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Ecological Technician

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The Environmental Surveillance, Education, and Research Program at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site has 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). Vegetation data will be collected for two projects during the 2018 summer field season. The first project 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 second project supports an accuracy assessment for the INL Site Vegetation Map. Data will be used to determine the degree to which mapped vegetation classes reflect the plant communities present in the field.

The positions are temporary, full-time for the 2018 summer field season (late May to mid-August) and the anticipated start date is May 29, 2018. Pay will range from $12.00 to $15.00/hour, depending on experience. Technicians will report at the beginning and end of each day to our Idaho Falls office, and daily field work will be conducted at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, located 45 miles west of Idaho Falls.


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, send a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and two letters of reference that speak to the applicant’s work ethic and abilities in the field to Amy Forman.


Deadline for the receipt of applications is March 9, 2018.


Questions should be addressed to Amy Forman (, or visit the Environmental Surveillance, Education, and Research Program web page at


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