BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIANS (up to 9) needed for field studies of the threatened California Gnatcatcher in southern California. Primary duties include conducting presence-absence surveys for gnatcatchers in burned and unburned coastal sage scrub habitat throughout southern California (mostly San Diego County, but Ventura and Los Angeles Counties as well) and collecting vegetation data in survey plots. Employment dates are 9 March – 29 May 2020. Some opportunities are available for extended employment through late August working on population studies of the endangered Least Bell’s Vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, depending on experience and permit authorizations for those species. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and must be reliable, self-motivated, in excellent physical condition, able to work independently in sometimes remote and rugged locations, and able to maintain a positive attitude under beautiful but sometimes challenging field and urban conditions that can include dense vegetation, poison oak, rattlesnakes, biting insects, and working on military bases. Applicants must also possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate 4WD vehicles. Applicants must have working knowledge of Excel, and be able to navigate in the field using a compass and GPS (Global Positioning System). Experience collecting data with ESRI Survey123 and Collector on Android smartphones is a plus. Preference will be given to applicants holding current endangered species permits authorizing surveys of California Gnatcatchers, or with field experience with this species. Housing is available at the San Diego State University Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve in Fallbrook, California ($18/day; no pets). Salary ranges from $18-$22/hour depending on experience. Please submit a cover letter describing interest and qualifications, a CV or resume, your specific dates of availability, and the names and contact information (including email) of at least two references. Mail/fax/email applications to SUELLEN LYNN, USGS Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station, 4165 Spruance Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92101 (phone 619-225-6437, fax 619-225-6436, email suellen_lynn at usgs.gov. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until positions are filled, but no later than January 17, 2020.
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