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  • Seasonal Avian Field Biologists (Bell’s Sparrow)


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    • Employer: Institute for Wildlife Studies
      Location: San Clemente Island, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Description:  The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking up to 4 seasonal field biologists to work on the San Clemente Bell’s Sparrow monitoring program.  The San Clemente Bell’s Sparrow is a federally threatened subspecies endemic to San Clemente Island (SCI).  These are 5-month (approx.) positions beginning 1 February.  Contingent on performance and funding availability, seasonal employees may be offered promotions to full-time positions, which include a housing stipend and paid vacation.

    Field Biologist duties include, but are not limited to:

    1.     Nest searching and monitoring;

    2.     Territory spot-mapping, conducting area surveys, and re-sighting of color-banded birds;

    3.     Data entry and management in ArcMap, Access and Excel;

    4.     Day-to-day upkeep of the field station and IWS equipment;

    5.     Vegetation surveys, plant identification and measurement

    Qualifications: We are seeking highly-motivated and skilled field biologists with strong research backgrounds and a commitment to conservation and applied ecology.  The successful candidates will have earned a B.S. in wildlife biology, zoology, ecology or a related field and have knowledge of, and experience with, avian biology.  Required experience/qualifications: nest searching and monitoring, behavioral observations, and extensive hiking experience in difficult terrain.  Preferred experience/qualifications: 3 years field experience, threatened & endangered species monitoring, territory mapping, vegetation survey experience, and ability to operate full-sized 4-wheel drive trucks on rocky and muddy roads.

    Because this work is conducted on a military installation, the applicant must be a citizen of the United States or be covered under a TN NAFTA work visa.  Individuals must have (or be willing to acquire before start date) a valid U.S. driver’s license. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition and be comfortable hiking alone for 3–5 miles with a 30–40 pound pack in steep, rocky, cactus-covered terrain and in temperatures ranging from 40–100°F.  Applicants should enjoy living as part of a small research community in a busy field station, interacting with biologists working on other projects, and working with military personnel and members of other organizations who may have varying missions, opinions, and personalities.  Additionally, applicants must be willing to participate in the day-to-day upkeep of the field station, including cleaning of work vehicles and shared kitchen/office space.  Employees work 10 days on island, and then take 4 off (off island).  All employment offers are contingent on the insurability of the applicant by IWS.  In addition, the Navy will perform a post-hire background check before issuing a base access credential.  Applicants will be asked to provide information to verify their driving record.  Additional information regarding IWS research on SCI is available on the IWS website (www.iws.org).

    Hours and Compensation: The work schedule is 10 days on San Clemente Island, and 4 days off-island. Compensation is based on an hourly rate of $13.25/hr, however; scheduled overtime results in average gross earnings of approximately $2,875 per month. Room and board will be provided while working on the island; off-island housing during days off is not provided. Flights on and off the island are provided at no cost. No pets are allowed on SCI. For seasonal employees, benefits include employer-paid health insurance and sick leave. If extended to a permanent position, benefits are extended to include a housing stipend, paid vacation, paid holidays, and an optional 403(b) retirement plan.

    Application Procedure: To apply send a cover letter, resume and names and contact information (including telephone number, email and work address) of at least 3 professional references as ONE document to Susan Meiman at (sparrowjobs [AT] iws.org)  with the subject line “Sparrow Biologist



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