Position Start Date: 1 APRIL 2019
Duration: 5 months with opportunity to extend
Application Deadline: 22 FEBRUARY 2019
One full-time biological technician is needed to support Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge’s biological program. Responsibilities include New England Cottontail habitat restoration, vegetation surveys, greenhouse operations and native plant propagation (50%), invasive plant monitoring and control, rare plant surveys (30%), acoustic bat and/or turtle surveys (10%), shorebird monitoring, and/or saltmarsh sparrow banding and nest searching (5%), and other duties as assigned including volunteer coordination and general maintenance/boundary posting (5%). Additionally, the technician will be responsible for training and overseeing the work of interns and volunteers. The technician will be under the direct supervision of the Refuge Biologist and will receive guidance, direction, and assistance from him/her.
This position requires a strong interest in field biology. Applicants must have the ability to identify native and invasive flora of Maine, perform manual removal of invasive plants, and survey/map habitat areas. The ideal applicant will have prior experience utilizing ArcGIS/GPS technology. Experience using Collector/AGOL or Survey 1-2-3 preferred. Prior experience propagating native plants in a greenhouse and/or bird banding (mist net extraction, banding) are advantageous. The successful applicant will also have the ability to plan and lead volunteer work days.
Applicants must be able to work in small groups and independently with minimal supervision, be attentive to details, accurately complete datasheets, and maintain regular communication with senior staff members. This position requires the employee to work flexible hours (i.e. sunrise/sunset), conduct field work in varied climatic conditions (loose sand/beaches and salt marsh; high temperatures/humidity; poison ivy; biting insects), carry moderate loads (30-50 lbs) over long distances, drive pickup trucks/trailers, and dig/lift/pull plants. Applicant may be required to work weekends and holidays. Applicant must also possess a valid driver’s license. Communal, co-ed housing may be available.
Applications will be accepted until 22 February 2019, but will be reviewed upon receipt.