Biological Data Manager, U.S. Geological Survey (GG-0404-07; Biological Science Technician) – Boulder City, NV

U.S. Geological Survey
Boulder City, NV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
 $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 Science Technician (temporary appointment for 180 days / ~9 month period, starting January/February 2022/TBD) to assist in managing aspects of field research and ecological data  pertaining to Mojave desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) and their habitats. Specifically, this individual will assist with managing large and multiple databases, writing reports, and developing and interpreting models that aid in investigating how animal displacement (i.e. translocation activities) may impact the ecology, physiology, health, reproduction, and disease dynamics in tortoise populations. This position will be based in Boulder City, Nevada and will play a key role in the daily review of field data accuracy, database design and management.  The data collected from this project will be used to better understand tortoise populations trends, movement patterns, diet, habitat suitability and use, and home range characteristics, as well as aid in the understanding of how environmental conditions influence health, physiology, incidence and transmission of disease, population connectivity, and genetic diversity.   We are seeking applicants with a positive attitude, attention to detail, 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. Experience in radio telemetry, Mojave Desert plant identification, desert tortoises (or other turtles), managing relationship databases is preferred.    Majority (90%) of the work will be regular business hours and office work, with some (10%) field work as needed. Assistance in other projects (data/field work) may be necessary. If field work assistance is necessary, schedule may be highly variable and can change with little notice depending on project needs. Field work hours may require minimal travel, over-night stays/camping, early mornings (3AM) start times, long days (>8 hrs), and a few weekends of work.    Application instructions: For each position on your resume, please include the number of hours worked per week, as well as exact start and end dates (month/day/year).   Email interests, cover letter, resumes, and the contact information for at least three references to Kristina Drake (, Ally Xiong (, and Mary Meyerpeter ( by 11:59 PM PST on Friday, January 28th, 2022. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please include the announcement number “Data Manager/Biological Science Technician” in the subject line.  
Duties will primarily be conducted in an office environment and will include, but are not limited to:  -Prepares and oversees distribution maps of rare plant and animal species, habitat disturbance, invasive plants, etc. using GIS/R/Python.   -Assists in organizing and analyzing large, mutli-year datasets using various statistical approaches and programs using GIS/R/Python.  -Responsible for field data management including database design, quality control, data formatting, and summaries.   -Must be able to perform, interpret, replicate, and explain various statistical analyses.   -Devising and implementing sampling techniques   -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  -Performing literature searches  -Participating in other research projects as needed   -Assisting with the day-to-day operations of field research (e.g. preparing supplies, vehicles and equipment maintenance)  -Depending on experience and time in position, technicians may participate in:  -Assisting in field work as needed  -Tracking and handling of tortoises  -Evaluating tortoises for clinical health status (health assessments) and body condition;  -Collecting tissue samples (e.g. blood, oral swabs, and other biological samples) and morphological measurements;   -Vegetation and environmental surveys  -Contributing to and searching for project literature, including permit reports and plans 
Contact Person
Kristina Drake (, Ally Xiong (, and Mary Meyerpeter (
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