USGS Amphibian Biological Science Technician in Point Reyes, CA

Agency
U.S. Geological Survey
Location
Point Reyes or Dixon, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
approximately $19.74 per hour (GG-05)
Start Date
05/10/2021
Last Date to Apply
01/29/2021
Website
https://www.usgs.gov/centers/werc/science/pt-reyes-field-station?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
Description
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (1 position) needed to assist ongoing studies of amphibians as part of a USGS research program in northern California and Nevada. Technician will be based either in Dixon or Point Reyes, CA and may participate in a variety of projects including Capture-Mark-Recapture of foothill yellow-legged frogs in Mendocino County, CMR of Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs in Yosemite NP, and visual encounter surveys of three toad species endemic to isolated spring systems in central Nevada. Technician will receive travel per diem in addition to hourly wage while traveling for work. Successful applicants will have: - experience conducting field research with amphibians - strong outdoor skills that include hiking and camping in remote areas - ability to work well with a field partner under challenging conditions - experience with maps, collecting data with smartphones, GPS, and orienteering - flexibility and willingness to travel to different locales for the work USGS will supply all research equipment (e.g., smartphone, nets, camera), camping supplies (e.g., tent, sleeping bag, stove), and a government vehicle. Housing will not be provided, but a campsite will be provided during work trips. The job will run from approximately May 10 to mid-September. For most of the season, the work schedule will be ten 8-hour days followed by four days off. On occasion, it will be necessary to work a standard five day week (Mon-Fri). Undergraduate students not graduating by May 2021 are rarely competitive for these positions.
Qualifications
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and possess a valid driver's license. They must also be reliable, self-motivated, in good physical condition, able to work independently in sometimes remote locations, and able to maintain a positive attitude under beautiful but sometimes challenging field conditions that can include dense vegetation, poison oak, rattlesnakes, biting insects, and dust storms (Nevada). To apply, send a resume or CV that provides sufficient detail to 1) evaluate your background and 2) contact key people. Include names and current phone numbers (not just email addresses) for all supervisors and at least three references. Applications with insufficient information, outdated contact information, or statements such as “references available by request” will not be considered. Also, please send your college transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable). You must note the dates worked (not just the months), and the average number of hours worked each week for every job on your resume or CV. This information is required so human resources staff can determine whether you qualify for the position. Email applications to Patrick Kleeman. Applications will be accepted through January 29, 2021. Please specify in your email that your application is for the “Point Reyes” amphibian position.
Contact Person
Patrick Kleeman
Contact eMail
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