Conservation Biologist – Los Angeles CA

Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles CA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$25-35/hr DOE
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Last Date to Apply
Excellent opportunity to work with a dynamic natural resources organization and create your own projects! This is a fantastic job for trained biologists who also like to teach. The RCDSMM is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, self-motivated biologist to assist with field research and restoration work while generating and leading new projects to study and enhance the habitat and natural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains. We offer a proven record of successful grant applications and project support, mentoring by a well-recognized researcher, flexible schedule, and a great work environment. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: • Assist with on-going fisheries field surveys including seining, snorkel, and spawner surveys, SWAMP protocol stream surveys, amphibian and reptile surveys, nesting bird surveys, and vegetation surveys. • Maintain and calibrate field equipment including temperature loggers, data sondes, cameras and water quality testing probes. Upload and manage data QA/QC and analysis. • Supervise and manage BMI research effort including sample collection, identification and analysis. • Create, design, identify funding for and manage research and restoration projects that enhance the natural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains. • Develop grant and contract projects. • Coordinate with the National Park Service, State Parks or other resource agencies when necessary. • Prepare graphs, tables and data summaries needed for project reports and scientific papers. This will include statistical analysis. • Supervise and manage field crews. • Oversee data input and management, monthly and final grant report preparation. • Implement QA/QC protocols. • Create maps with Google Earth Pro, TOPO, and/or ArcGIS. • Coordinate and supervise on-going environmental education projects including AP science-based service learning field programs and other RCD field based education programs. • Coordinate and supervise a variety of citizen science projects (iNaturalist projects such as Fish of the LA River, Detection Detectives, Bad Beetles, Seeking Seedlings, etc.), and outreach/volunteer events (typically 2 Saturdays a month). • Represent the RCDSMM at public meetings and events, including some evenings and weekends.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: • Education: Minimum of BS in science or related field, Masters Preferred • Minimum of 3 years experience in field-based research/monitoring. Provide verifiable documentation of those activities (such as PIT tagging, trapping, electrofishing, scale analysis, necropsies, etc.). • Possess (or be close to qualifying) for USFWS Section 10(a)(1) (A) Recovery permit for Tidewater goby, CDFW Scientific Collecting Permit and provide documentation of eligibility for NMFS Section 10(a)(1) (A) southern steelhead trout Recovery Permit. • Current electrofishing certification preferred. • Experience with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and/or National Marine Fisheries Service field protocols. • Experience with GPS and GIS tools. • Experience with SWAMP Protocol surveys. • Experience with plant identification and monitoring in the Santa Monica Mountains. • Knowledge of the Santa Monica Mountains ecology and environment. • Good working knowledge of local, state and federal laws (County General Plans, CEQA, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act) dealing with the protection of natural resources and sensitive species. • Expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Power Point programs. • Excellent technical writing and communication skills. • Experience snorkeling and diving. • Comfortable hiking on slippery and uneven terrain. • Enjoy working in the rain through the night. • Ability to organize time and resources efficiently. • Attention to details and relentless drive to meet deadlines. • Ability to supervise staff, volunteers, and interns. • Ability to take initiative and solve problems in the field. • Physical fitness for field work. • Current CPR, First Aid and/or Wilderness First Responder certification. • Flexible to work on an as-needed basis in addition to scheduled projects. • Sense of Humor!
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