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  • Wildlife Technicians

    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: USFS
      Location: Chester, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 10/12/2018
      Open Until Filled: No

    Agency USFS

    Location Chester, CA

    Job Category Temporary/Seasonal Positions

    Salary Field technicians: $16.00/hr (GS-05); $19.82/hr (GS-07)

    Last Date to Apply 10/12/2018

    Website https://www.usajobs.gov/


    Applicants must search for and select CHESTER, CA as the duty station on their USAJOBS application for BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (WILDLIFE). The generic job announcement on USAJOBS is for numerous duty stations that may or may not conduct similar surveys. If you are interested in other duty stations, you can contact the biologist at each station to obtain details on the specific surveys being conducted at that duty station. The main duties at the CHESTER, CA duty station are: surveying for Northern goshawks and checking their nests. Some work conducting surveys for marten, fisher, and wolves (cameras and hair snares) will also be required. Ancillary duties may include surveys for: yellow-legged frogs, several bat species, bluebirds, deer, and pika. Wildlife technicians may also help other crews on the district, mainly Ecology (aspen and meadow restoration and western bumblebee surveys), but there is also the possibility to assist Recreation and Silviculture. For hard-working employees our district also offers professional development beyond fieldwork for those that are motivated and interested in either a research or management career path. This position requires long hours in variable weather conditions including rain, snow, and extreme temperatures; hiking in steep terrain; and willingness to camp in remote areas of the forest. Reduced-cost barracks space will probably be provided. Public transportation is not available, but the barracks are located next to the office. Transportation to and from the duty location is the responsibility of the employee. Chester, CA is located 45 minutes from Lassen National Park, 2.5 hours from Lake Tahoe, and is surrounded by numerous recreation opportunities (hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, fishing, boating, and hot springing). The position will start in May and extend into September. Extension of the position is possible into late November and maybe further depending on the applicant’s skillset, funding, and weather.


    • Application deadline is Friday, 10/12 at midnight Eastern Time • Experience surveying for, identifying, and locating nests of avian species, especially northern goshawk according to established protocols by visual and auditory methods. • Must have excellent eyesight and hearing and be able to see and hear calls of Northern goshawks and spotted owls. • Good data collection and data entry skills: entering data into an Excel spreadsheet. • Expertise in navigating with map and compass as well as with a GPS unit. • Above average physical fitness. • Must be able to hike off-trail in steep terrain up to 10 miles per day for 4 days in a row. • Willingness to camp for up to a week at a time to conduct surveys. • A valid US driver’s license and safe driving record. • Ability to work well with others in a remote setting. • Excellent organizational skills.

    Contact Person Wes Watts

    Contact Phone 5302585166

    Contact eMail gordonwatts@fs.fed.us

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