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15 Jan 2020

Environment Aquatic Ecological Monitoring Crew Member

Southwest Conservation Corps – Posted by tditore Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

Job Description

Position Title: Crew Member

Position Type: Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

Location: Las Cruces, NM

Living Stipend: $520/week

Benefits: Paid training; camping food allowance; AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,047.50 upon satisfactory completion of term

Hiring Benefits: Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency.

Program Dates: From mid-April 2020 to mid-September 2020.

Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit

Program Overview:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Aquatic Monitoring Center have developed the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework to fulfill the aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative. The National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (NAMF) uses the most common indicators within the land health standards (and to functioning stream systems). The NAMF promotes integrated data collection throughout the BLM by providing guidance for selection of sample reaches, electronic data capture and storage, tools for consistent data analysis and interpretation to inform management questions. The NAMF is a standardized approach for how the BLM can meet multiple monitoring requirements in a consistent, quantitative and credible manner.

Lead and technician (“crew member”) will work together to sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework. They will collect water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples, entering all appropriate data directly into SARAH (Stream and Rivers Assessment Hub), a tablet based data-recording database, while on site. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands. Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the sample area throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving fisheries, wildlife, range, forestry and others.

Crew Member’s Responsibilities

Assists and collaborates with the crew lead when planning fieldwork, managing equipment for the team, collecting data and controlling data quality. Is interested in learning from the crew lead and BLM project lead throughout the field season. Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew lead regarding performance. The crew member should be passionate about monitoring aquatic resources and sound science principles and be an advocate for the AIM program in the Field or District Office. Should have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire and wildlife programs within the BLM.

Minimal Qualifications:

College coursework (2 years, at minimum) in hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, natural resource management, or a related field;
OR previous college- or professional-level experience in the above fields, plus familiarity with data collection and sound science principles
Eligible to accept a 900-hour service term with Americorps
Aged between 21 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years upon hire
With U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including an image of a signed social security card AND another acceptable primary form of documentation
Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon hire
Valid US driver’s license and insurable driving record
Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
Experience with and knowledge of some data-collection software
Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work.
Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor.
Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-6 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.
Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a company truck on- and off-highway
Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions, biting/stinging insects, horses)
Current or ability to obtain CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates

Preferred Qualifications:

College graduate (Bachelor’s, Master’s) with degree in ecology, hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field.
Familiarity with the dynamic nature of streams and river systems dependent on monsoonal precipitation
Experience determining bank-full in dynamic stream systems
Experience or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs
Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods (2-6 hours at a time).
Experience working or recreating in rangeland

How to Apply

To apply, go to page: And follow the link for this position to the electronic application. Application involves cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions. SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico. If interested in multiple locations, please mention and rank locations of interest. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We anticipate beginning the interview process in January. Apply now for advance consideration. Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at with questions.

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Environment.

Job expires in 19 days.

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