BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIANS (4 positions) needed to for a collaborative USGS/NPS project evaluating foothill yellow-legged frog restoration options in the Tuolumne and Merced river drainages in California’s Sierra Nevada. Work will consist of visual encounter and eDNA surveys for amphibians in streams, and removal of invasive species (bullfrogs). Technicians will be based in Dixon, CA and will receive travel per diem in addition to hourly wage while working in the Sierra Nevada.
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
- willingness to humanely euthanize bullfrogs
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 July 5 to mid-September for three of the positions. The fourth position will begin in early May and will also include survey work for toad species endemic to isolated spring systems in Nevada. 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.
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: hot weather, poison oak, rattlesnakes, biting insects, and unsteady footing in fast moving streams.
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 Applications with insufficient information, outdated contact information, or statements such as “references available by request” will not be considered.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 “Tuolumne-Merced” amphibian position.