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  • Ecological Research Technicians (3)

    Job Locations US-ID
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/31/2019 7:34 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    The Environmental Surveillance, Education, and Research Program at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site has three positions available for students to work as paid technicians collecting and managing data on ecological research/monitoring projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). In 2019, vegetation data will be collected for a project that supports sage grouse habitat monitoring; data collected for this project are used to assess current habitat condition, track changes in habitat health, and measure the effects of vegetation change on habitat availability. The positions are temporary, full-time for the 2019 summer field season (late May to mid-August) and the anticipated start date is May 28, 2019.


    Technicians will report to our Idaho Falls office between 5:30-6:30 a.m., Monday-Thursday, and daily field work will be conducted at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site. Technicians will work together as a field crew. Primary responsibilities will include operating four-wheel drive vehicles on unimproved two-track roads, navigating by GPS, carrying survey equipment to remote sample locations, identifying plant species, sampling vegetation, photographing plots, recording data on electronic tablets, and maintaining equipment.          


    Qualifications: Applicants should currently be college students or recent graduates.  Preference will be given to students in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, rangeland science, or related natural resources major. Field crews often work in remote areas of the INL Site with limited access, so successful candidates must be mature, responsible, and able to work with a minimum of supervision. Technicians must be comfortable working in harsh field conditions. Must be able to lift objects that weigh up to 50 pounds including a backpack and kneel/squat for extended periods of time. Must be able to hike over rugged terrain. Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance are required. Must be a US citizen.

    To apply, please upload a cover letter and resume. Cover letter and resume may be submitted online as one electronic file.  Deadline for the receipt of applications is March 8, 2019. Questions should be addressed to Amy Forman (, or visit the Environmental Surveillance, Education, and Research Program web page at for more information on the program.        


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