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Graduate Assistantship for Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project

Date Posted: 16 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of Maine
Location: Orono, Maine
Closing date: Applications will be reviewed beginning March 20 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine has an opening in its Masters of Wildlife Conservation program for a student to participate in a project to update the Maine Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. This is a non-thesis degree program requiring 30 credits of course work, including an independent project; we expect that it will take four semesters and perhaps a summer to complete the program. The project will include field surveys and some database work in collaboration with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; academic supervisors will be Aram Calhoun and Malcolm Hunter.

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree with a strong academic record, an interest in fieldwork, and intent to expand their coursework in ecology and conservation. Priority will be given to applicants with field survey experience and teaching experience.

Most of our MWC programs have limited financial support but in this case support includes four semesters of a Teaching Assistantship stipend, tuition waivers, and half the cost of health insurance. Applications for a program beginning September 2017 will be reviewed beginning March 20 and continue until the position is filled.

Please send a letter of interest, transcripts, GRE scores, and resume to Wildeco [at] maine [dot] edu with a subject heading: HerpMWC.

Temporary Research Associates in Herpetology

Date Posted: 6 Jan 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Great Basin Institute
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Closing date: not provided, position begins 13 March 2017

The Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is federally listed as a threatened species north and west of the Colorado River under the Endangered Species Act. Desert tortoise monitoring will assist researchers in estimating population density. Monitoring occurs during April and May to coincide with the peak activity season of desert tortoises.

Ten (10) AmeriCorps field monitors will be required to demonstrate proficiency in backcountry wilderness field skills, including but not limited to 4WD vehicle operation, use of GPS and topographic maps, and PDA technology. In addition, field monitors will be field tested on their knowledge of and ability to follow monitoring protocols thoroughly and precisely. Field monitors will work for 5 consecutive days with 2 days off. Monitors must be available to work any of the 7 days each week, with the understanding that the schedule is subject to change with little or no notice. Field camping is required. This position will require long hours including early mornings and may include weekends.

Contract & Timeline:

  • March 13, 2017 – May 12, 2017 (9 weeks)
  • Full-time, up to 40 hours per week
  • Weekend hours may be required during field season

Compensation:

  • $4,420.00 Living Allowance
  • $1,221.96 Education Award*
  • Field Per Diem
  • No cost Health insurance (medical, dental, vision) provided
  • Student loan forbearance/interest accrual* 

*AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest payment on qualifying student loans is also available.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or related field;
  • Experience collecting field data or following established field data collection protocols;
  • Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and/or data collection;
  • Knowledge of southwestern/Mojave flora and fauna desirable;
  • Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment;
  • Ability to work a variable schedule (including weekends) that may change with little or no notice;
  • Ability to walk a minimum of 10km/day in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing desert conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition;
  • Willingness to camp in the desert backcountry for consecutive days;
  • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license;
  • Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road if required; and
  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

How to Apply:

Apply online at http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=PARC&req=2016-ACI-041.

We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination. 

Wildlife Field Research Technicians

Date Posted: 16 Dec 2016 (Show details)

Institution: Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation
Location: Central Valley & Mojave Desert, California
Closing date: Application review begins December 27, 2016. Position(s) will remain open until filled.

Nine (9) Research Technicians will be hired through a contract with Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation to support the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) “Terrestrial Species Stressor Monitoring” project. The goal of this project is to monitor terrestrial wildlife populations (including birds, mammals, reptiles, & amphibians) and their vulnerability to drought and other stressors. Under the general direction of CDFW Project Managers, technicians will work as part of a resource assessment team responsible for implementing field surveys at selected sites throughout the Great Valley and Mojave Desert Ecoregions of California. Training will take place in Sacramento, CA during late February/early March 2017. Field work will occur from March through June 2017, and may require working over 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, and will require extensive travel. Teams will be assigned to either the Great Valley or Mojave Desert for the duration of the field season.

The wage is $15/hour, Non-Exempt. This is a temporary, full-time, benefited position. Anticipated start date is February 13, 2016.

Duties:

