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    • Employer: San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
      Location: Milpitas, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/27/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is seeking a part-time biologist to assist with waterbird field studies.  The position will begin as soon as possible with a commitment through May 31, 2022.  The position will require an average of 30 hours per week, with the exact time commitment dependent on the duration of field surveys. The position will be based in Milpitas, CA.  The biologist will receive training and mentorship from SFBBO staff and will develop their skills in waterbird survey techniques and data management. The biologist will assist with surveys at managed ponds in support of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (www.southbayrestoration.org). The biologist may assist with additional projects as needed.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Conduct waterbird surveys and water quality sampling at South Bay ponds
    • Conduct surveys in gull colonies
    • Work with SFBBO staff, partner agencies, and volunteers to coordinate field work
    • Enter, proof, and manage data collected
    • Assist with equipment maintenance and other SFBBO projects as assigned

    Required Qualifications:

    • BA/BS in biology, ecology, or related field OR equivalent work experience
    • Familiarity with waterbird species of the San Francisco Bay (including shorebirds, waterfowl and gulls)
    •  Good physical condition and interest in long days in the field
    • Willingness to tolerate harsh field conditions (mud, sun, dust, salt spray)
    • Willingness to work irregular hours including early mornings, evenings and occasional weekends
    • Strong work ethic, organizational skills, and attention to detail
    • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and reliable personal vehicle
    • Ability to navigate and orient using maps
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Solid computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and/or Access
    • Effective oral and written communication skills

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Excellent waterbird identification skills
    • Off-road driving experience (SFBBO truck provided for off-road driving)
    • Experience conducting field work in the San Francisco Bay

    Compensation:  This is a part-time position. Hours will average 30 hours per week (range of 15-35 hours a week).  Compensation is $18/hour.  An SFBBO vehicle or reimbursement for use of a personal vehicle will be available for pre-approved, work-related travel.  SFBBO will also provide most field gear, including a spotting scope.

    To Apply: Please e-mail the following materials to Gabbie Burns, gburns@sfbbo.org:  1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) list of three references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers).  Include all materials in one Word or PDF file, and include your last name in the file name. Include “Waterbird Biologist” in the e-mail subject. The deadline for applications is August 27th.  SFBBO is an EOE.   




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