Small Mammal Survey Technician: Nevada

Great Basin Institute
Elko, NV
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Description: The Great Basin Institute (GBI), in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), is recruiting two Small Mammal Survey Technicians to conduct small mammal trapping surveys throughout the Elko BLM District. Surveys will focus on two separate species/guilds, each with their own survey protocol/methodologies: 1) the dark kangaroo mouse (Microdipodops megacephalus) and 2) shrews (Sorex species). The Small Mammal Survey Crew will be collecting tissue from captured target species for genetic analysis, and in certain circumstances, may need to euthanize and prepare specimens for curation. The Small Mammal Survey Crew will also take data regarding habitat, site characteristics, and weather, and may occasionally be asked to assist on other data collection, such as pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) surveys, if time permits. The three-person Small Mammal Survey Crew, comprising one GBI crew lead and two GBI crew members (this position), will perform this work in coordination with the NDOW and BLM. This is principally a field-based position. The work schedule will generally be five consecutive days on (Monday-Friday), followed by two consecutive days off (Saturday-Sunday). However, there may be occasional ten-day hitches or longer field days, which will be discussed at the beginning of the season. Camping in remote sites during field tours will be required through most of the field season to minimize travel time. Office-work before and after field tours will include maintenance of equipment and supplies, data management, planning, and communication. The GBI crew members will follow the leadership of the GBI crew lead and pertinent GBI, NDOW, and BLM staff. Contract Timeline: • 18-week appointment: 15 May – 15 September 2023 (anticipated but may be able to accommodate school start/end schedules) • Full time (40 hours/week) Location: This work will be based out of the NDOW office in Elko, Nevada. The Elko BLM District encompasses 12.5 million acres and has topography typical of the Great Basin with broad valleys separated by mountain ranges. Elevations range from 4,000 to over 10,000 feet. The city of Elko (pop. 21,000) is located along the I-80 corridor and is approximately 230 miles west of Salt Lake City, UT and 290 miles east of Reno, NV. Recreation opportunities, including hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing, abound in this region. Cell phone service is poor to non-existent in many areas once the crew leaves the highway. Compensation and Benefits: • Wage: $16.00/hour • Camping Per Diem: $20.00/night • Housing: Government bunk-housing in Elko provided • Health insurance coverage • Paid holidays
• Working toward or a completed Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Natural Resource Management, or a closely related field; • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units or tablets; • Proficiency using a compass and topographic map to navigate; • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; • Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office settings; • Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of field equipment and personal gear, and withstand the rigors of a high desert environment in all seasons; • Willingness and ability to work early mornings and late evenings as needed during the field season; • Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for multiple consecutive days; • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; • Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles; and • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of NDOW and BLM. Preference for: •Experience in small mammal trapping and small mammal identification skills; •Experience collecting samples for genetic analysis; and •Experience using ArcGIS or GoogleEarth to create maps.
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