Human-Wildlife Conflict Scientist; Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA

California Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Inyo/Mono Counties, CA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$4,145.00 - $7,926.00 per Month
Last Date to Apply
Job Description and Duties Are you looking to be part of a dynamic and diverse team working to address and prevent human-wildlife conflict? The Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking a motivated individual to work as Human-Wildlife Conflict Specialist in Inyo/Mono Counties. Duties include: CONFLICT MITIGATION: Provide core support to the Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) Program in the Region; Manage, respond, and track HWC calls, reports, and incident response in coordination with regional staff; Law Enforcement Division (LED); and the Wildlife Health Laboratory (WHL). Implement best practices to mitigate conflict that emphasize effective and humane solutions consistent with code, regulations, and policy. Provide technical assistance to reporting parties, stakeholders, and local communities based on best available science. Utilize the statewide online Wildlife Incident Reporting (WIR) System as an authorized investigator; manage complex datasets; input and maintain WIR documentation to ensure data integrity and quality control. Analyze and prepare technical documents and periodic reports to ensure accurate clear reporting of HWC reporting, incident response, and depredation take. FIELD RESPONSE: Conduct site visits and/or field incident response to investigate reported conflicts, depredation, potential public safety, and investigations associated with wildfire, drought, disease, or contaminants. Coordinate incident response with regional staff, LED, WHL, and agency partners. Capture, handle, and transport wild animals in distress (e.g., orphaned, injured) using capture techniques such as chemical immobilization and live traps. Perform investigation of reported property damage (depredation), issue depredation permits consistent with code, regulations, and policy. Assist with risk assessment and field response whereby human-wildlife conflict may include potential public safety and/or require intervention (e.g., relocation, euthanasia) in coordination with other staff. OUTREACH AND EDUCATION: Conduct presentations about sensitive wildlife issues to the public, local communities, and stakeholders. Prepare and distribute educational materials at special events, public meetings, and upon request. Provide program updates to scientific staff, other agencies, and stakeholders through presentations, seminars, and publications. Represent the department by appearing before other governmental, public and private entities to communicate program activities, progress, and priorities. In order to be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the following exam: Environmental Scientist Need help understanding the hiring process? We'd love to talk to you! Please contact and include the Job Control number in the subject title. This position is 12 months Limited Term (LT) and may be extended up to 24 months or become permanent. If you currently have permanent status in your position and have passed probation, you have mandatory reinstatement rights into your former position at the end of this LT appointment. If you have not had prior permanent or probationary civil service status, you will be separated from State service. During this 12 month Limited Term assignment, you will receive full health, dental, and vision benefits! You will also earn State Service and accrue monthly leave credits. You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement. Working Conditions Must be willing to work occasional long, irregular hours, early morning, evening, and weekends as needed.
Desirable Qualifications In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate: Knowledge of the biology, behavior, and ecology of large carnivores; skill and experience in large carnivore capture and chemical immobilization certification; skill and experience in identifying predator sign and identifying cause of death in hoofstock; skill and experience in using firearms and/or paintball guns for dispersing wildlife; ability to conceptualize wildlife problems, design projects to test hypotheses, conduct field studies, compile and analyze wildlife data, interpret results, present conclusions and recommendations, communicate complex issues and ideas to diverse audiences. Statement of Qualifications Statement of qualifications must be no more than 2 pages in length, 12 point font. Please describe your education, training, and/or experience with the following: 1) Wildlife damage management. 2) Wildlife capture and chemical immobilization. 3) Public outreach, both in formal and informal settings. 4) Management and analysis of field data.
Contact Person
Daniel Gammons
Contact Phone
(760) 920-0151
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