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Seasonal Avian Field Biologists (Bell’s (Sage) Sparrow)


Institute for Wildlife Studies


San Clemente Island, California


United States

Last Date to Apply:

10 Dec 2017


Job Description: The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking up to 4 seasonal field biologists to work on the San Clemente Bell’s Sparrow monitoring program. The San Clemente Bell’s Sparrow is a federally threatened subspecies endemic to San Clemente Island (SCI). SCI is the southernmost of the California Channel Islands and supports a unique and diverse ecosystem. The island is located ~68 miles off the coast of San Diego and is an active military base. Start dates will be in early February with positions lasting approximately 5 months.

Field Biologist duties include, but are not limited to:
1) Nest searching and monitoring;
2) Territory spot-mapping, conducting area surveys, and re-sighting of color-banded birds;
3) Data entry and management in ArcMap, Access and Excel;
4) Day-to-day upkeep of the field station and IWS equipment.

Qualifications: We are seeking highly-motivated and skilled field biologists with strong research backgrounds and a commitment to conservation and applied ecology. The successful candidates will have earned a B.S. in wildlife biology, zoology, ecology or a related field and have knowledge of, and experience with, avian biology. Required experience/qualifications: nest searching and monitoring, behavioral observations, and extensive hiking experience in difficult terrain. Preferred experience/qualifications: Color-band resighting, threatened & endangered species monitoring, vegetation survey experience, and ability to operate full-sized 4-wheel drive trucks on rocky and muddy roads.

Because this work is conducted on a military installation, the applicant must be a citizen of the United States or be covered under a TN NAFTA work visa. Individuals must have (or be willing to acquire before start date) a valid U.S. driver’s license. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition and be comfortable hiking alone for 3–5 miles with a 30–40 pound pack in steep, rocky, cactus-covered terrain and in temperatures ranging from 40–100°F. Applicants should enjoy living as part of a small research community in a busy field station, interacting with biologists working on other projects, and working with military personnel and members of other organizations who may have varying missions, opinions, and personalities. Additionally, applicants must be willing to participate in the day-to-day upkeep of the field station, including cleaning of work vehicles and shared kitchen/office space. Employees work 10 days on island, and then take 4 off (off island). All employment offers are contingent on the insurability of the applicant by IWS. All employees will be subject to a background check. Applicants will be asked to provide information to verify their driving record. Additional information regarding IWS research on SCI is available on the IWS website (www.iws.org).

Approximately $2,610/month (based on an hourly rate) plus health benefits. We also provide both housing and a food stipend while on island. Transportation to and from SCI is via twin-engine propeller planes flying out of Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. Off-island accommodations and food are not provided.

Application Procedure: To apply send a cover letter, resume and names and contact information (including telephone number, email and work address) of at least 3 professional references as ONE document to Susan Meiman at sparrowjobs [AT] iws.org. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and we therefore encourage interested parties to apply promptly. The announcement will be open until December 10, 2017.