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  • Ecological Technician

    Job Locations US-ID
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(1/21/2020 8:46 AM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    The Environmental Surveillance, Education, and Research (ESER) Program monitors vegetation on the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site. Multiple ecological positions are available to work as paid technicians collecting and managing data on ecological monitoring projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). 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, monitor changes in habitat condition, and measure the effects of vegetation change on habitat availability. The positions are temporary, full-time for the 2020 summer field season (late May to mid-August) and the anticipated start date is May 26, 2020. Pay will range from $12.00 to $20.00/hour, depending on experience. Technicians will report to our Idaho Falls office between 5:30 – 6:30 am., Monday – Thursday. Daily field work will be conducted at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site.


    Field crews will be conducting vegetation surveys in remote and rugged terrain. Duties include photographing plots, plant identification, navigating by GPS, transporting survey equipment up to 50 pounds, hike off-trail to sample locations, operating 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads, recording information on electronic tablets, and operate in inclement weather conditions.


    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.


    Application Process:  

    Required Documents:

    Resume, Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcripts, and Two Letters of Reference

    Letters speak to the applicant’s work ethic and abilities in the field.


    Submit Resume online

    Please send other Required Documents to Sue Vilord (



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