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Temporary NVUM Field Interviewer - Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Laboratory and Research

Assistance with research projects such as the National Visitor Use Monitoring Program (NVUM) partnered with the U.S. Forest Service. New research projects can come with the development of different research proposals.

The NVUM Field Interviewer position will be essential to the completion of NVUM with the WVU Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources Program in the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service. The forest locations include the Umpqua, Willamette, Siuslaw, and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests in Oregon. The Field Interviewer will conduct face-to-face interviewers with National Forest visitors as they exit recreation sites.  Interviewers will travel to a variety of day use, overnight, general forest and Wilderness sites.  Shifts vary between morning, afternoon and evening hours and very often occur on weekend days. 
Duties & Responsibilities           
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under direct supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: 

Field work in Oregon:
1.    Conducting recreation use surveys with visitors on National Forest lands in a positive, friendly and respectful manner.  
2.    Checking schedule on the Google Drive weekly/daily basis and planning out survey site drive times and location with GPS and forest maps. 
3.    Set up interviewing sites (i.e. sign placement, traffic cone placement, etc.) properly to ensure safety of self and National Forest visitors. 
4.    Place and calibrate pneumatic traffic and infrared trail counters properly to ensure that visitor counts are accurate. Return after 24 hours to obtain counts, take down and/or reset the counting device. 
5.    Place and calibrate trail cameras to capture use on assigned trail and road systems.  
6.    Return weekly to download data from trail cameras and report number of events recorded on the camera to field supervisor. 
7.    Filling out and keeping track of surveys and daily counts in a neat, orderly fashion. 
8.    Compiling weekly reports for field supervisor about site use levels, recreation use and weather conditions at each assigned surveying site.  
9.    Adhering to strict NVUM, Forest Service, and Federal data collection policies and guidelines including proper dress, displaying of safety signage, etc. 
10.    Ability to drive long distances over a variety of road surfaces during early morning and early evening hours. 
11.    Ability to work independently without direct supervision from field management at all times. 
Physical Demands            
Requires the ability to stand for long periods, walk, sit, stoop, bend at waist, have manual dexterity and feel, grasp, reach, talk, and hear. Activities are predominantly non-manual. Employee will be required to travel on a frequent basis.  Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely for multiple hours per day may be required. It will be necessary for the incumbent to be able to lift/carry equipment and/or supplies up to 25 lbs. Activities require manual skill to provide and/or alter services and/or products.    
Work Environment        
Work is generally performed within a field environment, which includes natural weather occurrences. Traveling through rural mountainous terrain with some remote sites via logging roads during winter, spring, summer and fall seasons to different site types including day use, overnight use (campgrounds, lodges, resorts), general forest areas (FS roads, dispersed areas, lakes and rivers), wilderness trailheads and view corridors in a variety of weather conditions. The incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures. 
Pay Grade - 7. The hourly rate for this positon is $14.00.


Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience 
1)    Highschool diploma or GED And 
2)    A minimum of six months of previous in-field data collection experience on state, federal or municipal lands is preferred. 
Certifications, Licenses, Registrations 
1) Valid driver's license 
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities 
1)    Competency in written and oral communication. 
2)    Ability to drive on Forest Service roads to remote locations  
3)    3) Ability to keep neat and concise notes and surveys. 
4)    Ability to meet deadlines. 
5)    Maintain a professional demeanor and appearance at all times. 
6)    Skilled in effective communication. 
7)    Skilled in strategic planning and logistics. 
8)    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 
9)    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 
10)    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. 
11)    Skilled in critical thinking, including using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. 
12)    Skilled in monitoring/assessing the performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take correction. 
13)    Skilled in systems analysis, including determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations and the environment will affect outcomes. 
Behavioral Competencies 
1)    Technical skills - Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assesses strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others. 
2)    Problem solving - Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely. 
3)    Internal & External Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approaches, and demonstrating respect and support of others. 
4)    Communications - Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and is able to read and interpret written information. 
5)    Organizational Support - Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values. 
6)    Self-Management - Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help 
when needed; exercises discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities. 
Preferred Qualifications & Credentials 
Certifications, Licenses, Registrations 
1) Broad experience with outdoor recreation concepts/issues, (2) Experience in social survey methodology. 




Valid driver's license


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Job Posting: Dec 9, 2021
Posting Classification: Temporary
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No
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