Typical duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Test, calibrate, and maintain field sampling equipment, including infrared camera traps and digital acoustic recorders
  • Assess potential sampling sites for suitability and access
  • Safely perform strenuous field work, including driving and hiking long distances over rugged terrain in extreme weather conditions, carrying heavy equipment (up to 50 lbs), and operating hand tools
  • Set up, check, and take down camera stations and acoustic recorders, including following detailed protocols and troubleshooting sensitive electronic equipment in remote locations
  • Collect biological data using standardized inventory methods, including vegetation surveys, amphibian and reptile visual encounter surveys, and bird point count surveys
  • Legibly and accurately enter data on paper forms
  • Download electronic data, enter survey data into databases, and perform quality control checks of all data collected
  • Prepare monthly reports such as time sheets, travel expense claims, and mileage logs
  • Communicate regularly with CDFW Project Managers and field personnel regarding project logistics, completion status, equipment needs, personnel issues, and safety concerns
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with landowners, agency representatives, and the general public
  • Travel to study sites for up to a week at a time throughout the field season (March-June), including camping in remote locations
  • Other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or a closely-related field of study from an accredited four-year college or university; OR
  • One to two years of experience and/or training in biological surveying, field sampling, studying/evaluating wildlife populations and habitats, or other related fields
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to accurately collect, record, and report data, and adhere to data collection and safety protocols in a field setting
  • Physical capability and endurance to safely and efficiently conduct field work in remote settings under inclement weather conditions, including the ability to hike off-trail across steep and rough terrain, while carrying heavy equipment
  • Strong organizational skills and proficiency using common computer software programs (e.g., spreadsheets, word processing, databases, electronic mail)
  • Experience conducting camera trap surveys and interpreting camera trap data
  • Experience conducting bioacoustic monitoring
  • Experience performing vegetation surveys and/or plant identification. Familiarity with California Central Valley and/or Mojave Desert plant species is preferred.
  • Experience conducting avian point count surveys and/or identifying bird species by vocalizations. Familiarity with California Central Valley and/or Mojave Desert bird species is preferred.
  • Experience identifying reptile and amphibian species and/or conducting visual encounter surveys for these taxa. Familiarity with California Central Valley and/or Mojave Desert species is preferred.
  • Experience identifying terrestrial mammal and bat species and/or conducting surveys for these species. Familiarity with California Central Valley and/or Mojave Desert species is preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain professional working relationships with supervisors and peers
  • Ability and willingness to travel for up to a week at a time throughout the field season (March-June), camping in remote areas
  • Proficiency navigating with maps and handheld GPS
  • Experience driving 4x4 vehicles in rugged terrain

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three (3) references, along with the HSU SPF Employee Information Form for Applicants, to misty [dot] nelson [at] wildlife [dot] ca [dot] gov. Please include your last name and the job title in the subject line. If you have any questions regarding this position, please call or email Misty Nelson at (916) 445-3635 or misty [dot] nelson [at] wildlife [dot] ca [dot] gov.

Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. For more information, download:

For assistance with the application process, please submit an Accommodation Request Form which can be found at http://www2.humboldt.edu/forms/node/336 or call the SPF Interim Compliance Support Coordinator at (707) 826-5159. 

Analytical Biologist

Date Posted: 22 Nov 2016 (Show details)

Institution: University of Florida
Location: Davie, Florida
Closing date: not provided

The University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, Florida (the Croc Docs) is seeking an analytical biologist interested in research related to datasets on invasive and native reptiles, and long-term monitoring datasets on American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) and American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) in southern Florida. Successful candidate must be a self-motivated individual with functional knowledge and experience with analytical software and techniques. Experience with R, Microsoft Access and Excel, and ArcGIS is strongly preferred. Must possess strong organizational skills, encyclopedic knowledge of statistical analyses and related software, and ability to work with other researchers. Research opportunities will build off of ongoing alligator and crocodile datasets collected over several decades and invasive and native reptile datasets accumulated over the last decade. Opportunities exist for the development of novel research projects.

Salary is $15-20/hour, commensurate with experience. The start date is flexible.

Qualifications

The successful candidate should possess a MSc in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology or related discipline. He or she should be comfortable learning and applying hierarchical models of occupancy and abundance, mark-recapture models, and/or population growth models. He or she should be capable in Program R or other statistical modelling software. Familiarity with GIS and databases is a plus.

To Apply:

Please send letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references by e-mail to Dr. Frank Mazzotti at crocdoc_jobs [at] hotmail [dot] com and use subject heading "Analytical Biologist."

Wildlife Field Biologist

Date Posted: 7 Oct 2016 (Show details)

Institution: H. T. Harvey & Associates
Location: Los Gatos, California
Closing date: not provided

H. T. Harvey & Associates has an opening in our Los Gatos office for a Wildlife Field Biologist to begin work in January 2017. The selected candidate will be responsible for conducting surveys for nesting birds and performing construction monitoring for special-status species, including the California red-legged frog and California tiger salamander, on a variety of projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. This position will sometimes require a person to navigate varying and rugged terrain safely and sometimes to work alone in a variety of weather conditions. It may require occasional overnight travel and weekend work.

Required Qualifications:

  • Solid field experience
  • Strong bird identification skills and experience conducting nesting bird surveys
  • A demonstrable background in ecology or wildlife management and broad knowledge of the biology of California’s fauna
  • Experience with California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog required, experience with the burrowing owl a plus.

Candidates with a strong academic background (and at least a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, or an equivalent subject are preferred.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references through home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=19055072 using one .doc or .pdf file (system allows for only one attachment, so resume, cover letter, transcripts, and references must be incorporated into one file); via mail to H. T. Harvey & Associates, Attn: Personnel, 983 University Ave., Bldg. D, Los Gatos, CA 95032; or by fax to 408.458.3210.

H. T. Harvey & Associates, an established ecological consulting firm based in Los Gatos, California, employs more than 95 ecologists, landscape architects, and other professionals in six offices in California and Hawaii. Our core areas of expertise include restoration ecology and landscape architecture, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, and aquatic ecology. We cultivate excellence in our staff and our work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges. 

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package and a positive, progressive work environment. Our employment package includes medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as a 401K plan with a generous matching program.

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