Wyoming Data Specialist, Great Basin Institute and Bureau of Land Management

Position Title: Wyoming Data Specialist 

Organization: Great Basin Institute and Bureau of Land Management

Organization Overview: The Great Basin Institute (GBI) partners with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) districts throughout the western United States to implement vegetation monitoring programs such as the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) program and the Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF). The AIM program is a BLM initiative to collect field data on rangeland indicators characterizing soil, vegetative, and hydrologic resources and an overarching goal to inform land management decisions and conservation actions. HAF is targeted at collecting standardized habitat assessment data across the Western BLM districts with the purpose of informing conservation efforts for sage-grouse habitat. 

Position Overview: Seeking a qualified data specialist to work at a BLM office within Wyoming 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 Collector 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 data analyst will work closely with staff at the State Office to support the AIM program throughout Wyoming. 

Duties:

  •  Coordination: The data specialist is available to work with BLM Wyoming staff on a day-to-day basis to effectively compile, manage, and utilize the terrestrial AIM and related datasets (e.g. biological data, special status species data, etc). 
  • Data Quality Control: During the field season, the data specialist will assist terrestrial AIM field crews with mid-season data checks and provide further assistance with data quality control at other times as needed. After initial acceptance of field datasets by the BLM, the data specialist will independently perform quality control checks on the data, organize it in a standardized way in coordination with BLM Wyoming staff, and assist in submitting the data to BLM’s National Operations Center (NOC) for ingestion into the Terrestrial AIM (TerrADat) database. 
  • Field Training and Support: Each year, the data specialist will attend a Train-the-Trainer course, usually held in Las Cruces, NM, to provide support and training for data collectors in the Wyoming AIM Terrestrial Core Methods training. The training will require travel for five (5) days and four (4) nights. The data specialist may be required to stay overnight at other field locations for up to three (3) days and two (2) nights at each location to assist AIM field crews in the office as needed. Additionally, the data specialist may be required to 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. 
  • Data Analysis and Reporting: The data specialist will periodically be asked to retrieve data from TerrADat/other AIM databases, Landscape Monitoring Framework (LMF), other natural resource data, and/or DIMA databases, complete basic analysis tasks, and request 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 and/or ArcPro (ESRI). Data may be summarized for NEPA projects at the field offices throughout Wyoming. The data specialist may be asked to create standard summary templates or tools, such as a standard summary tables to be used for land health assessments, biological assessments, and NEPA. 

Qualifications:  

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience: Minimum 2 years specialized experience or related graduate work.
  • Preferred experience: Field experience in vegetation/soils sampling, natural resource monitoring, including previous Terrestrial AIM monitoring experience, proficiency with ESRI products (e.g., ArcMap, web maps), and basic statistical packages with the ability to clearly instruct others in technical material. 

Start Date: November 1

How to Apply: Please contact Evann Grabow, egrabow@thegreatbasininstitute.org, who can provide details on how to apply