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  • Texas Endangered Species Monitor position (Bolivar Peninsula, TX)

    • Employer: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
      Location: Bolivar Peninsula, TX
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 07/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Project: Bolivar Peninsula, Texas Endangered Species Monitoring, July 25 – approximately August 31, 2022


    Compensation:  $150/day, $75/half day. Field housing provided. This is an independent consulting position. It does not include benefits; a 1099 will be issued for salary earned and contractor is required to submit regular mileage reports.

    Hours:  Monday through Friday with some Saturdays and Sundays and evenings depending on contractor schedule.

    Job Description:  Duties include pre-work and hourly surveys for endangered species (Piping Plover, Red Knots, sea turtles) within construction buffer zone, notifying construction crew members when work stoppage is required due to endangered species presence, answering construction crew questions concerning endangered species, and required reporting for endangered species presence. Endangered species monitor is required to be present during all construction activities. Note that when construction is delayed on weekdays due to weather or other circumstances, weekend work will be required if contractor desires to work on the weekend to make up the time.

    Qualifications:  Open to college juniors, seniors, or graduates in Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Wildlife Sciences, or a related discipline, OR those with sufficient experience identifying Piping Plover and Red Knot in winter plumage and/or sea turtle monitoring. Experience with avian monitoring and conservation, endangered species monitoring, sea turtle monitoring and band resighting are all pluses. Successful applicant will attend training for endangered species monitoring which includes turtle sign training.

    Applicant must be comfortable communicating and working with recreational beach users, volunteers, community members, staff of multiple partner organizations, and contractors. A significant portion of time will be spent viewing birds through binoculars and high-powered scopes, and standing and walking outside in beach habitat in hot or cold, sunny conditions.   Weather conditions vary and may include strong winds, rain and storms, extreme heat, and high humidity – biting insects may be prevalent throughout the season. Field housing is provided and no pets are accepted.  Candidate must be able to physically and mentally work in these conditions. 

    Basic Microsoft Word and Excel skills are required.  Report writing skills are desirable.  Valid driver's license required. Personal vehicle required for transportation to and from housing and work site which is on the beach. 4WD or AWD recommended. Mileage reimbursement at current government rate in cents per mile.

    Application Instructions:  Send cover letter, resume, 3 references to:  Susan Heath at sheath@gcbo.org.  Deadline is Friday, July 15, 2022.

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