Field Ecologist II - Mammalogy - NEON - D01 MA

NEON - Battelle

Responsibilities
Plan, schedule, supervise and perform abundance, diversity, and phenology of organisms including small mammals, ticks, mosquitoes, ground beetles, and soil microbes data collection following established, standardized field, lab, and shipping procedures.
Record data accurately and completely; perform data Q/C checks and resolve errors in collaboration with staff scientists.
Provide training, instruction, and technical guidance to seasonal field personnel.
Perform additional field and lab procedures as assigned. This may include plant phenology, diversity, productivity, and biogeochemistry; stream channel and lake morphology, aquatic organism abundance and diversity, biogeochemistry, seasonal climatic and hydrologic changes, and riparian phenology; operations and maintenance of in-situ meteorological sensors, soil sensors, water quality sensors, data loggers, IRGAs and other gas analyzers used to measure CO2, water, and energy flux.
Support external research projects approved through the Assignable Asset program.
Ensure work hazards are identified and mitigated and support a culture of safety.
Follow all permitting requirements and assist with permit reporting and renewals.
Responsibilities
Report activities, completed work, and issues/incidents according to NEON protocols.
Assist with materials planning, inventory management and ordering.
Inspect, maintain and operate field, safety, and laboratory equipment, e.g., Wiley Mill, drying oven, analytical balance, centrifugal mill, pH meter, microscope, and muffle furnace.
Participate in public outreach events and engagements, e.g., site tours, career fairs, community science workshops and conferences.
Assist with recruiting of seasonal field personnel.
Provide support to Domain operations in assigned roles. Roles may include:
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Safety Officer
Fleet Manager
IT Domain-NEON HQ Liaison
Training Domain-NEON HQ Liaison
Outreach Domain-NEON HQ Liaison
Lead and participate in special projects and continuous improvement initiatives.
Key Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in ecology, forestry, environmental sciences, or related scientific discipline.
Three (3) or more years of related experience.
Willingness to perform maintenance and field sampling outdoors in sparsely populated, remote locations, with distances ranging from 1/2 hour to 6 hours from the Domain office. Overnight travel, hiking off trail, and wading in water are typical in most locations.
Willingness and ability to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings, and weekends.
Ability to hike off trail, long distances, on uneven terrain, at remote locations, in all types of weather, carrying packs weighing up to 40lbs. Ability to walk, hike, stand, bend, and kneel for prolonged periods.
Willingness and ability to learn and perform procedures and methods outside of the primary responsibility.
Ability to work on instrument towers ranging in height from 26 feet to 240 feet and at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet (depending on assigned Domain), involving the ability to ascend and descend multiple flights of stairs.
Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise. Field work may require frequent exposure to toxicodendrons (e.g., poison ivy and poison oak), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards.
Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

Equivalent education and experience may be considered. Previous NEON program field experience will be highly considered.

The NEON program will take into consideration qualifications for specific and diverse experience in the following areas:

Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurements.
Previous field experience live-trapping or handling small mammals.
Wild rodent taxonomic identification skills using standard tools and methods such as field guides.
Familiar with collecting tissue or blood samples from small mammals.
Previous experience navigating in remote areas, off-trail using compass and GPS tools
Effective problem-solving skills and the ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities. Ability to proactively identify and resolve resource conflicts.
High level of attention to detail and accuracy
Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
Demonstrated optimism in adverse conditions and good judgement in identifying, mitigating, and avoiding hazards.
Ability to identify good practices and areas for improvement in team performance.