and will coordinate with the state AIM lead and monitoring coordinator for identification and completion of day-to-day tasks. Specific tasks may include the following:

• Assist BLM monitoring crews collecting AIM data for sage-grouse habitat assessments with mid-season data quality and completeness checks;
• Assist BLM Operations Center staff in conducting data quality reviews as AIM data are collected throughout the field season;
• Independently perform quality control checks on the data, organize it in a standardized way as coordinated with the BLM state office staff, and assist in submitting the data to BLM’s national operations center for ingestion to TerrADat;
• Periodically retrieve data from TerrADat, Landscape Monitoring Framework (LMF) and/or DIMA databases, complete analysis tasks, and requested reports or summaries;
• Analyses and reports may include aggregation of data provided in two or more databases, summaries of indicator calculations for a given project area, including estimates of variance, comparisons of indicator values by stratum, and production of basic maps using ArcMap (ESRI);
• Creation of tools like the HAF tools in ArcGIS for data extraction, summary, and evaluation;
• Complete legacy HAF database including a GIS spatial component;
• Ability to complete occasional field work;
• The data specialist will also assist BLM staff with analysis efforts related to sage-grouse habitat management and land use plan implementation, such as adaptive trigger causal factor analyses; and
• All requests for analysis and reporting will go through the BLM state AIM lead and will be coordinated with the contractor’s project manager or delegate as needed to manage the data specialist’s workload.

Data Specialist must be able to pass a federal background clearance and complete all required security trainings (FISSA) needed for federal building and computer network access.

Contract Timeline:
June 28, 2021 to February 28, 2022 - - 8 months total with option to extend for additional 12 months depending on performance.

The position is based in Boise, ID at the BLM State Office. Due to office closure associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the position will start with remote work. Depending on the timing of the office opening in 2021, the position may move to be 100% office based in Boise, ID or continue with a hybrid remote work and office work arrangement.

Compensation and Benefits:
• $22.30 to $24.26 per hour Depending on Experience
• Benefits: Health insurance (medical, dental, vision) at no cost to the employee; paid federal holidays and paid personal leave earned at 4 hours per 80 hours worked beginning on first day of employment

Job Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s degree in ecology, botany or related natural resources field

Experience: Minimum 3 years specialized experience or related graduate work, including experience with running r-scripts, python and/or other programming languages, ESRI tools, and managing large datasets. Ability to work with multiple field and district office leads in complex work environments, interest and ability to learn and grow professional skills. Applicant must have valid state-issued driver’s license.

Preferred: Master’s degree, field experience in vegetation/soils sampling, ArcGIS (ESRI), basic understanding of statistic, particularly as it applies to large landscapes scale data sets, experience with python and R.

Please visit this link to submit an application

Contact Kevin Dose ([email protected]) for any questions.

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