U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center
San Diego, CA
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Salary ranges from $18-$22/hour depending on experience. and grade level qualified for
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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIANS (up to 8) needed for ongoing population studies of the endangered Least Bell’s Vireo, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, and other riparian birds in San Diego County, California. Primary duties include surveying coastal riparian habitat for vireos and flycatchers, nest monitoring, resighting color banded birds, and vegetation sampling. Additional opportunities may include surveying for Cactus Wrens in coastal sage scrub habitat. Employment dates are 20 March–18 August 2023 (end-date is approximate and flexible). Housing is available at the San Diego State University Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve in Fallbrook, California ($18/day; no pets). For more information about this position prior to opening, contact Suellen Lynn at USGS Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station, 4165 Spruance Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92101 or e-mail: suellen_lynn at usgs.gov (preferred) or fax: 619-225-6436. HOW TO APPLY: This outreach notice does not constitute an open announcement. Watch this site for a vacancy announcement to be posted on or before November 28, 2022. Individuals will need to send application documents to werchr@usgs.gov, between 8am PST 11/28/2022 and 4pm PST 12/02/2022. Please include 1) a cover letter describing interest and qualifications; 2) a resume with related experience, start and end dates (month, day, and year), and hours worked per week per position. If the number of hours worked per week varied, provide an average. Also include your complete (email, phone) and up-to-date contact information; 3) contact information for at least two references; and 4) the announcement number 79-23-01 (GG-0404-05), 79-23-02 (GG-0404-06), or 79-23-03 (GG-0404-07). For further information on how to format your resume please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/faq/application/documents/resume/what-to-include/
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and must be reliable, self-motivated, in good physical condition, able to work independently in sometimes remote locations, and able to maintain a positive attitude under beautiful but sometimes challenging field and urban conditions that can include dense vegetation, poison oak, rattlesnakes, biting insects, encounters with homeless persons, and working on military bases. Successful applicants must be willing to comply with mandatory USGS Covid 19-related safety procedures, and must be fully vaccinated, or possess an approved exemption to vaccination. Applicants must also possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate 4WD vehicles. Applicants must have working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Access, and be able to navigate in the field using a smart phone and mapping application. Experience collecting data with ESRI Survey123 and Field Maps on Android smartphones is a plus. Preference will be given to applicants holding current endangered species permits authorizing surveying and nest-monitoring of Least Bell’s Vireo and/or Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, or with field experience with these or similar species. Experience surveying for Cactus Wrens or other coastal sage scrub birds is also preferred.
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