Wildlife Biologist: California

Institute for Wildlife Studies
Modoc County, California
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking highly motivated applicants for a full-time, seasonal biologist for a mountain lion study in northeastern California (Modoc and Lassen Counties). The successful applicant will be part of a team studying predator-prey dynamics. The primary project duties include, but are not limited to: 1) investigating kills made by lions 2) placement and maintenance of camera traps for detecting lion locations, 3) collecting road-killed deer for baiting trap sites to capture lions, 4) assisting in trapping and collaring mountain lions, and 5) collecting data on ungulate abundance. This position will require some night work during trapping and may have a variable schedule depending on seasonal work requirements. The position is currently planned for 6 months, but could be extended.
Candidates should have a B.S. or more advanced degree in Wildlife Management or a related field. Candidates must have field experience with radio telemetry, excellent orienteering skills, experience with databases and spreadsheets for data entry. GIS skills are considered a plus. Experience identifying animal tracks and sign in the field is preferred. Applicant should work well independently and feel confident working alone in remote areas. Experience operating ATV's and full-sized, 4-wheel drive trucks over rocky, muddy and snowy conditions is required. Employment is conditional upon insurability with IWS, so a clean driving record is essential. This position requires considerable hiking to conduct project activities, including hauling materials and equipment to remote sites. Applicants should be sure-footed, safe, and be prepared to hike in steep and rocky terrain in all weather conditions.

The work schedule is 5 days on, 2 days off. Compensation is based on an hourly rate of $14.38, or approximately $2,500/month, with overtime pay as accrued. Position includes full health benefits and sick days as part of the compensation package.

Submit a current resume and a cover letter. Provide the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of at least three (3) professional references. Phone inquiries are not accepted, so please email or write with any questions. Submit documents to: David Garcelon (iwsjobs@iws.org).
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