PG Environmental is seeking potential candidates to support the United States Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Terrestrial Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) efforts during the 2022 field season. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/. Crews consist of three individuals: two crew technicians and one crew lead. Together, they will assess the health of BLM lands across Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming, including National Monument lands, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology.

PG’s Ecological Services Team is currently soliciting two ecological monitoring field crew member positions to assist in field sampling efforts, but largely to assist our Project and Crew Managers with office tasks, logistics, inventory, and fleet management.  These crew members may be used to cover field staff as needed.

We are currently hiring out of our Golden, Colorado office. Starting as soon as possible.

PG anticipates most crews finishing up work by the end of August with several crews continuing on through end of September (dependent on assigned work location, performance, and need).  There may be other opportunities within PG to continue onto other projects, based on work performance and skill.

During periods of field work, camping will be required, typically on a rotating 8 days on (Tues-Tues) and 6 days off schedule throughout the summer, however you must be willing to stay out in the field for up to 10 days at a time depending on plot completion and goals. Overtime is paid at time and a half, even for the crew leads.

Qualified crew member candidates must possess the following skills:

  • S. or working toward a degree in a natural sciences field.
  • Field experience, including the ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions for extended periods of time including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions).
  • Experience and willingness to spend multiple days (up to 10 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.
  • Excellent communication skills, and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Positive attitude and attention to detail.
  • Valid US driver’s license and insurable driving record.
  • Ability to pass background checks (federal, state, education and driving record).
  • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a 4WD vehicle on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods of time (2-3 hours at a time).
  • Physically capable of standing and walking (up to 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending and crouching for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in variable weather conditions, including heat upwards of 100-degrees (F).
  • Passionate about learning the world of plants, soils, and rangeland ecology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College Graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with degree in ecology, botany, soil science, agriculture, range, plant ecology, natural resource management, or a related field.
  • Current or ability to obtain CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates.
  • At least one year of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
  • Familiarity with AZ, UT, or WY flora.
  • Experience or education using taxonomic soil keys or equivalent mechanism to identify ecological sites and using soil series descriptions or equivalent soil datasets.
  • Experience digging quality soil pits to characterize and document soil horizons and hand texturing various types of soils.
  • Experience managing field crews.
  • UTV and trailer towing experience.

PG successfully instituted a number of COVID field crew sampling requirements and best practices during its 2020 & 2021 field season and will continue to implement it in 2022.

Benefits package:

  • Base pay starting at $17 hour + overtime paid at time and a half + when in the field, up to $40/day per diem ($15 camping per diem for each night camped and $25 Meals and Incidentals or ‘M&IE’ per day for a total of an additional $280- $305 per 8-day hitch, untaxed)
  • Accrued Sick Leave & medical insurance offered