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  • Wildlife technician (owls) — Southern California

    Josh Barry
    • Employer: University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Location: Los Padres and Angeles National Forest
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/01/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Five wildlife technicians are needed for a habitat ecology study of the California Spotted Owl in southern California. All positions will begin on March 15th and last until August 15th, 2022. The pay rate is $20.15 per hour. Wildlife technicians will conduct surveys for California spotted owls, assess owl reproductive status, and locate nest trees in the Los Padres and Angeles National Forests, California. Wildlife technicians will also record, transcribe, enter data into computer databases, and validate data that was collected in the field. A typical workweek is 40 hours. Field housing will be provided, but camping will occasionally be required during the work week. Schedules will be irregular, as owls are nocturnal, and work will sometimes require morning follow-up visits. Technicians must work and live cooperatively.

    Applicants must be physically fit (i.e., able to walk long distances in steep terrain), take detailed field notes, be able to work alone and off-trail at night, be confident navigating unfamiliar terrain with a map, compass and GPS, have excellent hearing, and be able to operate 4-wheel-drive vehicles. A nearly spotless driving record is required. Field crews must work and live cooperatively. Applicants with a B.S. in wildlife, biology, or related fields and/or having related experience are preferred.

    One of our primary goals is to monitor the status of spotted owls in southern California, as well as to try to understand the environmental factors and forest management practices that impact spotted owl habitat. Ultimately, these results are translated into recommendations to land management agencies such as the US Forest Service responsible for maintaining viable spotted owl populations.

    The application deadline is 1 Jan., 2022. Interviews will begin as resumes from qualified applicants are received. Applicants must apply through the University of Wisconsin-Madison (https://jobs.wisc.edu/). You can apply by clicking 'Browse Jobs' and typing 'WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN - PEERY'.


    Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a driving history that does not prevent one from using a University of Wisconsin vehicle.

    UW-Madison is an AA/EEO employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, and status as a qualified individual with a disability.



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