SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2
WESTERN POND TURTLE TECHNICIANS
Klickitat County, Washington
Anticipated Appointment Length: 3 Months
April 26th, 2021 - July 16th, 2021
Are you quick learner who is willing to work independently and as a member of a team to further the conservation of a state endangered species in a beautiful field setting?
Do you want to work hard and have fun in a diverse team environment where there's never a dull moment?
If so, come join a great team that shares your interests!
These are opportunities to assist with the Western Pond Turtle population and disease monitoring.
With your experience, you will accurately and legibly record and organize data and other information into appropriate databases.
The optimal candidates take pride in their work, are enthusiastic and have a positive attitude even in the face of challenging field conditions.
We are seeking candidates with demonstrated skills representing WDFW values of professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, and respect.
Our Western Pond Turtle Technicians,
Use radio-telemetry and visual surveys to track and monitor Western Pond Turtles
Safely navigate by foot around Western Pond Turtle occupied ponds and nesting areas.
Excavate, mark, and monitor nests according to protocol and collect nest data.
Set up traps and participate in capture, marking, and release of Western Pond Turtles.
Follow protocols to deploy traps to capture and safely handle live Western Pond Turtles.
Use small non-motorized boats to safely navigate Western Pond Turtle occupied ponds.
Assess Western Pond Turtles for disease status and take samples for disease testing.
Bring Western Pond Turtles to veterinary hospital for Computerized Tomography (CT) scans.
Attach radio transmitters to female Western Pond Turtles.
Work Setting, including hazards:
Approximately 90% Fieldwork and 10% Office work.
Fieldwork entails walking, bending, and stooping while at times carrying over 50 pounds over difficult terrain.
Must be willing to perform aquatic surveys in small ponds/lakes during inclement weather - field sites may contain ticks, rattlesnakes and poison oak.
Must be available for non-scheduled workweek and willing to work irregular hours.
Monitoring occurs from mid-morning until sunset, seven days a week.
Weekend work will be required.
Tools and Equipment:
Safely operating motor vehicles and small boats in field situations.
Tools and equipment needed to conduct wildlife projects.
Public interest groups in field and meeting environment.
Graduation from High School or GED, including one year of high school science.
Two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.
Two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist. (College course work involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural sciences, or closely allied field will substitute, year for year, for experience, provided the course work includes at least six semester or nine quarter hours of natural science classes).
Wildlife population relationships and ecology.
Wildlife survey methods.
Scientific principles and techniques.
Personal computer hardware and software (Microsoft Office).
Use of tablets (iPad).
Species identification of reptiles.
Wildlife management tools and field techniques including experience working with non-hunted (non-game) species.
Valid Driver’s License.
Work and/or academic experience with radio-telemetry.