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  • GGRO Senior Biological Technician

    Tessa Wei
    • Employer: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
      Location: Marin Headlands, Marin County, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/25/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    To apply for this position, please go to:  https://jobapply.page.link/sM6v

    Organization Description:

    The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service overseeing the Golden Gate National Recreation Area — 84,000 acres of national parkland spanning the San Francisco Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Alcatraz Island. The Parks Conservancy is a membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. 

    With our local and federal partners, the Parks Conservancy is committed to the work of supporting Bay Area national parks as places where we can further racial and social justice for our community and climate resilience for these protected lands.

    Department Description:

    The Parks Conservancy’s Conservation and Community Science (CCS) department supports the climate adaptive work of the Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and agency partners by engaging our local communities and regional conservation practitioners in efforts that address the information needs of park scientists. We develop and carry out conservation science studies designed to fill critical data gaps, spark curiosity, and engage a more diverse cross-section of Bay Area residents to understand how to improve the climate resilience of our parks as temperatures and seas rise. We work to demystify the scientific process by building bridges between community members, land managers and practicing scientists. We also work to rectify historic injustices built into the practice of science by expanding our collective understanding of what it means to “do science’ and by re-connecting with non-institutional ways of understanding our relationship to the natural world.

    The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory is the oldest of the Parks Conservancy’s Community Science programs, established in 1984 in cooperation with the National Park Service. GGRO is the umbrella for several research and monitoring volunteer programs centered on the annual autumn migration of tens of thousands of birds of prey through the Marin Headlands. GGRO has two full-time staff who coordinate 130 community scientists working as raptor counters and banders. The resulting data show population trends for Pacific Flyway raptors. We also provide critical information on population movements and structure, as well as stressors and causes of mortality. GGRO biologists cooperate with a range of professional scientists from agencies and universities to ensure the maximum value of the data we collect.

    Position Overview:

    The GGRO Senior Biological Technician is responsible for leading projects in preparation for the field season, as well as managing safety and training materials for GGRO Banding and Hawkwatch programs for the fall 2022 season. They will act in the capacity of the acting Program Managers in their absence or when assigned. They will be a team leader during field operations (lead Hawkwatch or Banding teams), lead and manage volunteer safety trainings, organize training materials, and provide other field or office support. A strong knowledge of raptor identification, raptor banding/handling experience is required, including the ability to lead a crew of volunteers with varied experience levels and personalities. They will assist with the training of the GGRO Assistant Biological Technician and novice volunteers. This is a seasonal, 7.5-month position that will support more than 130 GGRO highly trained National Park Service volunteers producing 10,000+ community science hours.

    Essential Functions and Responsibilities:


    Act as Program Managers in their absence

    Leads and coordinates training of 130+ volunteers and volunteer leaders 

    Leads daily/monthly safety training for volunteers 

    Management of safety and program supplies 

    Updates and reviews Job Hazard Analyses, procedure, and project documents 

    Supports vehicle maintenance and upkeep 

    Manages data entry, organization, and end-of-year reporting  

    Leads husbandry management at bird facility as advised by Banding Program Manager

    Prepares and presents reports, articles, blogs and social media, as needed 

    Support for GGRO trainings and meetings, both on-site and Zoom-based 


    Supports Banding Manager in:  

    Purchasing/maintaining trapping equipment/field sites  

    Maintaining banding research tools and equipment 

    Taking, processing, and organizing biological samples (feathers, blood, etc.) 

    Training volunteer banders how to band and trap raptors using GGRO techniques 


    Supports Hawkwatch Manager in: 

    Managing Dunkadoo data, data collation and field corrections 

    Maintaining Hawkwatch research tools, and data devices 

    Training volunteer counters how to identify and count migrating raptors using GGRO techniques

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


    Strong knowledge of Dunkadoo or other bird data collection software

    Strong knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook, & Sharepoint)

    Strong knowledge of Zoom and other virtual online meeting tools

    Strong knowledge of and ability to use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 


    Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record

    Must drive 4WD vehicles over rough dirt roads

    Reliable transportation to and from the Marin Headlands, CA


    Strong knowledge of bird husbandry, health, and handling techniques

    Strong knowledge of raptor biology and raptor research

    Strong knowledge of raptor trapping techniques, specific include using bow nets, mist nets, dho-gazzas (>60 recommended)

    Strong knowledge of binoculars and spotting scopes

    People Skills

    Ability to work with, and supervise, a wide range of people and personalities with enthusiasm and skill

    Demonstrates attention to detail, accuracy, thoroughness

    Effectively manage time with multiple assignments and deadlines to ensure timely completion of projects

    Understands programs’ strengths and weaknesses

    Understands volunteers’ strengths and weaknesses, and how to support them in their path to improvement

    Maintains awareness of changing field conditions, adapts to maintain safety

    Exhibits sound and accurate judgement

    Excellent problem-solving skills

    Understands the power of teamwork, balances team and individual responsibilities

    Excellent inter-personal communication skills and the ability to work in a team toward common goals 

    Education and/or Experience:

    Bachelor’s degree in ecology, wildlife biology or related field

    Three+ seasons raptor-banding and raptor identification/surveys

    Handled and banded over 80 raptors (additional banding resume we will be required) 

    Supervisory management experience with volunteers and/or field crews

    Extensive raptor banding/handling experience is required, including the ability to lead a crew of varied experience levels in all aspects of banding station operation

    Experience with banding demonstrations to the public 

    A strong sense of ethics and knowledge of safety practices for raptor trapping and banding raptors are required 


    Physical Requirements and Work Environments:

    Ability to condense safety guidelines into field trainings and situations

    Adequate vision to spot and ID birds of prey, as well to read small fonts – may include corrective lenses

    Frequently lifts, carries, and positions objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

    Field work will include sitting on a stool for up to 8 hours, squatting and kneeling, also standing for 6 hours

    Ability to walk up and down a rocky fire road ½ mile in length with a steep grade, carrying up to 20 lbs.

    Some work is performed sitting at a desk and in front of a computer

    Work location is Ft. Cronkhite and the Marin Headlands

    Work week will include working weekend days, some holidays, and some evenings

    Health and Safety:

    It is the policy of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to create and maintain a safe and healthful workplace free from recognized hazards that may cause harm to employees, consistent with and in compliance with applicable state and federal laws. Employees will play an active role in creating a safe and healthy workplace and will comply with all applicable health and safety rules. The Conservancy is committed to the goal of implementing an effective health and safety program and an injury prevention program

    Based on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parks Conservancy requires all employees, interns, and independent contractors to be vaccinated and to provide proof of such vaccination as a condition of employment or performing contract work. 

    Pay Rate & Benefits: $26/hour; Comprehensive benefits package includes paid vacation/personal/sick days, medical/dental/vision plans, 403(B), Employee Assistance Program, employer-matched Commuter Program, employee discounts, and more.

    Start Date & Duration: The GGRO Migration Biological Technician position is a seasonal 7.5-month position starting June 13, 2022, and ending late January 2023.

    Application Deadline Date:  For priority consideration, please apply by March 25, 2022, 5:00 PM PDT.  After March 25, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

    The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.  We will consider qualified candidates with criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.


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