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NEPA Compliance Research Associate
Job Code:2019-RAP-074
Location:Death Valley
Program:Research Associate Program
Contract Length:Over 12 Months

Job Description:
Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an (1) NEPA Compliance Research Associate (RA) to join our program and assist the Park’s Resource Management Division with the completion of project planning and compliance associated with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). DEVA manages a large volume of historical preservation, routine and deferred maintenance, new construction, and research activities all of which require compliance with NEPA. The RA will assist with review of NEPA documents, developing guidelines, procedures and instructions for the program; and researching and tracking recent applicable legal decisions, regulations, and policy guidance. Familiarity with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) process desired. Strong communication skills are imperative as the RA must be approachable and work well in both team and individual work environments.  This position with involve field work, data processing, as well as document writing and review. 

Contract Timeline:
- One year appointment beginning October/November 2019, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation. Possibility of extension provided available funding and favorable review;
- 40 hours per week; some overtime and weekend work may occasionally be required

Death Valley National Park is located in Nevada and California and boasts some of the hottest and driest climates, and lowest elevation in North America. A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone people and to plants and animals unique to the harshest desert.

Shared housing in the park may be available (dorm style accommodations, no pets) at an affordable rate, otherwise the closest available accommodations are in Pahrump or Beatty, Nevada (both approximately 1 hour away).

Compensation and Benefits:
- Rate of pay: $21.35/hour
- Health Insurance
- Paid personal leave and holidays

Job Qualifications:
Technical Requirements-
- Degree in Natural Resource Management, Recreation Management or related field, Master's degree desirable;
- Field experiences related to botany, wildlife, natural resource or recreation management; 
- Experience in supporting NEPA process and documentation required;
- Understanding the Section 106 process;
- Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, recording, and monitoring protocols;
- Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff (GBI or NPS);
- Experience preparing, reviewing and writing reports; 
- Ability to utilize ArcGIS software to build maps, organize and manage data, and manipulate data layers;
- Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection; experience post-processing field data, a plus;
- Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
- Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
- Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing mutual goals and communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
- Flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
- Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and 
- Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry a heavy pack in excess of 35-45 lbs, and be in overall good physical condition; prior experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates, desirable. 

Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application. 

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