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  • Field Biologist Desert Tortoise


    Marguerite Hendrie
    • Employer: Corvus Ecological Consulting, LLC
      Location: Mojave Desert of Nevada and California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 10/05/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Corvus Ecological Consulting is seeking several qualified field biologists for a Mojave Desert Tortoise project in California and Nevada. Applicants MUST have demonstrable experience with Mojave Desert Tortoise. We will discard any applicants that do not have this experience. Duration of project is expected to be two weeks starting as early as September 28, 2020, but dates are flexible, and project may extend beyond anticipated end date.

    Work is full time up to 12 hours per day Monday through Friday. Applicant will be part of a team but will also be required to work alone and respect ALL Covid 19 protocols and CDC guidelines involving social distancing and mask wearing. Anyone NOT prepared to follow Covid 19 guidelines should NOT apply.  Field workers will be required to camp and must possess personal camping equipment suitable for desert camping. Work may include driving over rough, unmaintained roads, hiking in rough terrain, and dealing with temperature extremes. A per diem will be provided as well as a vehicle stipend for workers possessing their own 4WD, high clearance, reliable vehicle.

    There will be two types of positions: desert tortoise presence/absence surveys and construction compliance monitoring.

    Desert tortoise survey field workers will be required to hike in rough terrain for extended periods. Fieldworkers should

    ·        Be Physically fit

    ·        Have exceptional knowledge of desert tortoise sign.

    ·        Have experience with GPS units, basecamp software, and topographic maps

    Construction monitoring field workers are expected to

    ·        Have knowledge of rules and regulations concerning construction activities in desert tortoise habitat

    ·        Have a keen eye for details

    ·        Possess the ability to confront non-compliant workers in a helpful and non-confrontational way

    ·        Have experience working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds

    All applicants should have the following:

    ·        A positive attitude

    ·        The ability to take direction

    ·        A valid driver’s license and clean driving record

    Compensation will be $35/hour plus a daily per diem and vehicle stipend if applicable.

    To apply please send a cover letter, résumé, and list of 3 references with phone numbers and email addresses to jobs@corvusecological.com. In the subject line, indicate that you are interested in the desert tortoise position. You can specify in the body of the email whether you prefer presence absence surveys or construction monitoring. No phone calls please. References, cover letter and résumé should specifically address the qualifications outlined in this announcement and the candidate’s experience. Again, please do NOT apply if you do NOT have experience with Mojave Desert Tortoise surveys. The preferred method of attachment is as a single document or a zip file of separate documents. Applications will be accepted immediately until October 5, 2020.




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    I definitely considered this before posting the job, but reviewing other jobs on the site--native seed collector, director of information technology for Defenders of Wildlife, not all the jobs on here are strictly bird related. It required admin approval, so I assume someone deemed it appropriate enough, but it is also fine to remove it. It is simply here to advertise a paid position.

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    Fair enough. For me the difference was the other jobs are looking for general biologists (as in you could have ornithology experience and still apply), while this ad requires exclusive experience with a single tortoise species. I would think that requirement alone would narrow down the list to ostensibly not a single person who visits this site, as in maybe 1 or 2 people of 1000s. I may be wrong. But you're right, if it got past the admins then it is obviously fine.

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    I think you might be surprised if you spent some time on a Mojave DT job, how many of the people are actually avid birders and would prefer to be doing avian fieldwork if they found some that paid what some firms pay for tortoise biologists (although this particular position is more modest than most). For many, Desert Tortoise biology funds their birding hobby 🙂

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