Inventory and Monitoring Protocol Support Specialist, Great Basin Institute

Sacramento, CA

Job Title: Inventory and Monitoring Protocol Support Specialist

Organization: Great Basin Institute

Duties: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Inventory & Monitoring (I&M)Program ( biological surveys throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System ( to asses status and trend of habitat, vegetation, and wildlife, and to evaluate responses to management actions. Developing and maintaining Natural Resource Management Plans requires survey and analysis of previously implemented I&M protocols for each wildlife refuge. GBI is recruiting an Inventory and Monitoring Protocol Support Specialist to perform survey protocol documentation and data management to advance priorities of the FWS PSW Region I&M program through performance of the following scope of work:

  1. Protocol documentation: Document existing refuge monitoring activities following standardized structure in the Survey Protocol Handbook (USFWS, 2013a);
  2. Monitoring data evaluation: Evaluate existing monitoring datasets for National WildlifeRefuges in Region 8; and
  3. Program evaluation and communication: Document the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) products and support efforts, prepare written summaries I&M activities, and provide easy access to I&M products.

The I&M Protocol Support Specialist will document biological survey protocols, evaluate availability and condition of data, and track project outcomes in support of  the Pacific Southwest Region National Wildlife Refuges, starting with the San Francisco Bay Complex National Wildlife Refuges.

Qualifications: FWS requires a qualified Inventory and Monitoring Protocol Support Specialist with strong technical writing and organizational skills, an ability to develop and meet documented data standards, and familiarity with developing workflow processes. To provide such expertise, GBI seeks an individual who fulfills the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (minimum) in natural resource management or related discipline;
  • Experience in field implementation of detailed protocols for sampling wildlife, vegetation, habitat characteristics, or other environmental features;
  • Experience in data collection and management, subjecting data to quality checks, and data compilation, analysis, and interpretation;
  • Familiarity with organizing legacy data records and documenting survey protocols;
  • Experience following standardized protocol templates and instructions;
  • Ability to develop standardized processes/workflows, and keywords/taxonomy to compile and organize legacy data from multiple sources;
  • Experience in summarizing and documenting program outcomes;
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse audience, both in writing and verbally;
  • Strong skills in technical writing to clearly develop, describe, and document survey instructions, standard operating procedures, and survey summaries;
  • Familiarity with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mission, goals and operations, and the Inventory and Monitoring Program of the National Wildlife Refuge System, preferred;
  • Familiarity with the San Francisco Bay Refuge Complex and associated resource features and issues, preferred;
  • Experience with applications of GIS mapping and other software, technologies and products;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently;
  • Ability to synthesize input from multiple sources and ensure smooth coordination of work flow and processes;
  • Facility with use of the MS Office suite of software;
  • Willingness to travel as needed to gather data from refuges and attend meetings with refuge staff;
  • Valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on pavement and on unimproved roads; and
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the USFWS.


• Rate of Pay: $26.50/hour
• Health and dental benefits
• Paid time off (holidays, vacation, and sick)


• Annual appointment: December 2018 – December 2019; possibility of an annual extension pending performance and funding availability
• Full time, 40 hours per week



The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.