The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking highly motivated applicants for a full-time, seasonal biologist for a pronghorn ecology and conservation project in northeastern California (Modoc and Lassen Counties). The successful applicants will be part of a team studying pronghorn ecology and predator-prey dynamics. The primary project duties include, but are not limited to: 1) modifying existing fences on public land to make them pronghorn friendly, 2) assisting in the capture and collaring of pronghorn fawns, 3) investigating mortalities of collared adult and juvenile pronghorn, and 4) placement and maintenance of camera traps for detecting pronghorn use of modified fences. The position is currently planned for 3 months.
Position Requirements: Candidates should have a B.S. or more advanced degree in Wildlife Management or a related field. Candidates must have field experience with radio telemetry, good orienteering skills, and experience with databases and spreadsheets for data entry. Experience constructing fencing and any ungulate neonate handling experience is considered a plus. Applicant should work well independently and feel confident working in remote areas. Experience operating full-sized, 4-wheel drive trucks over rocky, muddy and snowy conditions is required. Employment is conditional upon insurability with IWS, so a clean driving record is essential. This position requires considerable hiking to conduct project activities, including hauling materials and equipment to remote sites. Applicants should be sure-footed, safe, and be prepared to hike in rocky terrain in all weather conditions.
Hours and Compensation: The work schedule is 5 days on, 2 days off. Compensation is based on an hourly rate of $14.00, or approximately $2,400/month, with additional overtime pay as accrued. Position includes partially subsidized housing as part of the compensation.
Closing Date: The closing date for this announcement is 15 March 2021, however applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position may be filled if a qualified applicant is identified. Partially subsidized housing will be provided. Applicants should be available to begin work in May 2021.
Application Procedures: Submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and the names and contact information for at least three reference, as a single PDF document to: David Garcelon: IWSapplications@iws.org and put “Pronghorn Conservation Technician” in the email subject line.