Range Technician I - 1218 at North Wind Resource Consulting

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah





Job Description:

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Title: Range Technician I (Data Collection)
Schedule (FT/PT): FT (Seasonal)
Travel Required: Y
Clearance: N

Incorporated in 2011, North Wind Resource Consulting's core capabilities include environmental documentation and permitting; natural and cultural resource surveys; wildlife and botanical expertise; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) technical services; historic and prehistoric surveys; environmental consultation such as Section 106 for cultural resources, Section 404 for wetlands, and Section 7 for endangered species); and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping capabilities. North Wind Resource Consulting maintains offices across the country.


Job Description

The Range Technician I is an entry level position providing field and clerical support to higher level Range Technicians who conduct Rangeland Monitoring Field work on the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Resources Inventory (NRI) in multiple western states.



  • Following established field protocols and assist higher level technicians in performing vegetation sampling (including species inventory, foliar cover, canopy gap, species abundance, and herbaceous and woody heights)

  • Learn how to identify plants to species using dichotomous keys

  • Assists with collecting and maintaining field data pertaining to vegetation sampling (including species inventory, foliar cover, canopy gap, species abundance, and herbaceous and woody heights) at pre-determined sampling locations

  • Take photo-points of range and vegetations samplings

  • Entering data into handheld Trimble CASI units and uploading photographs to the NRCS server

  • Accompanied by higher level technicians on extensive 4x4 driving on unmaintained roads

  • Navigate off-trail to sampling sites with higher level technicians

  • Assist higher level technicians in identifying and describing soil horizons to help verify ecological site descriptions (ESDs)

  • Maintaining safety awareness and practices

  • Regular communication with North Wind support staff

  • Participation in North Wind and NRCS training


    Qualifications


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


    Education and Experience:



    • High School Diploma with an interest in Range Management, Botany, or closely related field.

    • One (1) year of clerical and/or data collection experience.


    Skills and Abilities:



    • Strong work ethic

    • Willingness and desire to learn

    • Ability to follow written and oral instruction

    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and attention to detail.

    • Ability and willingness to travel to various field locations, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain

    • Ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds

    • Flexibility with position location within field district offices

    • Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights)

    • Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting, and to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of the NRI program and North Wind's commitment to providing the NRCS with the highest quality data.

    • Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field


    QUALIFICATIONS PREFERRED:


    • Actively pursuing a degree in botany, rangeland science, biology, natural resource management, soils, ecology or closely related field.

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:



    • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the Western region

    • Must pass pre-employment background check

    • Must pass pre-employment drug screening

    • Applicants are required to have REAL ID ACT compliant documentation at time of hire and nothing on record that would prohibit you from employment on federal government contracts


    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:


    This position requires long periods of walking, climbing, standing, stooping, kneeling and bending for periods of up to 10-12 hours per day. Frequent carrying of a backpack with camping and sampling equipment of up to 40 lbs on traverse uneven terrain.


    WORKING ENVIRONMENT:


    Work will be performed strictly outdoors in harsh and rapidly changing environments to include all types of weather conditions to include extreme heat or cold environments, traverse uneven terrain.


    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT:


    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The nature of those accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.




      North Wind offers a competitive pay and benefits package to include health, life, and disability insurance benefits, 401(k) with company match, generous paid leave and tuition reimbursement for eligible employees. As a company, we are committed to employee wellness, professional development, and work-life balance. We value safety, reliability, and commitment to our people! For more information about our benefits or hiring philosophy, visit the North Wind Career Opportunities Page.


      Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The nature of those accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact our Helpline +1.208.528.8718 or use the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form to get assistance.


      North Wind is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, religion, or other legally protected status. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


      Proof of citizenship will be required as a condition of employment.