In cooperation with the Pacific Southwest Research Station, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Biological Science (Wildlife) Technician. The Technician will work independently or as part of a small team in a forest environment where terrain is often uneven, rocky, and covered with thick vegetation, and where there is exposure to extremes of weather and temperature. The Technician provides technical assistance to professional and technical research personnel by accomplishing biological support work. In addition, the Technician will work with data from GPS collars, create maps using GIS, and maintain spatial data files for field work, summaries, and other project needs. In conjunction with field and project supervisors, help maintain the organization, integrity and accuracy of project data associated with rest and den site locations, aerial and ground telemetry, and other data sources as needed. The successful applicant needs the skills and confidence to make decisions and exercise independent judgment while implementing field and office tasks. Technician duties include conducting established wildlife-related research activities on the status, behavior and distribution of fishers (Pekania pennanti) which may include: safe capture and handling of fishers and other wildlife, installing and monitoring remote camera stations, and aerial and ground radio telemetry work. Assignments may involve monitoring the presence and movement of wildlife, data management, equipment maintenance, and facilities upkeep.
o A combination of educational and/or field experiences related to wildlife and/or conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, or related field;
o Knowledge of the basic principles of wildlife biology to collect research data, maintain research databases, evaluate data for accuracy, relevancy, and importance, and relate the significance of the results to the higher objectives to which the activity is related;
o Familiarity with forest carnivore research methodology including but not limited to the use of remote cameras, scat detector dogs, radio telemetry, and live capture and handling;
o Experience maintaining and troubleshooting field devices such as hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and data collection.
o Experience with GIS and database management.
o Good verbal and written communication skills with the ability to articulate biological principles and philosophy to the public;
o A documented ability to work safely in remote, technically challenging environments
o Ability or willingness to summarize data and field experiences;
o Ability to work as part of a research team, respect the rights of other employees, identify and communicate concerns to supervisors; and
o Ability to execute a number of types of sequential, related steps or assemble and deploy several pieces of equipment.
o Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record with experience operating 4WD trucks on and off paved roads, including narrow, mountain forest roads – use of ATVs, snowmobiles, and fixed-wing aircraft is to be expected;
o Highly self-motivated and self-reliant with good organizational skills;
o First aid, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or Leave No Trace training/certification, desirable but not required
o Comfortable in remote settings including the front- and backcountry; and
o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, be physically fit and able to carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack.