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Temporary Research Associate in Ichthyology

Date Posted: 21 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Great Basin Institute
Location: Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada
Closing date: not provided

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting for a Research Associate (RA) to serve as a Biological Science Specialist at the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility, Amargosa Valley, NV. Primary duties include development and implementation of a long-term ecosystem monitoring plan for a 100,000 gallon refuge tank that simulates the Devils Hole spring ecosystem and provides habitat for a backup population of endangered Devils Hole pupfish, and assisting the aquaculturist/fish biologist in fish and aquatic invertebrate culture and care. The RA works directly under the supervision of the Facility Manager and with project partners and cooperators.

The position is full-time, temporary (7 months, March/April 2017 – September 2017). Compensation is $21/hr with ACA-compliant health benefits.

Main duties include:

  • Acts as lead technician on the inventory and monitoring of the refuge tank ecosystem. This includes conducting a wide variety of water quality tests to monitor biotic and abiotic parameters, such as water chemistries, nutrients, and bacterial loads. This also includes development, planning, scheduling, and implementing aquatic invertebrate surveys, fish surveys, and substrate and algal surveys.
  • Continues the development and implementation of the currently in-progress ecosystem monitoring plan for the refuge tank ecosystem. This includes determining appropriate survey equipment, experimental design, database management, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of large datasets, statistical analyses, creating and updating SOPs, presentations, and reports to supervisors and cooperators.
  • Assists in culture and inoculation of aquatic invertebrates in aquaria
  • Assists with fish culture and care for desert fishes in aquaria.
  • Works independently to maintain and troubleshoot environmental monitoring equipment such as Hach multiprobe water quality sensors, light meters, HOBO temperature loggers. Ability to reference O&M manuals, written and video-recorded SOPs, and other resources, as required.
  • Accurately records and archives data and meticulously maintains and archives written records of laboratory and field activities, including by not limited to: water qualities, aquatic flora and fauna propagation and culture activities, environmental surveys, and all other work completed. The incumbent will keep these records in such a manner that they may be referenced and interpreted by internal and external regulatory agencies for the purposes of endangered species management for high-profile species.
  • Follows SOPs and sterile technique procedures to ensure proper cleanliness, decontamination, and sterilization of laboratory and hatchery facilities, equipment, and sampling gear.
  • Assists in the planning and execution of the planned program by making recommendations and ensuring communication are effective between facility staff and other partners and offices.
  • Works cooperatively with various U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners to address ecological, hatchery, and fish and invertebrate culture questions to further the successful propagation of native aquatic organisms in the southwest.
  • Heads outreach, scheduling, training, and direct supervision to volunteers for facility activities.
  • The work is completed in both indoor and outdoor locations, often in extreme conditions, and often working alone.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion such as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, and cleaning. Some weekend and odd-hour work may be required.
  • Applicant must be comfortable working at a facility that is located in a semi-remote desert location.  

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s and two years of experience or Master’s degree in biology or environmental sciences (e.g. ecology, fisheries, entomology, conservation biology, wildlife management, or related field) OR at least four years of full-time work experience in a closely related field.
  • Experience in data collection and management and project reporting.
  • Familiarity with and ability to use a microscope to identify micro, meio, and macro invertebrates
  • Experience in working in a laboratory setting running water quality analyses and utilizing laboratory analytical equipment and methods including but not limited to spectrophotometry, balances, and microscopes.
  • Education or experience in community and/or ecosystem ecology a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to work in harsh desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team.
  • Willingness, ability, and experience working in a scientific laboratory setting that involves frequent use of hazardous laboratory and industrial chemicals according to OSHA regulations
  • Experience or training in aquaculture, aquarium, or hatchery operations, or keeping aquatic animals in aquaria, a plus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience.
  • Experience in volunteer coordination a plus.
  • Valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road.
  • Willingness to submit to a background check, and pass computer security and ethics training.
  • Ability to lift a minimum 50 lbs. for short periods of time.
  • Current SCUBA certification or willingness to obtain certification a plus.  

To Apply:

Apply online at crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/.

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. 

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