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12 Jan 2022

Environment Aquatic Monitoring Data Management Specialist(Remote or lakewood, Colorado)

Aquatic Monitoring Data Management Specialist(Remote or lakewood, Colorado) – Posted by Recrutiment Lakewood, Colorado, United States

Job Description

The Great Basin Institute (GBI) partner’s 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 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages approximately 3,000 miles of perennial streams, as well as thousands of miles of intermittent and ephemeral streams within the state of Colorado. The BLM is mandated to conduct land health monitoring to document effectiveness of the decisions established in its Resource Management Plans and meet guidance in FLPMA, to determine treatment effectiveness, BMP effectiveness, or compliance with applicable laws and regulations, etc.

GBI seeks to fill a Data Management Specialist for data management, processing, and analysis in support of Lotic AIM data collection in Colorado from April 2022 through March 2023 (total 12 months). The data specialist is required to have a thorough and comprehensive understanding of lotic AIM data collection and data management protocols to enable rigorous data review procedures. The Colorado Data Specialist will work at the BLM Colorado State Office, but can be physically located at another BLM office within the State to assist BLM staff with review and completion of Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) procedures for AIM datasets, provide technical support and training to field staff in the use of ArcGIS Field Maps and Survey123, work with BLM staff on data management and storage issues for AIM and related datasets, and complete basic analysis and reporting using AIM data as needed for completion of BLM business. The position also requires coordination with BLM district project leads in developing design management spreadsheets for the FY22 field season.

The data specialist will work directly with BLM staff on a daily basis, and will coordinate with the state lotic AIM lead and monitoring coordinator for identification and completion of day-to-day tasks. Although the position is intended to be run out of the BLM Colorado State Office, remote work is possible. Additional travel may be required to support field crews, and for workshops on incorporating AIM data into land health evaluations. Specific tasks may include the following:

• Assist BLM field monitoring crews collecting AIM data with mid-season data quality and completeness checks;
• Assist BLM Colorado State Office 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 AquaDat;
• Periodically retrieve data from AquaDat, state water quality databases, complete basic 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 create standard summary templates or tools for field/district offices in CO, such as a standard summary table to be used for land health assessments, biological assessments, and NEPA;
• Train at one Lotic AIM training within Colorado or closest neighboring state;
• Assist BLM Colorado Project Leads with post-training calibration requiring travel for two (2) days
and one (1) night;
• Camp overnight with AIM field crews stationed at these locations for up to three (3) days and two (2) nights to assist with data collection as needed;
• During the field season, be available to provide technical support to field staff regarding data entry and management, particularly with regards to Survey123 and Field Maps;
• Ability to complete occasional field work; and
• Must be able to pass a federal background clearance and complete all required security trainings (FISSA) needed for federal building and computer network access.

• $22.30 to $24.26 per hour Depending on Experience
• 4hrs Vacation Accrued per 80 hour pay period; Accrual starting first day of employment.
• 4hrs Sick Leave Accumulated per 80 hour pay period; 40 Hours Annual Maximum Sick Leave Accumulated and Used; Accumulation starting first day of employment.
• This position is eligible for paid holidays following the federal holiday schedule.
• Full Health, Dental, Vision Insurance paid 100% by GBI and eligible to enroll on first day of month following first day of employment.
• 4% 401K Matching Contribution after 90 day waiting period; 100% vested on first day of enrollment.

The position is based in Lakewood, CO at the BLM Colorado State Office; however, location is flexible with hybrid remote working options also possible.


• Bachelor’s degree in aquatic hydrology/ecology or related natural resources field

• Minimum 2 years specialized experience or related graduate work, including experience with running r-scripts, python and/or other programming languages, Shiny, ESRI tools, and managing large datasets;
• Field experience in fisheries, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, water quality sampling, including previous Lotic AIM monitoring experience;
• Proficiency with ESRI products (e.g., ArcMap, web maps) and basic statistical packages and clearly instruct others in technical material;
• Ability to work with multiple field and district office leads in complex work environments, interest and ability to learn and grow professional skills; and
• Applicant must have valid state-issued driver’s license.

As part of Great Basin Institute’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy, all employees are required to receive and provide proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccine prior to the first day of employment, unless a medical or religious exemption is submitted and approved. All employees covered by this policy are required to be fully vaccinated as a term and condition of employment at Great Basin Institute. Employees are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing primary vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine, with, if applicable, at least the minimum recommended interval between doses.

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Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Environment. Job Tags: Aquatic Monitoring, Data Management, and Data Specialist.

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