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Biological Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey (GG-0404-07; Biological Science Technician) – Boulder City, NV
U.S. Geological Survey
Boulder City, NV
$22.86 - $26.55 hourly (depending on benefits), plus paid vacation and sick days.
Last Date to Apply
The U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center is recruiting a Biological Coordinator to assist in managing aspects of field research and ecological data pertaining to Mojave Desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) and their habitats. This is a temporary appointment for 180 days or a ~9 month period. The position starts January 2022, exact start date to be determined.
The project is located in Moapa Valley in Clark County, Nevada and investigates how animal displacement (i.e., translocation activities) resulting from renewable energy development may impact the ecology, physiology, health, reproduction, and disease dynamics of Mojave desert tortoise populations. The project will focus on the effects of eco-engineered renewable energy and co-existence with desert wildlife populations. The selected candidate will coordinate with solar companies, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Bureau of Land Management to develop a monitoring and translocation plan for desert tortoises in the Moapa Valley project site. The candidate will coordinate with multiple agencies to relay critical information and data for projects across the Moapa Valley. Strong communication, writing, and organization skills are required for this position.
We are seeking applicants with a positive attitude, attention to detail, strong organization skills, critical thinking skills, interest in ecological research, ability to follow data collection protocols, and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team. Proficiency with ArcGIS and data analysis in R is required.
Application Instructions: Email interest letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and contact information for references to Kristina Drake, Ally Xiong, and Mary Meyerpeter at email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please include “Biological Science Technician/Project Coordinator –Applicant” in the subject line.
Location & Technical Requirements: This position will be based in Boulder City, Nevada. Duties will primarily be conducted in an office environment (opportunities with partial remote work) and will include, but are not limited to:
-Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Ecology or in one of the major natural sciences, Applicants with a background in tortoises or reptiles preferred.
-Experience in designing and performing field work and applying methodological protocols for collecting field data.
-Experience in scientific technical writing (e.g. peer-reviewed publications, scientific reports, endangered species recovery and monitoring plans)
-Interest in and familiarity with the ecology, conservation and management of Mojave desert tortoises or similar species and their habitats.
-Interest in and familiarity with the Endangered Species Act and Endangered Species Recovery Plans and Permits.
-Experience living or working in, and/or knowledge of Mojave Desert, desirable.
-Knowledge of or experience with the Mojave Desert ecosystem including native flora and fauna and disturbance events (e.g. wildfire cycles, invasive species, etc.), desired.
-Experience in research design and implementation; research with reptiles and tortoises is preferred.
-Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience.
-Using software programs including Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel), relational databases (e.g. Filemaker Pro, SQL base software), ArcGIS, Python, and R to enter, organize, QA/QC, and analyze data.
-Experience in radio telemetry, Mojave Desert plant identification, desert tortoises (or other turtles), managing relationship databases is preferred.
Kristina Drake, Ally Xiong, and Mary Meyerpeter at firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.