Description:GBI is recruiting Aquatic Monitoring Field Leads to assist in the implementation of the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (NAMF) for Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) of lotic ecosystems, as well as the Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) of stream channels and streamside vegetation. The Aquatic Monitoring Field Leads will work with agency staff, GBI staff and Aquatic Monitoring Riparian Botanists and Technicians. Each Field Lead will work as part of a two-person crew (one Crew Lead, one Technician) or three-person crew (one Crew Lead, one Riparian Botanist, one Technician) to sample streams and rivers and assess riparian vegetation on BLM-managed land using the BLM’s Aquatic AIM protocol. If part of a three-person crew, crews will also assess riparian vegetation using the MIM protocol for stream channels and streamside vegetation. AIM seeks to standardize the collection of quantitative data that can be used at multiple scales to assist the BLM in making resource management decisions.More information about AIM and AIM implementation can be found at http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/Crews will interact with local BLM staff, national level staff at the National Aquatic Monitoring Center, and GBI senior monitoring staff. Data collection involves measuring a variety of attributes including water chemistry and instream habitat, collecting aquatic macroinvertebrates, and conducting ocular estimates in the riparian zone. Successful applicants will be required to work and camp in the field. Applicants should be prepared to encounter strenuous working conditions.Field work and duties may include:• Navigating off-trail to sampling sites; • Establishing sampling plots and transects • Entering data into and managing the Stream and River Assessment Hub (SARAH) Ipad application (Aquatic Data Management Protocol); and• Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys.Additional duties include:
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