Soil Scientist, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Lander, WY. 

Organization: Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Location: Based in Lander, Wyoming. Works in wetlands across the state.

Type of opportunity: Seasonal

Contact: Lindsey Washkoviak |

Duties: Each day, the crew members will navigate to pre-determined sampling points.  At each point, they will delineate the wetland boundary, document the strata present in the vegetation and identify the dominant plant species in each stratum, record the abundance of invasive weeds, characterize the soil profile, identify hydric soil indicators and record information on a variety of hydrological features.

Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrable proficiency in recognizing features of wetland soils and describing soil profiles
  • Careful attention to detail in making measurements, recording information, and keeping track of data forms & equipment
  • Willingness to work long days, sometimes in inclement weather & often with mosquitoes
  • Willingness to car-camp or backpack for up to a week at a time in remote locations
  • Acquaintance with techniques of wetland delineation
  • Experience measuring water pH and conductivity
  • Experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicles on rough roads
  • Ability to navigate using topographic maps, compass, & gps receiver
  • Experience using Arc GIS and Microsoft Access

Start and end dates: Start between May 2 and June 6, 2016 depending on qualifications and end around September 1, 2016. Start and dates will be somewhat flexible.

Salary/pay: Gross pay will be $17 to $14 per hour depending on qualifications, with time-and-a-half overtime for hours exceeding 40/week.  $20.00 per diem will be paid for each day spent camping out.  Social security and workers’ compensation payments will be deducted from gross pay.

Link to more information: Visit the WYNDD employment page or read the announcement here: WYNDD_NWCA_Wetlands_SoilTech_Job_2016.

How to apply: To apply, submit a cover letter, resume showing qualifications, and contact information for 3 references to Lindsey Washkoviak at

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.