BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (1 position) needed for a study of Tidestrom’s lupine seed predation by deer mice at Point Reyes National Seashore. The primary objective of the project is to determine deer mice density and abundance in relation to habitat characteristics surrounding federally endangered Tidestrom’s lupine with capture-mark-recapture methods. A pilot project may also evaluate the effectiveness of reducing mouse densities through lethal trapping. The successful applicant must be comfortable working independently, be willing to work mornings and evenings to check and set traps, be comfortable manually removing live animals from traps, marking them, and potentially euthanizing them (as part of the pilot project).
Duties include but are not limited to: (1) establishing small mammal trapping grids, using GPS, compass, and measuring tape (2) baiting traps (3) handling and marking small mammals with ear tags (4) deploying motion-triggered cameras to document other seed predators (5) entering data into a Survey123 database on an iPhone (6) and cleaning traps.
Preferred applicants will have:
- experience conducting field research with small mammals, especially experience ear tagging
- experience with maps and orienteering, collecting data with iphones, and excellent attention to detail
- a good attitude and no fear of cattle (must access field sites through grazed lands)!
The job will run from approximately 1 May to 15 July 2021. The work schedule will be Monday-Friday each week. Applicants not available by May 1 need not apply.
Applicants with experience or interest in amphibians may be able to extend this position into September if they are interested in working with amphibians in the Sierra Nevada foothills after the lupine project finishes for the season.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and possess a valid driver's license. To apply, send a resume or CV that provides enough detail to 1) evaluate your background and 2) contact key people. Include names and current phone numbers (not just email addresses) for all supervisors and at least three references. Applications with insufficient information, outdated contact information, or statements such as “references available by request” will not be considered. Also, please send your college transcripts (unofficial copy is sufficient).
You must note the dates worked (not just the months), and the average number of hours worked each week for every job on your resume or CV. This is information is required so human resources staff can determine whether you qualify for the position.
Email applications to Patrick Kleeman: . Applications will be accepted through January 26, 2026.