The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking highly motivated applicants for one full-time biological technician as part of a program to assist in the protection of a translocated population of Guam rails, or ko’ko’ (Gallirallus owstoni), on Rota in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This position will begin mid-June 2018 with the potential to transition into a crew leader position for a population study of wild rats (Rattus spp). The actual start date is dependent upon project needs and will be agreed upon when a candidate is selected.
The predator removal position focuses on employing nighttime hunting techniques to remove introduced predators of the ko’ko’ near release sites on Rota. Additional work may include coordinating with local government offices and research entities, collection of samples from removed predators to be sent for laboratory analyses, recording field data and entering them into Microsoft Excel or Access, maintenance of field equipment, and regular communication with a remote supervisor. This position will require regular night work. We must often be self-sufficient in our operations and tasks outside of biological work may be required. A vehicle will be available for project-related activities.
The small mammal trapping lead technician position duties include mark-recapture of wild rats, organizing a crew of three (3) other technicians to accomplish trapping goals, ensuring protocol are being followed and data is being accurately collected, regularly uploading digital copies of trapping data to a remote database, and providing daily summaries of work to a remote supervisor and advising of project, staff, or scheduling needs.
Hours and Compensation:
The Technician will generally work 40 hours per week at $12/hour, with overtime paid as accrued. The successful applicant will have their airfare paid to Rota via coach fare on regularly scheduled airlines. Communal housing is provided.
Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled as submissions are received, and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant is selected.
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B.S. degree or higher in Wildlife Management or a related field is required. Applicants should be physically fit, self-motivated, organized, be comfortable working alone or with a partner, have a willingness to learn new skills and techniques, and have the ability to accurately collect data with an attention to detail. Applicants must have previous experience hunting with firearms, trapping, and data entry. The ability to adapt to a variable work schedule is very important.
Rota is a tropical island with year round temperatures in the 80s, moderate to high humidity, and annual rainfall averaging 80 inches. The resident population is small (~2,000) and the villages on island offer few amenities found in mainland cities. Applicants should be open-minded and respectful toward other cultures and ethnicities.
This position may sometimes require a flexible schedule, working both during the night and day. Employment is conditional upon insurability with IWS. Applicants must be United States citizens and possess a current passport and driver’s license. Additional information regarding IWS research is available on our website (www.iws.org).