U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO), Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), and Idaho State University (ISU), is seeking to fill one position for a Crew Leader to conduct avian biological surveys primarily targeted at greater sage-grouse at one of multiple study sites across Nevada. Primary duties may include sage-grouse capture and handling, lek counts, radio-telemetry, nest and brood monitoring, habitat sampling, avian predator surveys, data entry and management, and other biological surveys as needed. Work hours will be irregular and include nights, early mornings, and weekends. The Great Basin landscape is beautiful but rugged and challenging to work in. Temperature extremes can range from well below freezing to above 100 degrees F, and inclement weather is always a possibility.
These temporary, full-time appointments will last from the end of February until August, with the potential for extended employment depending on funding and performance. Primitive field housing will be provided, and successful applicants will be required to stay on site during work periods.
Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references in a single PDF document saved with applicant’s last name in the title to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in your cover letter which position you would like to be considered for: Crew Lead. Cover letters and correspondence may be addressed to Nicole St. John and Rebecca Kelble. Please include “Greater Sage-grouse Crew Lead Position” in the subject line.
Positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified, and interested applicants should submit applications as soon as possible.
B.S. degree in a natural resource field preferred. U.S. citizen with valid driver’s license required. Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike long distances over rough terrain often in inclement weather (snow, rain, hail, high winds). The ability to take direction and work independently, a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, a desire to gain experience while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude, and good communication skills with field supervisor and teammates are essential. Prior experience driving ATVs/4x4 vehicles over rough terrain is also preferred.
We are seeking individuals with extensive experience working on wildlife-related field research projects, previous experience with animal capture and handling and radio-telemetry, and strong interpersonal communication skills. Prior supervisory experience, or demonstrated potential for supervising field crews, is preferred.