Have fun navigating through the mountains and hills while contributing to important wildlife research in the Woolsey fire burned area!
The Woolsey fire, which occurred in the fall of 2018, was the largest fire on record in the Santa Monica Mountains. It burned more than half of the remaining natural habitat in the mountains and two-thirds of the natural habitat in the Simi Hills. It is known that large fires such as the Woolsey fire can have long lasting effects on the native wildlife communities; however the specific effects on wildlife presence and use of the burned areas are not currently well understood. The National Park Service has embarked on an ambitious wildlife camera project, using remote motion triggered cameras, to learn more about wildlife use of the burned areas and how it changes over time. We are currently looking for volunteers for starting in the fall to help run the camera project by visiting camera sites throughout the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills to move and maintain cameras.
We are looking for 3-4 volunteers to commit 20 hours a month. After training, schedules are flexible and hours can be completed over 2-4 workdays.
Work independently to deploy, retrieve, and maintain wildlife cameras
Plan the driving and hiking route (using technology and given directions) before going into the field to maximize efficiency
Hiking both on and off trail to specific locations while carrying camera equipment into and out of field sites
Locating the camera site using personal phone and/or Garmin GPS, given directions, and maps
Using a machete or other tool to clear vegetation around the camera
Setting up and initialize the remote wildlife cameras
Following specific instruction for deploying and retrieving cameras and data cards
Minimum commitment of 20 hours per month
A minimum of a 1 year commitment
High level of physical fitness with the ability to safely complete long hikes, often off trail and sometimes on steep and rugged terrain, in hot and dry conditions.
Feel comfortable hiking to remote locations alone.
Ability to use a handheld GPS unit and maps to find and navigate to a remote location (training will be available)
Ability to independently follow detailed protocols and record daily activities.
Ability to drive off-road is preferred (some training will be available, and volunteers must pass a skills test prior to driving off road independently)
NOTE: Camera equipment, Garmin GPS, SD card readers, SOS devices, etc. are provided by NPS. After successfully passing a driving test, volunteers also have access to NPS vehicles for NPS-related fieldwork and camera management purposes. Any NPS provided equipment and vehicles must be returned to NPS property at the end of each workday.
Volunteer Position Description COVID-19 Provisions
Below are standardized provisions to the volunteer position description during the COVID-19 pandemic, organized by section.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SAMO) will be implementing guidance from federal, state, and county public health offices regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. If required by state law, county law, or park operations; volunteers are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others whenever interacting with a member of the public or with other staff.
Personal Risk Assessment
Volunteers must be transparent with their supervisors about their health as it relates to COVID-19. If the volunteer is experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 like sore throat, shortness of breath, fever above 101˚F, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, or persistent headache; they must inform their supervisor. Before leaving home to participate in any approved work-related project, the volunteer will conduct a personal risk assessment by answering the questions below.
Do you have a fever?
Have you been around anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19?
Are you personally experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, the volunteer will not participate in work duties and will immediately inform their supervisor.
Required Knowledge and Skills
Volunteer must familiarize themselves with and abide by federal COVID-19 guidelines to protect volunteers, employees and visitors
Review attached Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Watch this CDC video on COVID-19: Do Your Part to Slow the Spread https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDDwXu96KnY
Keeping shared workspaces clean and disinfected can help to prevent the spread of the virus.
Review the attached CDC guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility.
Review practical steps to reduce spread of the COVID-19 virus by connecting to (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus)
CDC - Symptoms of Coronavirus and CDC Self-Checker Tool
CDC - Prevent Getting Sick
CDC - What to Do If You Are Sick
CDC - If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone
Provided by volunteer: COVID-19 safety items including cloth or medical face mask that covers nose and mouth.
Job Hazard Analysis
This position involves the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus and developing COVID-19, which can result in illness or death
If SAMO is still observing COVID-19 precautions, volunteer will perform the following:
Volunteer will sanitize their hands before and after touching shared surfaces such as gate locks, door handles, faucets
Volunteer will sanitize shared surfaces after touching
Volunteer will sanitize park equipment before using for the day and before returning equipment to the park
Volunteer will not share equipment or vehicles with anyone other than a member of the same household
Undersigned agrees as follows:
I will perform only those tasks assigned, observe all safety rules and use care in the performance of my assignments;
I acknowledge I am aware of the COVID-19 pandemic. I acknowledge that I am aware that COVID-19 is primarily spread person to person by people who are in close contact with one another, defined as within six feet, through respiratory droplets passed by infected persons (who may or may not show symptoms);
I currently do not have any COVID-19 symptoms identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and I have no known recent exposure (14 days or less) to COVID-19 and I will immediately notify appropriate Department personnel as soon as possible should I develop any symptoms or receive knowledge that I have been or may have been exposed to COVID-19;
That I understand the CDC has identified persons at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 including people 65 years and older and those with underlying medical conditions including but not limited to lung disease, heart conditions, immunocompromised, diabetes, and obesity;
That I understand there are risks and hazards associated with my participation as a volunteer
Please send a 1-page resume, a brief statement about your hiking experience, availability, and any other relevant information to firstname.lastname@example.org