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Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:02 PM

**Application Instructions:** **_ONLY apply to the one (1) position at the one (1) location you would consider as your first choice._** During the application process, you will provide additional domains/locations you would be willing to work at if your first choice is not available.
and its affiliate, Battelle Ecology, Inc. manage and operate the National
Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the
National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how
changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory s
scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological
data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US
ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne
observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and
vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated
ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who
observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water
data. Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will
calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory includes more
than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable
forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.
We are currently
seeking **_TemporaryField Technicians_** _._ This position located in **_Front Royal, VA._**
**_DomainLocation Anticipated Hiring Schedule:_**
**PrimaryWork Location**
Domain 02
Front Royal, VA
NEON sDomain
02encompasses the mid-Atlantic region from Georgia to Pennsylvania and
New Jersey. The core site, which is home to the domain s support
facility and laboratory, is located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology
Institute in Front Royal VA, only 66 miles from Washington DC. The other two
sites that comprise D02 are located in Annapolis, MD at the Smithsonian
Ecological Research Center (SERC) and at Blandy Experimental Farm, in Boyce VA,
a Part of University of Virginia.
Field technicians can expect to learn, practice and
perfect their skills on dozens of terrestrial and aquatic based protocols while
working in mature deciduous forests, agricultural fields, pastures and
freshwater streams. The field season here begins in March and runs
through to the beginning of November so you will experience the full spectrum
of weather this area can offer. There are ticks that carry Lyme
disease, among other zoonotics, and the vegetation can often be difficult to
work in.
More than 70% of your time will be outdoors and the
remainder will be working in the lab processing samples and preparing for
upcoming field work. Because SERC is over two hours away, there will
be overnight stays that can last up to a week depending on the sampling that is
taking place. Techs will need to be flexible in the hours that they
will be asked to work, with some days starting before dawn and some ending
after dusk. Much of our work is conducted at plots that will remain
active research sites for the length of the project. Access to the plots is
typically off-trail and can require walking 100 to 400 meters on uneven ground
through thick vegetation and elevation changes.
Opportunities for
outdoor recreation are plentiful as we are surrounded by national parks and
forests and within a short drive to everything that our nation s capital city
can offer. As a D02 employee, you receive a Smithsonian ID, after
going through a background check, which can be used to access museums and
discounts for parking and merchandise.
Temporary Field
Technicians _perform_ seasonal
and periodic sampling of physical, chemical and biological data at one (1)-five
(5) field sites, while exercising good judgement and decision-making abilities
to interpret protocol requirements. Temporary Field Technicians are assigned an
area of primary responsibility within the scope of data collection: botany, entomology,
mammalogy (except Puerto Rico and Hawaii), or limnology (except Hawaii).
Field observations
and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and
multiple Standard Operating Procedures with varying schedule requirements based
on local ecosystem and current field conditions.
Daily and weekly work
schedules will fluctuate. Workdays can
be up to twelve hours long and may be split with both morning and evening work,
with work, at times, beginning at dawn and going through to dusk. Workweeks can include weekends and
occasionally may be up to 12 consecutive days.
Individuals are
responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location,
and must have permanent authorization for US employment.
+ Performsfield assignmentsin a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes,etc.).
+ Followsestablished, standardized field procedures for sample collection; records datafrom sample collection; and processes samples.
+ Recordsactivities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol.
+ Followssafety and Field Operations policy and procedures.
+ Reportsissues with implementation of procedures and coordinates resolution withmanager and technicians.
+ Assistswith routine administrative duties, special projects and other duties asassigned.
+ Carries, moves and lifts field supplies (packweighing up to 40 lbs.) to assigned field site (which involves diverse anduneven terrain).
+ HighSchool Diploma. _Some post high school, specialized training or technical certificatemay be required._
+ Knowledgeof best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurementsacross multiple scientific disciplines. Complex and variable systems requirejudgment and independent decision-making abilities
+ Technicalskills using best practices in field and ability to identify and usedichotomous keys to identifylocal floraand fauna to genus and species. Local variability e.g. 200 to 1,500 local plantspecies.
+ Dueto the limited number of positions in each domain, technicians must be willingand able to learn and perform procedures and methods outside of the primaryresponsibility.
+ Willingnessto perform maintenance and field sampling outdoors in sparsely populated,remote locations, with distances ranging from 1/2 hour to 6 hours from thedomain office. Overnight travel, hiking off trail, and wading in water aretypical in most locations.
+ Abilityto perform strenuous outdoor activity, carry field equipment and endure variableoutdoor field conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extremeheat.
+ Ability to travel/ hike/walk on uneven terrainto work site.
+ Ability and willingness to work varied fieldoperations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift,part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends.
+ Ability to hike off-trail for long distancescarrying field equipment, for extended periods of time.
+ Ability to work in variable weatherconditions, at remote locations, on difficult or hazardous terrain.
+ Ability to work on instrument towers ranging in height from 26 feet to240 feet and at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet (depending on assigned Domain),involving theability to ascend anddescend multiple flights of stairs.
+ Ability towithstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise.
+ Proficiency with MS Office Suite (e.g., Excel, Word).
+ Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
+ High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
+ Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
+ Strong work ethic and enthusiasm.
Must have permanent
authorization for US employment. Battelle Ecology, Inc. will not provide any
kind of visa sponsorship.
Employment is
contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and
possess a current and valid state issued driver s license with insurable
Department of Motor Vehicle Record (parking violations, minor driving offenses
excluded) as determined by BEI s insurance provider.
Battelle Ecology,
Inc. provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation,
training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity,
marital status, age, genetic information, or disability. Our goal is for each
staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities
and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive
programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified
employees at all levels within Battelle Ecology, Inc.
Location Anticipated Hiring Schedule:
**PrimaryWork Location**
Domain 01
Fitchburg, MA
September- November
Domain 02
Front Royal, VA
Domain 03
Gainesville, FL
Domain 04
Guanica, PR
Domain 05
Land O' Lakes, WI
Domain 06
Manhattan, KS
Domain 07
Oak Ridge, TN
Domain 08
Tuscaloosa, AL
Domain 09
Jamestown, ND
Domain 10/13
Boulder, CO
Domain 11
Denton, TX
October - December
Domain 12
Bozeman, MT
Domain 14
Tucson, AZ
Domain 15
Salt Lake City, UT
February March
Moab, UT
February March
Domain 16
Vancouver, WA
Domain 17
Fresno, CA
September October
(w/opportunity to
extend into winter)
Domain 19
Fairbanks, AK 1
Domain 20
Hilo, HI
**Job Title:** D02-Front Royal, VA Temporary Field Technician
**Employment Type:** Temporary Full-Time
**Classification:** Technical
**Date Posted:** 11/29/2017
**Requisition ID:** 2039


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