This project is working within the BLM California Desert District (CDD) and in addition to collecting standard AIM data, this project will assist the NRCS with soil mapping and ecological site development at sites within the DRECP/CDD designs. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is focused on 10.8 million acres of public lands in the desert regions of seven California counties – Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego. It is a landscape-level plan that streamlines renewable energy development while conserving unique and valuable desert ecosystems and providing outdoor recreation opportunities.

Tagged as: Conservation, Crew, Research/Science and Technical


• Leadership experience, including supervising field crews and managing projects simultaneously. (preferred)
• Bachelor's degree with a major in soil science or a related discipline. The study must include 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, including a minimum of 15 hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility.


• Combination of education and experience-courses equivalent

Required Skills:

Field work will include:
• Maintaining safety awareness and practices;
• Extensive 4x4 driving on unmaintained roads;
• Navigating off-trail to sampling sites;
• Digging a NASIS (National Soil Information System) Quality Soil Pit- minimum of 100cm and up to 200cm or contact with bedrock.
• Digging time can potentially take more than three hours.
• Completing NRCS Soil Pedon Descriptions using NRCS Form 232.
• Collecting traditional AIM soil data by identifying and describing soil horizons

About Great Basin Institute

We are an environmental non-profit providing professional development to college students and graduates by offering them positions in environmental protection, restoration and conservation.

Application Instructions

To apply, please visit the Great Basin Institute's website: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/Careers.aspx?req=2022-AIM-008&type=JOBDESCR