Nutria Eradication Environmental Scientist Field Crew Lead: Merced County, CA

California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Los Banos, Merced County, CA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$4,145.00 - $7,926.00 per Month
Last Date to Apply
Under the supervision of the Nutria Eradication Operations Supervisor, the incumbent will serve as one of the lead field scientists for the Nutria Eradication Program. Nutria are highly invasive and extremely detrimental to the environment, but primarily nocturnal and relatively elusive in low densities. This position will play a critical role in the coordination of field crews conducting nutria surveys and trapping across the southern portion of the nutria infestation. The incumbent will assist the Operations Supervisor with training, leading, and evaluating field crew technicians and scientific aides to survey for, detect, and remove nutria, with the ultimate goal of eradicating nutria from the State of California. The incumbent will lead the team by example in conducting habitat suitability assessments, visual observation and camera surveys, trapping, and electronic data collection (i.e., ESRI Collector smartphone application), as well as effective use of baits and lures and obtaining entry permits from local landowners. The incumbent is responsible for conducting morning briefings of the assigned crew, tracking daily spatial assignments, and ensuring field staff understand understand project protocols. The incumbent will work with the Operations Supervisors, other field crew leads, and Planning Specialist to evaluate and help refine detection and trapping methods and tools for the most effective and efficient detection and removal of nutria. The incumbent will also closely coordinate with other regions and Department functions, as well as other affected and involved local, State, and Federal agencies. Work includes preparing draft reports and correspondence and answering routine questions from the public relative to Departmental nutria efforts. The primary geographical focus of this position will be in Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Mariposa counties, but work may be assigned in any part of the area of nutria infestation. This position is physically demanding, but highly rewarding given the ultimate accomplishment of protecting California's wetlands, waterways, infrastructure, and agriculture from the devastation nutria have caused in other regions of North America.
In order to be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the following exam: Environmental Scientist You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement. Working Conditions: -Must be willing to work atypical hours and on weekends. -Must wear a Department uniform. -Some overnight travel will be required. -Must be able to swim, walk through deep mud and thick vegetation, deal with mosquitoes, ticks, and other stinging/biting insects, rattlesnakes and other wildlife, and work on steep or uneven terrain, in extreme weather, and under physically challenging conditions. Special Requirements: -Must be willing and able to competently use pellet pistols or firearms as per the Department’s Policy for Non-Enforcement Personnel. -Must be willing and able to competently use and possess wildlife restraint drugs and equipment. -Must be willing to handle live animals and carcasses, dispatch animals, and conduct simple tissue sampling and necropsies. -Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds. -Must possess valid Driver's License and be able to safely and effectively operate watercraft and UTVs, as well as tow trailers. -Must be willing and able to obtain a California Boater Card and other motorboat operator certifications as determined necessary. How To Apply: Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below: Address for Mailing Application Packages You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to: Department of Fish and Wildlife Attn: Human Resources Branch P.O. Box 944209 Sacramento, CA 94244 The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job: -Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position. -Resume is required and must be included. -School Transcripts -Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Please see link for SOQ instructions. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.
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