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Director of Operations
Job Code:2019-GBI-001
Program:Great Basin Institute
Contract Length:Over 12 Months

Job Description:
Position Objectives: 
The Great Basin Institute is recruiting an experienced ecologist to work cooperatively as the Director of Operations to manage a variety of conservation initiatives throughout the west. This position supports federal agency partnerships, assisting natural and cultural resource programs through direct agency placements and crew-based monitoring teams. The Director of Operation supports the Institute’s cooperative efforts to inform conservation planning and adaptive management decisions concerning natural resource conditions and trends of public lands, including sage-grouse and other wildlife habitat, grazing allotments, and restoration sites, as well as burned areas for post-fire emergency stabilization and rehabilitation monitoring. The Director of Operations aids our multi-jurisdictional resource monitoring program and will facilitate communication among partners and GBI administrative staff and field personnel. The Director will support and coordinate training, assist with the implementation of crews, and provide support for project reporting.

The Director of Operations will work collaboratively with leadership and project staff to fulfill goals and objectives for the Research Associate and Assessment, Inventorying, and Monitoring programs. Specific duties include:
• Supervising, managing and coordinating all individual placements and resource teams;
• Acting as liaison to agency staff and other project affiliates;
• Project development, planning, equipment organization and maintenance, vehicle coordination, field protocol and data QA/QC, and team deployment;
• Supporting technical training;
• Data organization, processing and QA/QC; post-processing GPS points, utilizing GIS to edit polygons as well as point and line data; and generating reports with descriptive and interpretive text, GIS maps, other figures and tables, and concise field notes;
• Occasional travel, camping and site visits to field sites and offices; and
• Fiscal oversight and program reporting.

Contract Timeline:
Preferred Start Date: February 4, 2019
This is an annual contract. Renewal depends on performance evaluation and availability of funding.

The position will be based out of GBI’s Reno, NV office. Field sites are located throughout the west, and may require several hours of travel time to access. Terrain is typical of the Great Basin with wide, long valleys bordered by mountain ranges. Field conditions include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun. Resources include big game habitat, Wilderness Study Areas, active grazing allotments, abandoned mine lands, historic and prehistoric cultural sites, and wild horse management areas.

Compensation and Benefits:
Salary: $65,000-$80,000, depending on experience
Benefits: Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance 100% covered by GBI; 401K Program with Match of 4% annually

Job Qualifications:
Education, Experience and Skill preferences: 
• Advanced degree in plant ecology, natural resource management, or allied fields;
• 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;
• Leadership experience and experience in training individuals and groups;
• Ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass, navigate to predetermined locations using GPS, and read a topographic map while navigating in vehicle or on foot;
• Preference for a clear understanding of GIS theory and applications, including experience with ArcGIS 10.x to create maps, manipulate and analyze data, and generate reports; 
• Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; 
• Demonstrated experience writing technical reports;
• Physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, lift heavy gear, and withstand working and primitive camping for up to eight consecutive days in sometimes inclement weather during spring and summer in northern Nevada; 
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license and the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
• Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI; and
• Pass FBI criminal and National Sex Offender Public Registry background checks.



Other Job Information (if applicable):
The Great Basin Institute is a 501(c)3 promoting ecological literacy and direct service through environmental restoration, education and research for national, state and regional parks and public lands throughout the American West. For more information, visit

EEO Statement
We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.