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Battelle Ecology Lead Temporary Field Technician NEON Pro in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale observation facility funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle. The NEON program is designed to collect long-term, open access ecological data to better understand how U.S. ecosystems are changing, from freshwater systems such as streams, rivers, and lakes to terrestrial systems spanning tropical forests to deserts to tundra. The Observatory includes more than 500 personnel; we depend on our scientists to collect observational data and samples, to monitor automated instrumented systems that collect terrestrial and aquatic data, and to facilitate our airborne observation platform that captures remote sensing data of regional landscapes and vegetation.? We are currently seeking?Lead Temporary Field Technicians.?These positions are located in Fitchburg, .? Start Date: March-May 2022 End Date: August-November 2022 JOB SUMMARY Lead Temporary Field Technicians perform?and supervise?seasonal and periodic sampling of physical, chemical and biological data at one (1)-five (5) field sites, while exercising good judgement and decision-making abilities to interpret protocol requirements. Lead Temporary Field Technicians are assigned an area of primary responsibility within the scope of data collection: botany, entomology, mammalogy (except Puerto Rico and Hawaii), or limnology (except Hawaii).? Field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple Standard Operating Procedures with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions.? Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES? Performs?and supervises?field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes, etc.).? Provides training to seasonal and temporary field personnel.? Follows established, standardized field procedures for sample collection; records data from sample collection; and processes samples.? Records activities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol.? Follows safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.? Reports issues with implementation of procedures and coordinates resolution with manager and technicians.? Assists with routine administrative duties, special projects and other duties as assigned.? REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS High School Diploma.May require an Associate's degree or experience as a fully qualified Temporary Field Technician with one (1) ? two (2) years of related experience? Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurements across multiple scientific disciplines. Complex and variable systems require judgment and independent decision-making abilities? Technical skills using best practices in field and ability to identify?aquatic or terrestrial flora and fauna to genus and species. Due to the limited number of positions in each domain, technicians must be willing and able to learn and perform procedures and methods outside of the primary responsibility. 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.? Ability and willingness 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 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 descen