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  • Sage Grouse Monitoring Technician

    • Employer: The Great Basin Institute
      Location: Cedarville, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Position Summary:

    Working collaboratively with the BLM, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two (2) AmeriCorps Wildlife Monitoring Technicians to help address key management tasks related to multiple projects within the Applegate Field Office in Cedarville, California. Through this opportunity, the successful applicants will be exposed to the operations of a federal land management agency charged with a multiple-use and sustainable-yield mission. The Technicians will gain a greater understanding of how policy decisions are formulated, gain hands-on experience with natural resource monitoring protocols and field techniques, enhance skills related to data collection and behavioral observations, as well as actively participate in formal trainings related to first aid, off-highway vehicle operation, and the BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Strategy.

    The primary project focus will be the Greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and thus technician responsibilities may include participating in lek counts, assisting with habitat use research as needed, and conducting vegetation monitoring (e.g., line point intercept). An outcome of these field exercises is providing BLM management with the necessary data to assess whether planned habitat improvement projects can move forward to the implementation phase.

    Upon completion of this position, the Wildlife Monitoring Technicians will be better prepared to take on additional responsibility in fields related to rangeland management, wildlife biology, or public land management. Applicants seeking to apply for graduate school will have compelling experience and real-world knowledge to apply to their application.


    Founded in 1864, Cedarville, California is a small mountain town of 500 people located in the northwest corner of Modoc County just to the east of the Warner Mountains. A multitude of recreational opportunities are available in the surrounding areas as the town sits in Surprise Valley on the border of Modoc National Forest and South Warner Wilderness, two and a half hours from Lassen National Forest, and three and a half hours from the Black Rock Desert.


    This is an AmeriCorps position; members will receive a total living stipend for the season in the amount of $12,060. This is not an hourly wage and is allocated to members every other week (approximately $950 biweekly before taxes) throughout the service term. Upon successful completion of their AmeriCorps service, members shall receive a Segal Americorps Education Award in the amount of $3,047.50 that can be applied to qualifying student loans, tuition at Title IV accredited colleges, and potentially other educational expenses.

    Housing available at no cost to the member.

    Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for by the Great Basin Institute and available starting the first day of service.


    ·         Late February/Early March – Late August/Early September 2020 (25 weeks)

    ·         Full-time, 40 hours per week

    Technical requirements:

    ·         Bachelor’s degree or coursework and experience in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or a related field;

    ·         Field experience that included adhering to field data collection protocols and accurately recording field data;

    ·         Office experience that included data entry and report writing;

    ·         Knowledge of wildlife ecology  and plant taxonomy including use of technical keys;

    ·         Familiarity with wildlife species in the area; including threatened, endangered, and sensitive species;

    ·         Ability to use a GPS unit for navigation and data collection;

    ·         Experience using ArcGIS to create maps, analyze data, and organize layers preferred;

    ·         Experience in habitat evaluation and collection of vegetation data preferred; and

    ·         Experience in conducting avian surveys and nest monitoring preferred, particularly for gallinaceous species

    Additional requirements:

    ·         Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;

    ·         Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads that can be steep and rutted;

    ·         Experience operating UTV’s preferred;

    ·         Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;

    ·         Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field;

    ·         Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., pre-sunrise mornings, late nights past midnight);

    ·         Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;

    ·         Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred; and

    ·         Ability to meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four terms or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

    How to Apply:

    Qualified and interested applicants should follow this link to apply directly through our online portal: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=OSNA&req=2019-ACI-064

    Mobile link: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careersmobile/careers.aspx?rf=OSNA&req=2019-ACI-064

    We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

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