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  • Wildlife Field Technician (Sequoia & Kings NP)

    Guest GBI_Katherine
    • Employer: Great Basin Institute
      Location: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Three Rivers, CA)
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/08/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service, is recruiting (4) Wildlife Field Technicians to support conservation, management and restoration of natural resources/ecosystems in and around Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP (SEKI) to help promote stewardship of public lands during a period of landscape change. The Wildlife Field Technician will use a variety of field techniques to survey for birds and to some extent assist with forest carnivore surveys on NPS and neighboring USFS lands. 

    Specifically, the Technician will work cooperatively with the GBI wildlife crew and agency staff to:
    • Follow established protocols to conduct non-invasive surveys for forest wildlife.  Specifically, we will conduct surveys for three focal groups: “birds” (primarily breeding / nesting songbirds and woodpeckers, but including other species), “owls” (primarily California spotted owl), and “forest carnivores” (focus on fishers).  Methods will vary by group.  For birds – we will conduct short audio/visual surveys then search for nests in areas where treatments are anticipated.  For California spotted owls, we will coordinate with USFS researchers to conduct surveys and search for nests near fire footprints and treatment areas.  For forest carnivores, we will primarily deploy remote cameras to detect fishers and other species, and but may also assist with on-going telemetry where objectives overlap.  
    • Collect and compile location and sample data from various species according to established protocols.  This may include document basic information at survey sites (e.g., vegetation type, fuels, condition pre- or post-fire); organize photos for species verification and long-term storage; enter detection and other data from survey sites into a database; and maintain datasheets.
    • Work collaboratively with other NPS staff, other federal partners, and other researchers to develop additional post-fire and/or pre-treatment survey and monitoring efforts for wildlife in the parks to determine occurrence and habitat use post-fire in forest with different burn severity, in green forest adjacent to burned areas, along roadsides where hazard trees may be removed, and/or in areas where fuels reduction is planned (including sequoia groves). 
    • Be willing to support field efforts to monitor multiple species in a setting where flexibility will be needed to ensure success of survey efforts.

    Note that we expect to hire 2 field technicians that will focus primarily on “birds” (predominantly breeding/nesting songbirds and woodpeckers) and 2 field technicians that will focus “owls” and “forest carnivores”.  However, we do expect field crew to be willing to pitch in as needed with any of the survey efforts, especially with setting /checking remote cameras.  As feasible, field crew may also support local on-going telemetry monitoring of fishers as time, logistics, and objectives allow.  If particularly interested in a position with a ”bird” or “owl/forest carnivore” focus – please indicate in cover letter.

    In addition to providing professional experience in natural resource management, this position provides opportunities to support stewardship of public lands and to contribute to the conservation, management and restoration of natural ecosystems and native wildlife in the southern Sierra Nevada.


    Contract Timeline:
    • May 2023 – October 2023 (24 weeks)
    • Full time (40 hours per week); some overtime, paid at 1.5 times regular wage, may be required
    • Field work could involve either early morning or evening work depending on species focus
    • Possibility of additional forest carnivore focused work in fall/winter – contingent on funding


    Compensation and Benefits:
    • Wage: $16.00 per hour
    • Health insurance coverage provided at no cost to you
    • Paid personal leave and holidays
    • Housing: Shared NPS housing is expected to be available for those that do not have local housing; rent will be paid by individual crew members and residents must adhere to housing guidelines. Housing is expected to be in Ash Mountain, Lodgepole, or possibly Grant Grove


    • B.S. in biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, or related discipline;
    • The ideal candidate would have a combination of bird, owl, and forest carnivore experience – but individuals with bird or owl monitoring skills would be particularly helpful this season. 
    • Experience surveying for birds – particularly western songbirds and woodpeckers during the breeding season;
    • Experience finding nests (particularly western songbirds and woodpeckers).
    • Experience surveying for owls – particularly California or Northern spotted owls, including calling and nest finding / monitoring;
    • Experience setting and checking remote cameras for forest carnivores;
    • Experience using telemetry to locate animals, especially in mountainous terrain;
    • Ability to navigate in the field using a combination of handheld GPS, tablet, map, compass; 
    • Prefer some GIS experience;
    • Experience collecting and managing field data and organizing field samples;
    • Familiarity with Sierra Nevada fauna and flora, and experience identifying Sierra trees/shrubs; 
    • Ability to collaborate and communicate positively with others; 
    • Willingness and ability to work/hike in steep terrain and carry moderate to heavy backpack;
    • Familiarity with the mission, goals and operations of the National Park Service and with SEKI Resource Management & Science, preferred; 
    • Required: Possess valid driver’s license; current Covid vaccine
    • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the NPS.

    The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.

    To learn more and apply, please visit our site: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/Careers.aspx?rf=ECOJOBS&req=2023-RAP-032.

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