Planning & Project Initiation

Step 1: Coordinate with your AIM State Lead and State Monitoring Coordinator to discuss monitoring priorities, budget, and crew hiring options;

  • Field, District, and State Offices work together with the Washington Office to identify funding for AIM monitoring efforts.
  • Work with your AIM State Lead to establish timelines for your project. You can use the AIM template timeline as a guide.
  • Begin planning crew hiring early,  at least 5 months in advance of your field season. Check the crew hiring and equipment page for more details. Other capacity needs (e.g., project management) are met through field, district, and state offices with support from the NOC.

Step 2: Identify Roles and Responsibilities

  • Visit the Roles and Responsibilities page for detailed descriptions of what is expected of each member of an AIM Implementation team.

Step 3: Form an Interdisciplinary (ID) Team

  • Collaborate with other resource specialists to begin planning workload, funding, and identifying monitoring goals and objectives.

Step 4: Begin Filling Out a Monitoring Design Worksheet

  • The Monitoring Design Worksheet is a template that is used to guide and document the development of AIM monitoring efforts. The Worksheet is also used a means of communicating design specifications to that various design experts who will assist you in creating your monitoring design.
  • See the Design pages for more information.

Helpful Links and Documents

AIM Contacts

Crew Hiring and Equipment

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