Lead Wildlife Technician: Catalina Island, California

Catalina Island Conservancy
Catalina Island, California
Job Category
Full time Positions
$500/week + Free Housing
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Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, and Salt Lake City, Utah in partnership with the Catalina Island Conservancy (CIC), is seeking 1 Wildlife Research Member to dedicate 12 months, as a part of a diverse Wildlife Research Project. Position Description: The lead wildlife technician completes necessary tasks for assigned Conservation Department wildlife projects and activities. This position will also help oversee ACE member and volunteer field work under the supervision of the Catalina Island Conservancy wildlife biologists. Duties will involve significant field work during the Catalina Island fox trapping season in the fall. The lead technician will assist fox handlers with preparing for trapping, processing foxes, and entering data. In addition, the lead technician will be responsible for ensuring ACE members and volunteers remain on task and detail-oriented during clean up, data entry, sample preparation and stocking trapping kits. Island fox handling by the technician is a possibility, but not guaranteed. In the spring, the lead technician will work on the Catalina Island shrew project that may involve remote cameras or pit-fall trapping; nighttime seabird surveys from a zodiac; radio telemetry for VHF collared foxes as well as herpetofauna coverboard surveys. Depending on timing, the lead technician may also receive training and conduct a variety of surveys including (but not limited to): island fox mortality assessments, remote cameras, avian point counts, bat acoustic surveys, and assisting the plant program with restoration projects. In addition, the technician will be trained in driving 4WD vehicles on very steep, rough roads. Using GPS units, occasional ESRI ArcGIS use and assisting with cataloging a backlog of approximately 50 years of data. Equipment maintenance and other duties will be conducted as directed by the Conservancy staff. Please see website for list of responsibilities: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/826007.html?fbclid=IwAR1wwiA8_L684gPwNj_g04imkFiKw_izdt6iFN95nfvB2DwcDfvksXBlm0c
Required -Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner -A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request). Personal vehicles are not allowed on Catalina Island. -Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks -Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation -Ability (or willingness) to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles in rough and steep terrain -Ability to and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, participating in physical labor -Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus -Ability to use common software packages (Microsoft Access, Excel, and ArcGIS) -Written and verbal English proficiency required Must live and work on Catalina Island Preferred: -Experience leading wildlife projects that require being detail-oriented and organized -Prior experience proofing data -Prior experience as field crew leader, and desire to be a part of a high functioning and cohesive team working towards a common goal -Prior experience trapping and handling Channel Island foxes. -Prior experience trapping and handling wild animals including setting traps, drawing blood, and safe handling -Knowledge and prior experience with wildlife research techniques (i.e., VHF telemetry, remote camera experience, bat acoustic data, outboard motor skills, etc.) -Wildlife identification skills for Santa Catalina Island species including birds, mammals, and invertebrates -Preference given to candidates interested in staying and working on Catalina Island long-term
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Elyse Cogburn
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