The University of Montana
invites applications for a Lead
for the Ecological Mapping, Monitoring and
group at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky
The Lead Crew Manager carries out tasks
essential to successful field data collection in streams and rivers
across the mountain West. Specific duties include assisting in the
hiring and training of new staff, communication and coordination
with agency project partners, reviewing research sites for
suitability and access, equipment and inventory management,
transportation, logistics, approval/submission of employee
timesheets/travel forms, and crew safety. The Lead Crew Manager
possesses the ability to make decisions regarding pay and schedules
for technicians and crew managers, but will be expected to operate
within parameters established by the Project Manager or PI.
During field season (March to September), the Lead Crew Manager has
primary responsibility for data quality assurance/quality control
on data collected by two “roving” crews while overseeing the work
of crew managers assigned to state-based crews. The Lead Crew
Manager works closely with crew managers and project managers/leads
to respond to and resolve problems encountered during data
collection, including equipment or vehicles breakdowns, private
land access, data quality issues, and within-crew conflict. The
Lead Crew Manager will assist or lead preparation of end-of-season
project deliverables, and create data summaries. During the late
fall and early winter months, the Lead Crew Manager will work on
other tasks as assigned, including but not limited to data
analysis, development of geospatial datasets, preparation of
training materials, research assistance for EMMA scientists, and
website updates. The Lead Crew Manager is supervised by an EMMA
Projects Manager, and collaborates with staff ecologists. . The
Lead Crew Manager will supervise technicians, crew managers,
interns, student employees or volunteers as appropriate. A
successful Lead Crew Manager may be promoted to a Project Lead role
after two successful field seasons.
The position is funded by contracts and grants. The Lead Crew
Manager may assist with writing proposals and responding to RFQs,
but fundraising is not a requirement of the job.
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to
the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are
particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad
spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in
demonstrating its essential values of innovation and creativity,
impact, openness, and partnership.
- Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and
includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package,
mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness
- The position is funded by contracts and grants.
- Salary for this position is $44,000 - $48,000 per year
commensurate with qualifications.
- Position is based on the University of Montana campus in
- Ability to collect field data in freshwater environments under
- Knowledge of concepts of stream geomorphology in stream habitat
assessment, monitoring and/or restoration contexts.
- Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely in oral,
written, and graphic form.
- Ability to collect and organize scientific data, conduct
analyses, and prepare reports of findings.
- Proficiency in statistical analysis and ArcGIS (preferably
- Ability to manage multiple field crews across large areas and
troubleshoot logistics, personnel and equipment issues.
- Strong aptitude for interacting with technology, including data
collection devices, web maps, and data sharing platforms.
- Willingness to travel by vehicle or on foot to remote
locations, to camp in inclement weather when necessary, and to step
in as a field crew member if needed.
- Willingness and ability to stay available during daylight hours
by phone, email, text, and satellite device when crews are in the
field (8 days per two-week pay period).
- Clean driving record and ability to pass criminal background
- Master’s degree in aquatic ecology, fisheries, hydrology,
limnology or related field and two (2) or more years’ relevant
professional experience or equivalent combination, including
demonstrated proficiency in field inventory, monitoring and
- Exceptionally well qualified candidates with a Bachelor’s
degree and more than four (4) years directly relevant experience
may be considered for this position.
- Supervisory experience, including ability to hire, onboard,
motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of
technicians, students, and/or interns.
- Successful experience in directing and managing large and/or
complex projects involving remote field crews .
About UM and
the Ecological Mapping, Monitoring and Analysis
- Track record of successful interactions with federal land
managers either in a direct work capacity or through a
- Knowledge of the unique challenges facing streams and rivers on
public lands in the West, including threats to aquatic
- Familiarity with riparian vegetation.
The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with
approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is
located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about
75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant
recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national
forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National
Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University
of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package
that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers
many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its
The Ecological Mapping, Monitoring and Analysis group (EMMA) is
part of the O’Connor Center
for the Rocky Mountain West, a
regional studies and public education program. EMMA staff are
engaged in mapping wetlands across the western US, including
Alaska; and in carrying out inventory and monitoring projects for
federal state and tribal agencies. Our aquatic staff collaborate
with the Bureau of Land Management’s Aquatic Inventory and
Monitoring program to collect data on the condition and trend of
BLM-managed aquatic systems across the region.
To learn more about the University of Montana and Missoula,
please visit the links below.
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position
will be subject to criminal background investigations.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for
persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available
in alternative format upon request. As an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications
from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may
request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with
*References not listed on the application
materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the
Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to
administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential
E mployment Eligibility.
All New Employees must be eligible
and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of
employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).
How to Apply
Priority Application Date: December 15, 2021
Applications received by this date will be guaranteed
consideration. Application review will begin immediately and
continue until the position is filled.
Please submit the following application materials via "New
Resume/CV" button below.
*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per
application. Please combine documents accordingly.
- Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required
skills for the position
- Detailed resume listing education and describing work
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional
- Answers to Supplemental Questions
- Please describe the largest and/or most complex project(s) you
have been involved with, and your role and responsibility.
- Knowledge of stream geomorphology is essential to this
position. Please describe how you have acquired this knowledge, and
have you have applied it in monitoring, assessment, or restoration
- Please describe your experience managing field data collection
in remote settings, with particular attention to data quality
Montana, United States