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    Loon (Biological) Technician

    • Employer: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Umbagog National Wildlife Reguge
      Location: Errol, NH
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/18/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) seeks a qualified biological technician to implement the loon monitoring and management program at Umbagog NWR.  Data collection and management activities will occur from early-May through August.  This position requires a flexible schedule that takes full advantage of desirable field conditions, with field work occurring at dawn and dusk, and during weekends.  Loon abundance and productivity data will be collected following a standardized protocol, and includes: territory occupancy, band resighting, nest searching and monitoring, and monitoring of chick survival.  Management activities include: nest raft deployment, nest camera operation, temporary nest closure management, and carcass recovery for necropsy.  Other duties include: assisting with turtle surveys (April-May and September-October) and assisting with waterfowl banding. 

    Background – This monitoring program contributes to a long-term loon abundance and productivity data set that has been maintained for over three decades.  Data from this program informs loon conservation efforts at Umbagog NWR, throughout New Hampshire, and across the northeastern United States. 

    Requirements - The incumbent must be able to safely operate a motorboat without supervision on an 8,000 acre lake.  The incumbent must possess, or be able to obtain (May 13-17 training provided), a Department Of the Interior Motorboat Operator Certification Course certificate to be authorized to operate refuge boats.  Use of a government vehicle requires the incumbent to possess a valid driver’s license.  The incumbent will be required to maintain a flexible work schedule including: early mornings (dawn) late evenings (dusk) and weekends.   The successful applicant must be able to work both independently and with other seasonal staff, and interact professionally with the public.

    Method of Payment – This position is offered through the American Conservation Experience (ACE).  Compensation is equivalent to $11.00/hour.

    Period of Performance – 40 hours/week for 26 weeks, late April 2019 – October 2019.

    Government Furnished Items-Housing, Government Vehicle (for work use only), Field Gear

    Incumbent Furnished Items –Appropriate Clothing and Footwear, Personal Vehicle (for use outside of work), Positive Attitude

    Application Instructions –Submit application material (resume and cover letter) as soon as possible to: Sean Flint, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 240, Errol, N.H. 03579, sean_flint@fws.gov, (603) 482-3415; ext 118. 

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