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Wildlife-Aquatics Crew Lead- Various- (Region 5) – California
Great Basin Institute and USFS
Tahoe National Forest- Truckee, CA and Stanislaus National Forest- Hathaway Pines, CA
Wage: $20/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate Camping Per Diem: $15/night as necessary Health Insurance: The Great Basin Institute will cover 100% of the premium for Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for each Crew Lead effective on the first day of the month following the start of their employment.
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS, is recruiting Wildlife Crew Leads to perform and help manage wildlife and habitat surveys within the Sierra Nevada mountain range (USFS Region-5 locations). Specifically, Crew Leads will assist agency personnel and crew members with applied management objectives for sensitive, threatened and endangered species such as Northern goshawk, Spotted-owl, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and fisher. Work will focus on monitoring populations and surveying habitats used by these species to 1) support population data on specific species; and 2) ensure adequate protections are in place for areas undergoing vegetation management and restoration projects. This work provides professional development and leadership opportunities including increased exposure and responsibility enacting USFS processes, procedures, and compliance measures; assisting in reporting and data entry/quality assurance and control; and increased technical experience. Expanded opportunities and exposure to additional disciplines (e.g. archaeology, forestry, hydrology, etc.) and projects may exist. These positions support legally mandated compliance measures and obligations; some projects will help serve USFS vegetation management and fuels reduction efforts, supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources.
Wildlife Crew Leads will perform a wide variety of activities to support all stages of project work. Leads will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, including coordination of daily tasks and affiliated project and crew needs, provide or assist in training, converse daily/weekly with agency staff to plan and assess crew accomplishments, and converse with GBI staff as needed. Crew size will range between 2-4 people. Duties may include broadcast acoustical surveys for Northern goshawks, nocturnal surveys for Spotted-owls, nesting and reproductive status monitoring, and survey and identification of aquatic species. Crew Leads will provide technical advice and leadership for wildlife management programs. This includes gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine wildlife habitat requirements and management needs, assessing habitat quality and quantity, interpreting biological requirements for focal wildlife species and their habitat and inventorying and monitoring habitat populations.
This physically demanding work, often in remote locations, will provide Forestry Technicians with rewarding exposure to some of California’s backcountry forested landscapes. These positions require extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (5,000-9,000 ft.) with heavy packs on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as heat, smoke, high winds, snow or rain. Work schedules, generally 5 -8-hour days with 2-days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. Wildlife crews may be required to work early mornings or nights to conduct surveys. Camping near a work site for several days may be required to meet project objectives.
Locations and Project Descriptions: (NOTE- these are anticipated projects; projects are subject to change as needed)
Tahoe National Forest:
Crews working on the Truckee and Sierraville Ranger Districts will assist USFS District Wildlife and Aquatics Biologists in preparations for the proposed vegetation management area known as Five Creeks, located west of HWY 89 between Olympic Valley and Donner Lake. Project objectives include:
Inventory (associated to past, present, and future management projects) all Endangered, Threatened, and Sensitive (TES) wildlife species and populations using standardized protocols. TES include northern goshawks, California spotted owls, willow flycatchers, bald eagles, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, and Lahontan cutthroat trout.
Assess the current extent, health, and quality of local habitats in which TES species exist.
Monitor existing nesting, hunting, and foraging territories for all TES species to quantify the effects of past project activities on current habitat conditions, as well as to inform present and future decision making in order to mitigate against possible negative impacts to TES species during planned, present, and or proposed future project related activities.
Stanislaus National Forest:
Crews working on the Calaveras Ranger District will be assisting USFS staff for the preparation and implementation of forest resilience treatments in the general area of Prather Meadows, Big Rattlesnake Creek, and Little Rattlesnake Creek. The project is located within Tuolumne County, California, northeast of Arnold and south of Cabbage Patch, on the south side of the North Fork Stanislaus River. The project spans over 7,000 acres and will work to protect wildland urban interface zones (WUI), California spotted owl and northern goshawk and their affiliated nesting and foraging habitat. The crew will conduct second year raptor surveys for the Prather Medusa Forest Resilience Project. Other assignments may include conducting first year surveys for outyear project areas and species occupancy surveys for active projects. Inventory, assessment and monitoring efforts conducted by the crew will support project objectives to reduce fire risk by reducing fuel loadings and improve forest health by taking actions to move the various condition categories from existing conditions to desired conditions consistent with the Stanislaus National Forest- Forest Plan.
Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife, Ecology, Biology, Natural Resources or related subject with wildlife courses that demonstrate understanding of the principles of wildlife biology;
Previous Wildlife Crew and preferably Crew Lead experience or experience working with USFS;
Familiarity with, and interest in, resource management issues of western states and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion;
Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; ability to communicate with supervisors and other resources staff in a professional and timely manner;
Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols;
Experience collecting, maintaining and performing quality assurance and quality control measures on field data collected;
Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps;
Experience navigating and collecting spatial data with hand-held GPS units;
Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting;
Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a forested and/or high desert environment in all seasons;
Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for several consecutive days;
Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; 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 the USFS