Crew Leader – Southwestern Willow Flycatcher research-California

The Southern Sierra Research Station
Weldon, CA
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,200-2,500/month, depending on experience
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The Southern Sierra Research Station (SSRS) is looking for one seasonal full-time Willow Flycatcher crew leader in Weldon, California. The southwestern Willow Flycatcher project aims to document the occurrence of this endangered subspecies in the Kern River Valley. The crew leader will supervise field technicians and will be responsible for: 1) following field survey protocols, 2) making sure surveys and follow up are conducted accordingly and within the appropriate time frame, 3) checking entered data, 4) being able to coordinate activities of up to at least 4 people working on several projects, and 5) regularly communicating with both their crew and project supervisors. Other primary duties include conducting Willow Flycatcher surveys, target mistnetting and trapping for Brown-headed Cowbirds, songbird nest monitoring, and vegetation sampling. Data entry and proofing will also be a main job duty. The applicant is expected to work well as a team member and independently. The crew leader will also have opportunities to work on other projects including western Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys, Flammulated Owl nest box checking, and assistance on a MAPS bird banding station.
Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science or a related field • Demonstrated leadership skills • Demonstrated time and data management/organizational skills • Must be in excellent physical condition and be able to traverse through rugged terrain, wet overgrown areas, and large amounts of dead and downed wood • Mistnetting experience • Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license • Must be a U.S. citizen or possess a valid U.S. work visa • Must be available for employment from approximately 15 April 2018 through at least 20 August 2018. This time frame may be extended into September depending on funding and availability. Desirable Qualifications: • Previous experience in a supervisory/crew leader role • At least 3 seasons of field experience • Previous experience conducting threatened/endangered species surveys • Previous experience in bird monitoring and/or identification of southwestern U.S. riparian bird species Housing and work vehicles are provided and salaries are $2,200-2,500/month, according to experience. Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background and/or driving investigation. Applicants should email a single file (word or pdf) which includes 1) a cover letter stating their interest in the position and dates of availability, 2) a resume, and 3) names and contact information (email and phone) of three references to: Jenna Stanek at the following email address: Please include your name in the file name of your attachment (e.g. Darwin_C_application.doc). The Southern Sierra Research Station ( is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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