The USGS is seeking Duck Research Technicians at the GS-5 level for studies on upland nesting dabbling ducks (mainly mallard and gadwall) in Suisun Marsh, California from approximately April 1 to July 1, 2019 with possibility of extension. Exact start and end dates are negotiable and will be dependent on funding and successful completion of work.
Duties will involve nest searching, nest monitoring, evaluating nest success, duck capture and banding, radio-transmitter attachment, handling and measuring ducklings, predator surveys, vegetation surveys, and collecting other ecological data as directed by supervisor.
Applicants with experience in nest monitoring, egg candling or floating, duck identification, capturing and handling ducks, VHF-telemetry, and a strong interest in waterfowl and/or wetland habitats are preferred. Nest monitoring involves extensive use of all-terrain vehicles, and candidates should be comfortable operating ATVs and 4WD vehicles. Incumbents will be expected to enter data into spreadsheets, compile and organize field data, as well as prepare tabular data, graphs, charts, and reports under the direction of the supervisor. All positions will require incumbent to work independently and as a team member to execute field research.
We are seeking enthusiastic, organized, and versatile people with strong science and work ethics and a desire to gain experience with ducks. Positions are not advisable for those suffering from grass allergies. Must be willing to work some long hours, including early morning, evening, or nighttime hours and some weekends as needed. Housing is not provided. Incumbent will work at the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in the Suisun Marsh near Fairfield and Suisun City, California.
If interested send cover letter, resume, and contact information of 3 references VIA EMAIL to: Dr. Alex Hartman (email@example.com) ASAP. Write “Duck Research Technician” in the subject line. THIS IS A PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT ONLY; PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE REQUIRED APPLICATION PROCESS.
The USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.