Application Instructions: ONLY apply to the one (1) Temporary
Field Technician (TFT) position and location you would consider as
your first choice. During the application process, you will provide
additional domains/locations you would be willing to work at if
your first choice is not available. All TFT locations will be
posted on the website by mid-January 2021. Locations are: D1-MA,
D2-VA, D3-FL, D5-WI, D6-KS, D7-TN, D8-AL, D9-ND, D10/13-CO, D11-TX,
D12-MT, D15-UT, D16-WA, D17-CA, D18/19-AK,D20-HI.
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and technology advances into societal benefit" is as relevant today
as when we opened our doors over 90 years ago. Our science and
technology enhance society's well-being and create critical
innovations that drive scientific advances for the future. We
conduct groundbreaking research and development, design and
manufacture leading-edge products, and deliver critical services
for commercial and government customers. Our work meets the needs
of the nation when it matters most, and Battelle is committed to
driving innovation today and for generations to come.
Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological
Observatory Network (NEON) program, which is solely funded by the
National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to
understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species
impact ecology, the observatory's scientists and engineers are
collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a
continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US
ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an
airborne observation platform that captures images of regional
landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data
collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and
atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample
populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data.
Once structures are completed, a leading-edge cyberinfrastructure
will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory
includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind
designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at
We are currently seeking **_Temporary Field Technicians_** .
These positions are located in Tuscaloosa, AL.
**SAMPLING PERIOD -**
Start Date: March-April 2021
End Date: September-December 2021
Temporary Field Technicians _perform_ 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.
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
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.
Daily and weekly work schedules will fluctuate. Workdays can be
up to twelve hours long and may be split with both morning and
evening work, with work, at times, beginning at dawn and going
through to dusk. Workweeks can include weekends and occasionally
may be up to 12 consecutive days.
Individuals are responsible for their own housing and
transportation to primary work location.
The NEON **Domain 8** support facility is based in Tuscaloosa,
home to the University of Alabama. This relatively small town has
all the atmosphere, sports and entertainment options you would
expect to find as the host of a top university. Birmingham is less
than an hour's drive away, with Atlanta and New Orleans both a
four-hour drive away, making weekend trips to these great cities
very doable. Tuscaloosa receives an abundance of sunlight with
short moderate winters, while summers are very hot, humid, long and
punctuated by inland storms and tropical events.
High levels of heat and moisture can also produce volatile
weather patterns, such as convective storms which generate
lightning, often resulting in wildfires. Our Core Site in the
Oakmulgee District of the Talladega National Forest is
characterized as a fire dependent, longleaf pine ecosystem. The
role of riverine flooding is also fundamental to all our seasonal
monitoring and sampling efforts which are conducted directly within
the swamps and bottomland hardwood forests. The Black Warrior and
Tombigbee River watersheds are the primary aquatic focus for this
domain. While conducting all terrestrial and aquatic sampling,
teams consistently travel into three diverse landscapes with
frequent overnight stays. Days and work-weeks are long, with the
majority of activities conducted outside but generally balanced
with laboratory time.
**ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES**
+ _Performs_ field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g.,
weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes, etc.).
+ Follows established, standardized field procedures for sample
collection; records data from sample collection; and processes
+ Records activities and completed work according to Field
+ 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.
+ Carries, moves and lifts field supplies (pack weighing up to
40 lbs.) to assigned field site (which involves diverse and uneven
**REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS**
+ High School Diploma. _Some post high school, specialized
training or technical certificate may be required._
+ Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field
and laboratory measurements across multiple scientific disciplines.
Complex and variable systems require judgment and independent
+ Technical skills using best practices in field and ability to
identify aquatic or terrestrial flora and fauna to genus and
+ 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
+ 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 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
+ Proficiency with MS Office Suite (e.g., Excel, Word).
+ Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
+ High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
+ Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
+ Strong work ethic and enthusiasm.
**Previous NEON Project field experience will be highly
**Applicants must have authorization to work in the United
**Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen,
motor vehicle records check and physical.**
**Must possess a current and valid State issued driver's license
with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking
violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by
Battelle's insurance provider.**
Battelle is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and
supports diversity in the workplace. Applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age,
genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other
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