U.S. Geological Survey, Great Basin Bird Observatory, Idaho State University, and Nevada Department of Wildlife
Location: Santa Rosas Mountains, NV
Salary: $15.00-$15.50/hour depending on experience (Tech I-Tech II)
Last Date to Apply- 6/1/22
Description: 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 one position for a Technician to conduct avian biological surveys primarily focused on Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), and Common Ravens (Corvus corax) in Northeastern Nevada. Primary duties may include Sage-Grouse capture and handling, lek counts, radio-telemetry, nest and brood monitoring, habitat sampling, avian predator point count surveys, Raven nest searching and monitoring, pellet collections, nest camera monitoring of Sage-Grouse and Ravens, data entry and management, and other biological surveys as needed. Work hours will be irregular and include nights, early mornings, and weekends.
The Great Basin landscape is beautiful but rugged. Temperature extremes will range from well below freezing to above 100 degrees F during the field season, and inclement weather is always a possibility. This temporary, full-time appointment will start mid-March/early April and will continue through the middle of July or 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. It is recommended to have a residence within a day’s drive of Reno, NV in the case of a COVID-19 quarantine or isolation event, although not required for employment.
Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references (including at least 1 field reference) 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 Belle Malley. Please include “Greater Sage-Grouse Position” in the subject line. Applications and interviews are open now and will continue until the position is filled. Positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified. $15.00 - 15.50/hour depending on experience (Tech 1 - Tech II)
Qualifications: A B.S. degree in a natural resource field required for all employees, although experienced undergraduates within the process of finishing are encouraged to apply for entry level Technician positions that begin mid-summer. All applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license. Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike long distances over rough terrain often in inclement weather (snow, rain, hail, high winds). The ability to take direction and work independently, 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 essential for all positions. Prior experience driving ATVs/4x4 vehicles over rough terrain is also preferred for all positions. It is recommended to have a residence within a day’s drive of Reno, NV in the case of a COVID-19 quarantine or isolation event, although not required for employment. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience assisting with wildlife field research. Previous experience with animal capture and handling, habitat surveys, and radio-telemetry are also preferred.
Application: Send application to email@example.com
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Review of applicant data will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.