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  • Environmental Services Intern: Wildlife Surveys (Least Bell’s Vireo, Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, riparian birds; Flat-tailed Horned Lizard)


    shannon mcneil
    • Employer: CA State Parks, Colorado Desert District
      Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/01/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We are seeking two seasonal field technicians to join our desert wildlife survey team for the summer, with opportunities to stay on through December working on projects in our mountain parks (Cuyamaca Ranch State Park and Palomar Mountain State Park). Breeding bird surveys will be conducted at desert riparian sites within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and will include population counts and territory mapping following established protocols. Surveys for federally endangered Least Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) are from mid-April to July; surveys for federally threatened Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) are mid-June to mid-August, and other riparian bird surveys are ongoing. You will use Esri Survey123 or Field Maps on a handheld tablet or smart device to collect and manage field data and use Field Maps/Avenza Maps/compass to navigate to/along survey transects.

    You will also assist with flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii, FTHL) surveys within the Borrego Badlands FTHL Management Area from May to September. FTHL surveyors use Esri Survey123/Field Maps or paper data sheets to collect field data for this California Species of Concern following established protocols. There may also be opportunities to monitor other wildlife in the district, including desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, snakes, spotted owls, and rare plants.

    Field work over the summer occurs in remote and often extreme conditions, with summer temperatures reaching over 100°F. We start early every day to beat the heat, driving with a partner to remote sites and hiking off-trail in often rugged terrain carrying moderate loads for several hours.

    Salary: $2,798-$3,730 per month DOE. 

    Required: Excellent hearing and color vision, and the ability to identify (or quickly learn to identify) southwestern riparian birds by sight and sound. Previous experience surveying birds is preferred. Experience with Esri Survey123/Collector/Field Maps, and the Microsoft Office Suite is preferred but not required. 

    Please send a signed standard State Application Form (STD 678) to:

    California State Parks, Colorado Desert District

    Attention: Wendie Wallace

    200 Palm Canyon Drive

    Borrego Springs, CA 92004

    For questions regarding the position, please contact: Shannon McNeil, shannon.mcneil@parks.ca.gov or 520-401-4174

    Application forms are available online at: http://jobs.ca.gov/pdf/std678.pdf or at most State Park offices.

    For minimum requirements to qualify as an Environmental Services Intern please see https://hrnet.calhr.ca.gov/CalHRNet/SpecCrossReference.aspx?ClassID=4708. 

    For more details including how to apply: see https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=293462.

    Edited by shannon mcneil




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    Yes, unfortunately. There is a lot of driving involved, plus the Borrego Springs area is pretty remote, so it would be challenging not to be licensed to drive for this job. 

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