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  • Sage-Grouse Technicians, Mono County, California

    Guest Nicole Lindenauer
    • Employer: U.S. Geological Survey, University of California Davis, Great Basin Bird Observatory, Idaho State University, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife
      Location: Mono County, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    This is an ongoing conservation-based graduate project with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and University of California, Davis (UCD), 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), that focuses on augmenting declining populations of Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) via brood translocations. We are seeking to fill 4 positions for Technicians to conduct avian biological surveys primarily focused on Sage-Grouse in Mono County, California. Primary duties may include Sage-Grouse capture and handling, lek counts, radio- telemetry, nest and brood monitoring, habitat sampling, avian predator point count surveys, data entry and management, and other biological surveys as needed. Additionally, mid-season duties may include assisting with translocations of female Sage-Grouse with their broods, as well as tagging chicks with radio-transmitters.

    Work hours will be irregular and include long nights, early mornings, and weekends. The Mono County 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 to be expected. These temporary, full-time appointments start early March and will continue through the middle of July or August, with the potential for extended employment depending on funding and performance. Field housing will be provided and successful applicants will be required to stay on site during work periods. 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: nlindenauer28@gmail.com. Cover letters and correspondence may be addressed to Nicole Lindenauer. Please include “Greater Sage-Grouse Position” in the subject line. Applications and interviews are open now and will continue until all positions are filled. Positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified.

    $16.00 - 17.00/hour depending on experience (Tech 1 - Tech II). 40hrs/week required.

    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 follow 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. Teamwork and community building are an important aspect of this job, as we will all be working and living together. Prior experience driving ATVs/4x4 vehicles over rough terrain is also preferred. 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.

    Photo by USGS Volunteer T. Gettelman 

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