Predator/Prey Research Technician (GG-0404-05) – Nevada

U.S. Geological Survey
Henderson, Nevada
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$16.46 hourly, plus paid vacation and sick days
Last Date to Apply
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Henderson, NV field station is recruiting field technicians to assist with research projects investigating black-tailed jackrabbit and coyote predator-prey interactions and ecology in southern Nevada. Most duties will be fieldwork-based and will primarily include, but are not limited to: • Using radio telemetry to monitor coyote and jackrabbit movement and behavior. • Assisting with the capture, marking and fitting of GPS/VHF collars for jackrabbits and coyotes. • Retrieving, downloading, and troubleshooting radio/GPS transmitters and data loggers. • Collecting tissue samples (e.g. blood, DNA, parasites) and morphological measurements. • Maintaining a network of camera traps, and sorting camera trap photos/video. • Assisting in nocturnal spotlight line distance and other surveys for jackrabbits. • Performing vegetation surveys to characterize habitats. • Assisting with the management and maintenance of large datasets. • Using Excel, relational databases, ArcMap, and R to enter, organize, QA/QC, and analyze data • Assisting with the day-to-day operations of field research (e.g. preparing supplies, vehicle and equipment maintenance). • Participating in other research projects as assigned. The data that are collected will be used to better understand jackrabbit and coyote demographics, home range and habit use patterns, health status and mortality rates, abundance, distribution, and interactions with other predator and prey species. Schedules are highly variable, can change with little notice, and will require early morning or late evening start times, long days, and a few weekends of work. This temporary position is scheduled to begin in mid-October 2019 and extend for up to 180 working days (approximately 9 months). Extensions may be possible, contingent upon performance and funding availability.
We are seeking applicants in great physical condition and capable of hiking long distances over rugged desert terrain in 110°F+ temperatures while carrying a 30-lb pack. Significant amounts of night work are required, including jackrabbit surveys, and capture activities for both jackrabbits and coyotes. The applicant must have or be willing to obtain a current rabies vaccine. A positive attitude, flexibility, attention to detail, interest in ecological research, ability to strictly follow data collection protocols, and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team are also requirements. Experience with mesocarnivore and canid capture and handling, radio telemetry, Mojave Desert plant identification, ArcGIS, and data analysis in R is preferred. Qualifications: 3 years of college with courses related to biological sciences (equivalent to 90 semester/135 quarter hours) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience; or 9 months of field experience; or 3 years of sub-professional experience. A valid U.S. driver’s license and a pre-employment physical are required. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Application instructions: For each position on your resume, please be sure to include the number of hours worked per week, as well as exact start and end dates (month/day/year). E-mail resumes and the contact information for at least three references to by 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If claiming 5 point veterans preference, a DD-214 showing character of discharge is required. If claiming 10 point veterans preference, a SF-15 with proof of claim is required.
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