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    • Employer: Humboldt State University
      Location: Central California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/07/2020
      Open Until Filled: No


    Wage:  Range $20.54 to $24.00 per hour depending on experience and responsibilities. Housing at the field site will be provided. This is a full-time position. Job offers a competitive benefits package including group health, dental, and vision.

    Project Name:  Common Murre Restoration Project

    Supervisor:  Richard Golightly Ph.D.

    Background and duties: The Common Murre Restoration Project is seeking up to three (pending available funding) Site Leader positions to conduct monitoring of breeding seabirds including Common Murre, Brandt’s Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Western Gull, Black Oystercatcher and Pigeon Guillemot along the central California coast. This project is conducted cooperatively by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex) and Humboldt State University. The purpose of the project is to aid in the recovery of Murre colonies that were depleted because of oil spills, human disturbance and other anthropogenic factors.

    Primary duties will include conducting seabird population and productivity surveys, documenting human disturbances to seabirds, database entry, training and supervising up to two Wildlife Technicians, scheduling and managing daily field work, ensuring accurate data recording and entry, summarizing field data, report writing, coordinating with project partners, and interacting with the public.  Other duties may include counting seabirds from aerial photographs, conducting surveys of nesting seabirds, or other related tasks as assigned. Multi-day travel between multiple sites at a distance from the primary duty station may be required. Successful applicants must demonstrate specific evidence of leadership and good communication skills, ability to work independently and ability to make good decisions in the field. Preference may be given to applicants with prior field experience with seabird or other wildlife monitoring or census techniques. Additional evaluation may be based on the applicant’s knowledge and experience with computer use, databases, and report preparation. Site Leaders will be expected to assist with pre-season preparation of field equipment and supplies, post-season data analysis and preparation of an annual report.

    Duration:  Approximately 1 April through August 2020.

    Minimum Qualifications: 1) Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biological sciences or related discipline with an emphasis in wildlife biology, restoration or behavior; 2) current driver’s license with a good driving record; 3) ability to sufficiently move and lift equipment up to 50 lbs; 4) ability to regularly hike up to 3 miles in steep/narrow/uneven terrain while carrying up to 50 lbs of gear; 5) ability to work at the tops of high, steep cliffs, 6) specific and demonstrable leadership skills; 7) specific and demonstrable database skills; and 😎 specific and demonstrable communication skills.

    Application must include:

    1) An INK- SIGNED cover letter, which includes the exact job title: Site Leader

    2) Résumé

    3) Names, affiliations, and phone numbers of two professional references

    4) Completed Employee Information Form (https://goo.gl/25WmnK)

    **Do not staple application packet!**



    For questions please contact Erica Donnelly-Greenan at Erica.Donnelly@humboldt.edu or (510) 792-0222 ext.227

    Closing Date: Applications must be post marked by January 07, 2020 to receive full consideration. Applications that arrive after January 07 may or may not be considered.

    Send completed application to:   

    Erica Donnelly-Greenan

    ATTN: Site Leader

    San Francisco Bay NWRC

    1 Marshlands Road

    Fremont, CA 94555 USA



    Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. More information about HSU SPF’s Equal Employment Opportunity hiring can be found here.

    For assistance with the application process, please submit an Accommodation Request Form which can be found here or call the SPF Interim Compliance Support Coordinator at (707) 826-5159.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered this position within HSU SPF. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current HSU SPF employees who apply for this position.


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