Mojave Desert Tortoise Field Biologist: Nevada

SNEI Biological
Las Vegas, Nevada and the surrounding Mojave Desert
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Full time Positions
$12 to $15 per hour depending upon experience
Last Date to Apply
SNEI is seeking to hire qualified biologists to join our training program and willing to commit to becoming part of a team of biologists working throughout the Mojave Desert for the 2017 field season. The training program is 30-40 hours/week for 2-3 months. Our corporate office is in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are in the process of expanding our team of biologists and looking for candidates that are willing to be trained and become authorized desert tortoise (DT) biologists (after meeting US Fish and Wildlife Service qualifications) in Nevada and California. As an authorized DT biologist, you will perform desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) surveys and construction monitoring in the Mojave Desert. Projects performing DT surveys and construction monitoring occur throughout the year. This means you may be working year round (construction projects tend to slow down in the winter). Construction monitors are present on construction sites (pipelines, electrical transmission lines, solar projects, wind farms, etc…) making sure workers are DT educated and that they do not harm this federally threatened species.

All SNEI biologists are expected to pick up work when work is available. Most of our work involves desert tortoise survey and construction monitoring. However, this work could also include avian, Utah prairie dog, Amargosa toad, Mojave fringe-toed lizard, rare, sensitive, and endangered plant surveys, etc.

Our crews typically work overtime (anything over 40 hrs/wk), and frequently work weekends as needed. We work outside in all types of conditions: extreme Heat (120 degrees F), relentless sunshine, but also in cold, rain, and very windy conditions. Our team must complete field surveys on tight schedules and must mirror construction schedules during the construction phases of projects. These schedules tend to be last minute and change often; therefore our biologists need to be very flexible in order to meet the needs of our clients. If you are adaptable, knowledgeable, hard working, and willing to go at a moments notice, SNEI might be the right firm for you.
Qualified applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in a science or related field such as biology, wildlife, environmental science, ecology, botany, etc. Preference will be given to those applicants who have an understanding and experience with desert southwest ecology, and threatened and/or endangered species. Applicants must be able to tolerate standing and/or walking while monitoring heavy construction machinery for 12 hours or more in a single day. Must be able to work outdoors in all types of conditions, including extreme heat conditions of up to 120 degrees F for extended periods of time. Must be able to walk 10-15 miles per day, sometimes over rough terrain. Must be able to work and communicate well with others and be a team player. Applicant must be able to relocate to Las Vegas, Nevada. Housing near our Las Vegas office is NOT PROVIDED; therefore applicants must find their own housing and have their own personal transportation to and from SNEI’s office. SNEI will provide accommodations when working away from the general vicinity of Las Vegas. Work vehicles are provided for field work to and from the work sites. Knowledge and the ability to drive 4WD vehicles over rough terrain is a plus (DMV driving record for past 3 years required). Applicants must be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, and be enthusiastic about conservation. Also, applicants must be well organized and detail oriented. Lastly, knowledge with GPS, especially with a Garmin GPSmap 60CSx is preferred.

Qualified applicants should submit a brief cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Applicants will be hired as positions become available.
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Carey Carlos
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