In cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one Waterfowl Management Senior Technician to join our Research Associate program. The National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) is dedicated to maintaining the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of fish, wildlife, and plant resources. The Senior Technician will gather scientific data to support population estimates in one of the most important waterfowl areas in Northeast Nevada by providing waterfowl trapping and banding information.
The Senior Technician will also support NWRS priorities by the mapping of invasive species occurrence and treatment of invasive species on the refuge. This allows USFWS to maintain and restore critical waterfowl habitat as well as more accurately track herbicide treatments and results so appropriate measures can be taken to control infestations in subsequent years. This work will familiarize the Senior Technician with current methods of GIS data collection and all aspects of herbicide application.
o GIS mapping of invasive species location using ArcGIS Collector;
o Chemical and mechanical treatments of invasive species;
o Waterfowl trapping and banding;
o Coordinate with Deputy Refuge Manager to organize daily work plan;
o Act as subject matter expert on field SOPs after training;
o Resolve issues in the field or contact Deputy Refuge Manager for assistance;
o Update computer databases;
o Fence repair or removal;
o Wildlife habitat enhancement;
o Trail maintenance;
o Painting; and
o Other duties as assigned
The Senior Technician will follow all safety protocols while completing their term.
o 25-week appointment (early April – late September 2021)
o Full time (40 hours/week)
Ruby Lake NWR sits at an elevation of 6000 ft and is comprised of ~ 40,000 acres of marsh, meadows, and sagebrush steppe. The refuge is very remote. It is 63 mi from Elko, which is the nearest place for groceries, restaurants and entertainment.
Compensation and Benefits:
o Wage: $15.00/hour
o Free housing provided on the refuge
o No-cost medical, dental and vision benefits provided
o Bachelor’s degree or coursework and experience in biology, ecology, or a related field;
o Field experience that included adhering to field data collections protocols and accurately collecting and recording field data;
o Knowledge of wildlife ecology and plant taxonomy including use of technical keys;
o Ability to use a GPS unit for navigation and data collection;
o Knowledge and experience with GIS;
o Experience with ArcGIS Collector (preferred)
o Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off-road, including mountain forest roads;
o Experience with invasive plant management (preferred, but not required);
o Experience with ID of waterfowl;
o Experience with bird banding (preferred, but not required); and
o Possess strong leadership and organizational skills/experience
o Ability to work productively both independently and as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
o Ability to communicate effectively with team members, GBI and agency staff, and a diverse public;
o Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of time (e.g., digging, bending over, hauling material, hiking);
o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
o Valid, state-issued driver’s license; clean driving record; and ability to safely operate a 4WD truck on paved and unpaved roads, including narrow, mountain forest roads.
o Must pass US Fish and Wildlife Service UTV/ATV training.
o Must pass US Fish and Wildlife Service background check to obtain Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card.
o Ability to pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks