Job Opening: SUWA Seasonal Field Technician (Independent Contractor)

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the outstanding wilderness throughout Utah and the management of these lands in their natural state for the benefit of all Americans.

SUWA promotes local and national recognition of the region’s unique character through research and public education; supports both administrative and legislative initiatives to permanently protect wild places within the National Park and National Wilderness Preservation Systems, or by other protective designations where appropriate; builds support for such initiatives on both the local and national level; and provides leadership within the conservation movement through uncompromising advocacy for wilderness preservation.

Job Description Summary:

The Seasonal Field Technician is an independent contractor position focused on inventorying wilderness-quality lands and impacts to wilderness values on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, with an overall emphasis on motorized routes in and around proposed wilderness units.  The position requires extensive travel in remote locations, including the San Rafael Swell and Desert, Henry Mountains, Canyon Rims, and Kanab regions. The Technician will play a key role in collecting data that will be used for ongoing travel management planning. The inventories will involve photographing and documenting motorized routes, public land resources, and adverse impacts using tablets and/or phones. Necessary data collection, mapping, and GPS technology will be provided. The position involves consecutive long and difficult days, extensive periods of time in remote regions, rigorous physical activity, and substantial amounts of backcountry driving, often on rugged and technical four-wheel-drive roads (a field vehicle will be provided). The position reports directly to SUWA’s Field Director, with additional supervision by SUWA’s Wildlands Program Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct field inventories of wilderness-quality lands and impacts to wilderness values, with a focus on inventorying motorized routes in and around proposed wilderness units.
  • Organization of photographs and information following field trips, along with additional data entry from prior inventory trips, in SUWA’s Salt Lake office.
  • Provide timely inventory data to SUWA’s Field Director.

Requisite Skills:

  • Education and/or field experiences related to public lands or wilderness management.
  • Experience recreating or working in wilderness or backcountry settings, including knowledge and proficiency in backcountry travel and route-finding.
  • Experience driving on rugged, four-wheel-drive roads in remote locations, as well as experience dealing with unexpected vehicle issues.
  • Ability to implement field data collection protocols accurately and completely, with initiative, attention to detail, and an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Comfortable spending multiple days in very remote settings and a willingness to camp alone in distant, unimproved wilderness areas.
  • Ability to hike, sometimes for long distances, for multiple and often consecutive days.
  • Ability to spend more than 4-5 consecutive days at a time in remote locations without cell phone service.
  • Ability to read, understand, and route-find using topographical maps.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather conditions, including harsh and often high-temperature desert environments.
  • Demonstrated commitment to wilderness preservation and advocacy.
  • Commitment to working at least 8 to 12 weeks between the spring and fall of 2019.
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Prior experience with wilderness inventory and monitoring protocols desirable but not required.

Location:

  • Based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, with extensive travel throughout the state.

Compensation:

  • SUWA offers competitive pay, based on relevant experience.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter addressed to Ray Bloxham at hiring@suwa.org.  Please indicate date range that you are available to work in your cover letter. Any questions should be directed to hiring@suwa.org.  We will begin reviewing applications on February 19, 2019 and will review additional applications on a rolling basis. We will accept applications until the position is filled.

SUWA is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. SUWA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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