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Ecological Monitoring Specialist


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Position Information

Position
Ecological Monitoring Specialist

Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Job Type
Regular

Position Summary

The Ecological Monitoring Specialist is an integral member of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute ( NMFWRI ). The Ecological Monitoring Program at NMFWRI maintains a professionally managed field crew to collect data on short and long-term ecosystem responses to restoration treatments, wildfires, climate change, and other disturbances. This data provides a critical scientific basis for adaptive management decisions and improved treatment effectiveness. The program also works with partners to build statewide capacity in ecological monitoring, adaptive management, and restoration.

This Specialist will assist with data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication. This position works with the Ecological Monitoring program manager and our team, and other FWRI teams as needed.

We welcome candidates who can work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of professionals working towards wildfire resilience, post-fire restoration, and watershed conservation. This position will require excellent attention to detail; good self-care; strong analytical capabilities; and engaging communication skills with audiences diverse in age, socioeconomics, and cultural backgrounds.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to working closely with the field crew in data collection (including overnight travel); working with complex datasets; supervising and mentorship student workers and interns; analyzing, interpreting and communicating management implications of monitoring data; participating in the creation, revision and publication of training materials; providing training in field methods or other topics to various audiences; assisting in project management; and some administrative tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work closely with NMFWRI field crew and other staff, including overnight travel for fieldwork and assistance with field crew operations/data collection as needed
  • Supervise and provide mentorship for student workers/interns while in the office and at times in the field. This involves primary supervision and task delegation of the upland field crew and work-study interns in office settings, as well as assisting staff with coordinating schedules, vehicles, equipment, and meals. Some overnight camping and travel is required.
  • Maintain a Wilderness First Responder or higher certification; participate in field crew safety trainings and serve as a back-up emergency contact for crews during field season
  • Participate in project management/coordination of Monitoring program projects
  • Assist staff with developing, designing and carrying out research projects
  • Perform computer entry and quality control of field data including using FFI, Microsoft Excel, or other database software with attention to detail, including working with complex historic data
  • Perform statistical analysis and generate summary reports of field data
  • Interpret analysis results, translate data collected in the field into ecological/management implications and create publications, presentations and other materials that communicate these findings in ways that are accessible to a variety of partners for use in adaptive management.
  • Use, edit, and write scripts in R coding language for data quality control, analysis, and visualization
  • Work with NMFWRI staff and NMHU faculty to conduct training and outreach related to forest measurement, treatment, and analysis techniques.
  • Assist with revision and publication of various documents, including the field manual, research papers, and other materials designed to make monitoring and restoration methods and data more accessible to partners
  • Participate in the accomplishment of forest and watershed restoration treatments as part of professional development opportunities
  • Maintain regular attendance and clear communication with supervisors and colleagues in office, field, and online working environments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements

Education: MS in Forestry, Natural Resources Management, or a related field (biology, hydrology, biostatistics, etc) with a thesis option or equivalent experience (BS + 3 years experience for example)
Experience: At least 2 years of field experience and data analysis

Preferred Qualifications

Experience: at least 2 season of crew leadership
Wilderness First Responder or higher training

Special Conditions for Eligibility

• Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
• Must be willing to occasionally work weekends, evenings, and odd hours, as required
• Must be willing to travel, at times to remote locations
Continued employment is contingent on grant funding

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Familiarity with ecological measurement and techniques
  • Knowledge of basic forestry and ecological science concepts
  • Knowledge of GNSS -based field data collection techniques and ESRI geographic information systems software
  • Knowledge of plant ID and particularly in the range of southwest vegetation types.
  • Familiarity with using R coding language for figure creation
  • Familiarity with data quality control processes
  • Effective time management and ability to achieve goals and independently undertake tasks with minimum amount of direct supervision
  • Ability to work as a member of a team with diverse skills and backgrounds
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in written form
Physical Demands

• Sitting: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frequently
• Standing: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frequently
• Walking:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frequently
• Bending:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Occasionally
• Squatting:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Occasionally
• Climbing:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Occasionally
• Kneeling:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Occasionally
• Lifting up to 20 pounds:. . . . . . . . . . . . .Occasionally
• Lifting greater than 20 pounds:. . . . . . Occasionally

Working Environment

40% outdoors; 60% indoors

Pay Rate
$48,860.00 + depending on experience

Work Location/Campus Center
Las Vegas, NM Campus

EEO Statement

New Mexico Highlands University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. We are committed to the University values of diversity, accessibility, excellence, and responsiveness.

For disabled access or services call 505-454-3242 or email hr@nmhu.edu

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Posting Detail Information

Posting Number
AS797P

Open Date
11/06/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant

Quick Link
https://nmhu.peopleadmin.com/postings/8748
Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/ Letter of Interest
  3. Unofficial Transcripts Conferring Required Degree
  4. List of Three Professional References with Name, Address and E-Mail
Optional Documents
  1. Letter(s) of Recommendation
  2. License/Certificate


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