The Region 5 Carnivore Monitoring Program has been monitoring fisher and marten populations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains annually since 2002. The fisher population was recently listed as endangered with the USFWS, and assessing their population and its response to recent tree mortality is a U.S. Forest Service priority. Broad-scale monitoring will help identify how tree mortality and subsequent extreme fires are influencing fisher occupancy, density, habitat use, diet and connectivity across the southern Sierras. This information can be used to better understand how fishers are adapting to this changed landscape and guide management to promote continued population persistence while also addressing the need to reduce fuel loads to prevent catastrophic wildfires.
Crew Supervisors are mainly responsible for overall logistics of the field work for the crew, including:
Pre-scouting monitoring locations;
Preparing crew schedules and work assignments;
Providing training and guidance for both senior technicians and crew members;
Tracking inventory of field supplies and equipment, as well as vehicles and needed vehicle repairs/maintenance; and
Communicating problems or concerns to the Carnivore Monitoring Field Coordinator and Program Leader.
They will also conduct field work to assist crew members in accomplishing sampling targets. Crew supervisors will be responsible for overseeing data quality and organization for the project, and ensuring consistency and accuracy in data management across the crew. They may also help summarize data for analysis and reports. Lastly, they will coordinate with U.S. Forest Service staff to organize, provide training, and execute district or forest level carnivore surveys as needed.
These physically demanding duties, primarily in remote locations, will provide crew members with rewarding exposure to California’s backcountry. These positions require extensive off-trail hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (3,000-10,000 ft.) on a daily basis. This position requires a high level of physical fitness (capable of hiking 3-10 miles off-trail/day) and ability to cope with strenuous field conditions that include hot temperatures, steep terrain, dense vegetation, poison oak, inclement weather, snow, and insects, all while maintaining a positive attitude and high degree of situational awareness.
Overnight camping will be required throughout much of the field season as many survey locations are long distances from the crew office/housing. The field crew will receive field per diem for these overnight travel days.
Early-May to mid-November 2023. The timing of these positions is tentative and may be impacted by weather. Start and end dates may vary according to local conditions.
Sierra and Sequoia National Forests: The field crew will be based near the Sierra National Forest, likely in the towns of Shaver Lake or Oakhurst, CA. The majority of the work will be on the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. Housing stipend is provided. There is potential to be temporarily stationed at alternative locations for 2-4 weeks at a time to be closer to field sites.
Sierra and Sequoia National Forests: Covers over seven million acres (29,000 km2) on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains between 2000 and 9500 ft in elevation. The biotic zones include foothill woodland (interior live oak), lower montane (Ponderosa pine), upper montane (lodgepole pine/red fir), subalpine (whitebark pine), and alpine.
Compensation and Benefits:
Wage: $20/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate.
Camping Per Diem: $15/night as necessary.
Uniform stipend: $200/person.
Health Insurance: The Great Basin Institute will cover 100% of the premium for Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for each member.
Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife, Ecology, Biology, Natural Resources or related subject with wildlife courses that demonstrate understanding of the principles of wildlife biology;
Familiarity with, and interest in, resource management issues of western states and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion;
Previous experience with a variety of wildlife-related fieldwork;
Leadership experience in a remote field setting preferred;
Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
Experience collecting and maintaining field data in an organized manner, and effectively revising and relaying related protocols to other resources staff;
Ability to operate 4WD vehicles on rocky, loose, hilly and narrow forest roads, and provide safe and effective instruction on the use of 4WD vehicle to others;
Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps and compass, and train others in their use;
Experience navigating and collecting spatial data with hand-held GPS units, and train others in their use;
Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting, and enforce USFS and GBI housing standards;
Physically fit to serve outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a densely forested and/or high desert environment in all seasons; should be comfortable passing a USFS pack test (hiking 3 miles in 45 minutes with a 45-pound pack). Expected to consistently hike between elevations of 4,000-8,000 ft, with some locations as high as 10,000 ft;
Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for several consecutive days;
Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFS.
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