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Stream Survey Crew Lead

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Stream Survey Crew Lead – Elko, NV 
Great Basin Institute, US Fish and Wildlife Service 

Stream habitat surveys have been conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Elko  District for more than 30 years using the Level III Aquatic Habitat Inventory and Monitoring protocol (Stream Survey). These surveys have successfully documented changes in stream and riparian habitat characteristics but have not been consistently conducted during the past decade due to competing  management priorities. To address this management need, the Great Basin Institute, in cooperation  with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting a Stream Survey Crew Lead to gather data on the  status of stream and riparian habitats throughout the Elko District. Many of these streams are occupied  by the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi), three sensitive  status mussel species, and other sensitive aquatic species. The Stream Survey Crew will also be  collecting eDNA (Environmental DNA), targeting native mussel species at Stream Survey Locations. The  Stream Survey Crew Lead will coordinate with agency staff and GBI personnel to sample designated  streams/reaches according to specified protocols. 

A four-person Stream Survey Crew, comprising one crew lead (this position) and three GBI crew  members, will perform this work in coordination with the USFWS and BLM. This is principally a field based position. The work schedule will generally be eight consecutive days on (Wednesday-Wednesday),  followed by six consecutive days off (Thursday-Tuesday). Camping in remote sites during field tours will  be required through much of the field season to minimize travel time. Office-work before and after field tours will include maintenance of equipment and supplies, data management, planning, and  communication. 

Leadership responsibilities of this position include communication with USFWS, BLM, and GBI staff,  maintaining safety awareness and practices in the field, scheduling, logistics, and overseeing fidelity to  methods and quality of outcomes.  

This work will be based out of the BLM District Office in Elko, Nevada. The Elko District encompasses  12.5 million acres and has topography typical of the Great Basin with broad valleys separated by  mountain ranges. Elevations range from 4,000 to over 10,000 feet. The city of Elko (pop. 21,000) is  located along the I-80 corridor and is approximately 230 miles west of Salt Lake City, UT and 290 miles  east of Reno, NV. Recreation opportunities, including hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing, abound in  this region. Cell phone service is poor to non-existent in many areas once the crew leaves the highway.  


  • Wage: $17.00/hour 
  • Camping Per Diem: $15.00 
  • Housing Stipend: $75/week 
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Paid holidays


  • 34-week appointment: 10 May – 18 December 2021 (anticipated) 
  • Full time (40 hours/week); overtime (paid at 1.5x regular hours) during some weeks, depending  on field sampling needs 


  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in Hydrology, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resource Management, or  a closely related field, plus applicable field experience in techniques for stream surveys or  riparian habitat surveys 
  • Knowledge of the Great Basin ecoregion of eastern Nevada, including common plants, riparian  vegetation, wildlife, and/or hydrology/geomorphology/topography; 
  • Experience leading field crews in the backcountry, including oversight of safety, communication,  fidelity to methods, and quality of accomplishments; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; • Experience using ArcGIS to create maps is preferred; 
  • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units; 
  • Proficiency using a compass and topographic map to navigate; 
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a  4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; 
  • Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office settings;  
  • Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of field equipment and personal gear, and  withstand the rigors of a high desert environment in all seasons;  
  • Ability to work in water that varies in depth from a few inches to chest-deep water for much of  the field day and traverse through thick, often spiny riparian vegetation along miles of stream  corridor; 
  • Willingness and ability to work overtime hours as needed during the field season
  • Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for multiple consecutive days
  • Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles;
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and  team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFWS and BLM. 

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