U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO), Idaho State University (ISU), Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), is seeking to fill positions for (2) Interns and a Technician to conduct raven nest searches and nest monitoring at multiple study sites across Nevada and California. Research will be conducted alongside a graduate student who is studying raven nesting behavior and researching ways to mitigate the effects of ravens on Greater sage-grouse.
Primary duties from March to June will include searching for raven nests, installing and checking raven and sage-grouse nest cameras, pellet collection, avian predator count surveys, interpreting nest videos, and data entry. Opportunities to monitor sage-grouse using radio-telemetry and perform habitat surveys will be available in the months of July and August. Additionally, opportunities to capture and radio-mark sage-grouse may be available throughout the season. These temporary, full-time appointments will last from the first week of March through the middle of July/beginning of August, with the potential for extended employment depending on funding and performance. Primitive field housing will be provided, and successful applicants will be required to stay on site during work periods.
These positions are a great opportunity to explore the beautiful sagebrush steppe of the Great Basin and Sierra Mountains, however, these landscapes can be rugged and challenging to work in. Temperature extremes can range from well below freezing to above 100 degrees F, and inclement weather is always a possibility.
Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references in a single PDF document saved with applicant’s last name in the title to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover letters and correspondence may be addressed to Corina Sanchez and Rebecca Kelble. Please include “Raven Nest Monitoring Intern/Technician” in the subject line.
Applications will be accepted through March 2nd , however, positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified.
B.S. degree in biology or a natural resource field preferred although experienced undergraduates are encouraged to apply as well for intern positions. U.S. citizen with valid driver’s license required.
Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike long distances over rough terrain often in inclement weather (snow, rain, hail, high winds). Both positions will be required to work independently, as needed, and use a hand-held GPS. Training will be provided for operating 4WD vehicles and ATVs but prior experience is preferred. The ability to take direction, a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, a desire to gain experience while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude, and good communication skills with field supervisor and teammates are also essential for all positions.
Technicians: Positions will be offered to applicants with demonstrated experience assisting with wildlife field research. Experience working with off-road vehicles in rugged terrain is preferred, but not required.
Interns: Internships will be offered to applicants that demonstrate a passion for wildlife ecology, a willingness to learn new techniques, a desire to work as part of a team, a desire to work hard in a remote but beautiful field setting and have strong references. Previous field experience is desirable, but not required. Payment is based on reimbursement of travel expenses set on established rates and is not considered an hourly wage.
Start Date: Tentatively 2 March 2020
Technicians: (~$1700-2200/mo, dependent on experience)
Interns (~$1000/mo travel reimbursement)
Contact: Corina Sanchez