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  • Northern Spotted Owl Biologist

    Guest Heidi McKeown
    • Employer: NCRM, Inc.
      Location: Mendocino County, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    Northern Spotted Owl surveyors are needed for conducting surveys throughout Mendocino and Sonoma Counties in Northwestern California. NCRM, Inc. invites applications for full-time seasonal positions conducting surveys for northern spotted owls (NSOs) in the beautiful coast ranges of Northwestern California. Pay is $23/hr - $26/hr depending on experience, special consideration will be given to individuals with spotted owl survey experience in addition to past/current certification for surveying Marbled Murrelets.

    Our coastal office is located on the Mendocino coast in the town of Fort Bragg and our main office is located inland in Ukiah. The work period is expected to last from mid-February to the end of August (with the possibility for extending to full-time, year-round work with benefits for the right person). Modest housing may be available for a reasonable amount in Fort Bragg.

    Most surveys will be conducted at night on lands owned by some of the nation's top forestland conservation organizations including: The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc., and Save-The-Redwoods-League. Duties include conducting nocturnal surveys for NSOs using digital wildlife callers, conducting NSO reproductive status monitoring surveys and observing/recording color-band information of NSOs often alone in remote locations without access to communications infrastructure (cell phones, radios, and CBs), possibly assisting with capturing and banding, taking detailed notes, filling out data forms, entering survey data into tablets and various database programs on computers. Work duties will require hiking over steep and rugged terrain, orienteering with map, compass, and GPS units, working independently and as a member of a team while following detailed instructions and prioritizing workloads with varying and changing field conditions.



    Successful applicants will have experience working with Northern Spotted Owls alone in remote areas often without immediate contact to fellow employees, operating and maintaining 4x4 vehicles and ATVs at night on rugged unimproved dirt roads in addition to operating chainsaws and a variety of other field equipment. Successful applicants will also have good computer skills, be able to work in harsh weather conditions, be physically fit and able to meet the rigorous demands of field work in steep, rugged terrain, able to adapt to a flexible day/night and nighttime work schedule, willing to work overtime, weekends and/or holidays. The applicant must have excellent communication skills (written and oral); able to accurately collect and record field data; and be able to work cooperatively with others, and also capable of working independently with little daily supervision. Please send a cover letter, a resume, and 3 references (who are available and willing to attest to your abilities) with contact information (via email) to Heidi McKeown at hmckeown@ncrm.com Applications will be considered until positions are filled (so don't wait too long).


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