The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT) Recovery Ecologist to coordinate directly with USFWS staff to advance recovery actions for Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi), a species federally listed as Threatened.
The LCT-Recovery Ecologist supports recovery actions as follows:
• Assist with the preparation of LCT habitat and population monitoring strategies and status assessment/review;
• Assist with the development of a conservation-efforts database designed to house LCT recovery-related data;
• Assist with the improvement of GIS-related data associated with LCT recovery efforts;
• Assist in the planning and implementation of restoration actions that benefit LCT and the habitats it depends on;
• Assist in the coordination of LCT recovery activities among Fish and Wildlife Service programs (i.e., Partners, Ecological Services, Fisheries, and Refuges) and drive forward habitat and population related activities in line with the updated recovery objectives;
• Assist with Reno Fish and Wildlife Office (RFWO) efforts to coordinate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders regarding LCT recovery efforts;
• Review and analyze reports, plans, agreements, and proposals to determine their effect on the distribution and abundance of LCT and other federally listed and proposed fish, wildlife, and plant species and their habitats;
• Assist in maintaining records associated with the recovery of LCT and other federally listed and proposed fish, wildlife, and plant species and their habitats;
• Assist in educational outreach materials and preparation for events focused on LCT and RFWO office priorities;
• At times, assist partners and/or conduct surveys to determine the status, life requirements, habitat availability, and restoration needs for LCT or other fish, wildlife, and plants on properties managed by Federal, State, or local agencies, or owned by private developers, partnering landowners, or non-profit organizations; and
• Attend professional meetings, symposia, and training sessions to enhance knowledge and maintain professional credibility if appropriate opportunities arise.
• Annual appointment beginning March 2021
• Full time (40 hours per week), occasionally including some overtime, weekends, or holidays
This work will be based at the FWS Office in Reno, NV (RFWO).
Compensation and Benefits:
• Wage: $20.00 per hour
• Camping Per Diem: $15.00 (as applicable)
• Health insurance coverage provided at no cost to you
• Paid vacation and holidays
• Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resource Management, Conservation, or an allied field, and applicable experience aligned with the position description; those with an advanced degree are encouraged to apply;
• Strong interactive skills and ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
• Strong organizational approaches, and ability to focus on multiple goals and objectives while managing time effectively;
• Familiarity with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mission, goals and operations; recovery efforts for special-status species; and resource features and issues associated with the northern Nevada, eastern Sierra, and Tahoe Basin ecoregion, preferred;
• Experience in database management, subjecting data to quality checks, and data compilation;
• Experience with applications of GIS mapping and related software, technologies and products;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; and
• Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFWS.