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  • Piping Plover Technician-Student Contractor North and South Dakota

    • Employer: USGS-Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
      Location: Coleharbor, ND Moffit, ND Crosby, ND Medicine Lake, MT Gettysburg, SD Bismarck, ND
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/31/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Description: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is seeking 1-4 student contractor technicians for the 2019 summer field season for studies of Piping Plovers conducted in conjunction with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Technicians will be placed on crews of 1-2 people and will be responsible for monitoring of breeding plovers on emergent sandbars and shorelines within riverine, reservoir and/or wetland habitats in the Northern Great Plains.  They will contribute to nest searching, nest monitoring, resighting bands with spotting scopes, binoculars, and digital cameras and data entry in Microsoft Access.  Students will be trained in data-collection methods at the beginning of the field season. Students may receive motorboat training.

    Field work is extensive, and requires long hours walking on river sandbars and rocky shorelines and operating motorboats in adverse weather conditions. The incumbent may be required to lift containers weighing up to 40 pounds in the performance of assigned duties. Field work will involve exposure to a wide range of weather conditions including cold, mud, and severe heat.  Exposure to biting insects and ticks is possible.  At the end of each field day, students are expected to enter data into Access databases in an office setting. Housing will be provided and may be bunkhouse setting located on National Wildlife Refuges, or a field house, camper, and/or apartments.

    This position is only open to students or recent graduates (graduated less than 1 year ago).  Interested applicants should submit their resume, recent copy of transcript, and copy of diploma ASAP.  Selections will be made as resumes come in. 

    Start Date: April 22, 2019 flexible DOE

    Locations:  Coleharbor, ND

          Moffit, ND

          Crosby, ND

          Medicine Lake, MT

          Gettysburg, SD

          Bismarck, ND


    Salary: $15.38.-$21.32 depending on experience and education + free housing 40-60hr/week

    Qualifications: Selectees will be hired as Student Service Contracts.  This position is only open to students or recent graduates (graduated less than 1 year ago).  Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in a degree program at a recognized educational institution.

    Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. degree in wildlife, natural resources, or related field or will have a B.S. or B.A. by the time of their start date for the position.  Applicants with 2+ years of college are also encouraged to apply. 

    Must be able to follow an established monitoring protocol and accurately record data.  Students may be required to take and pass the government boat operators course (MOCC) at the beginning of the field season.  Applicants must be in good physical condition, and possess good communication and organizational skills. The ability to work both independently and with others is essential.  Applicants with a working knowledge of GPS units, nest searching, band resighting, and boat operation experience are especially encouraged to apply.

    You will be required to operate a government-owned or leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possession of a valid State driver’s license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license and a copy of your driving record.




    To the contact person listed below Students should provide a 1-2 page resume including:

         • Student’s full legal name (including middle name)

         • Mailing address

         • Telephone number

         • E-mail address

         • Date of birth

         • Place of birth

         • Citizenship and, if not a US citizen, immigration/VISA status

         • Education, including descriptions of relevant classes

         • Work or volunteer experience related to the scientific field


    Include the following attachments:

    A copy of your most recent transcript, listing courses taken and overall GPA.

    A copy of your diploma or letter from registrar or advisor (if applicable)


    Do NOT include a Social Security Number (SSN) on your resume.


    Students will be working as independent contractors and do not receive a premium rate for work beyond 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week. Additionally, students are paid only for hours worked. Students do earn 1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Pay Rates for students include cost of self-employment taxes for social security and Medicare.


    Last Date to Apply: Applications will be reviewed as submitted; announcement open until position(s) filled


    Contact Person: Megan Ring            mring@usgs.gov

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