Wildlife Innovations is seeking highly skilled and motivated applicants for a full-time Wildlife Biologist position, to assist in the management of raptors for the protection of California Least Terns and Western Snowy Plovers within Southern California. This position is for a duration of at least 6 months beginning in mid-March; however, promotion to permanent status may be possible, pending funding availability and employee performance.
The actual dates of employment will be identified when a candidate is selected.
This project will focus on monitoring of avian predators, including raptors, corvids, and gulls, to inform management for the protection of federally listed avian species. Biologists will conduct visual and digital predator surveillance (daytime and nighttime) of tern and plover nesting areas and surrounding habitat to determine predator diversity, abundance, and behavior. They will also conduct post-predation site investigations and use evidence collected to identify species of predators responsible for depredations and inform management efforts. A variety of techniques may be employed to minimize predation on listed species during the breeding season, including hazing or deterrence, exclusionary devices, trapping, translocation, and targeted removal via firearms (corvids and gulls). Although project work sometimes requires both lethal and nonlethal management techniques, Wildlife Innovations emphasizes the design and implementation of innovative strategies for nonlethal management of native predators when possible, benefitting the long-term health of threatened and endangered species populations and local predator populations.
Duties to be performed by the biologist will include:
1) avian predator surveys by sight, sign, and remote sensing equipment; 2) nest searching and mapping; 3) investigating predation sites; 4) detailed electronic data collection and entry; 5) raptor trapping, banding, and translocation; 6) coordination with all field staff and Wildlife Innovations senior biologists; 7) egg addling or oiling; 8) assistance with management of corvids and gulls; 9) preparation of technical reports; and 10) other tasks as assigned.
This position will require some weekend, nighttime, and holiday work. Housing will be the responsibility of the applicant. A company vehicle may be provided, but preference will go to applicants who possess a personal 4WD vehicle and are willing to use it for project-related work.
Hours and Compensation: Work schedule will include a minimum of 160 hours per month; however, hours and days worked will be dictated by predator behavior and, therefore, will sometimes require long days and weekend, night work, or work on holidays. Compensation is based on an hourly rate of $18–35 DOE. Additionally, mileage reimbursement will be given to those who use their personal 4WD for project-related work.
Closing Date: This position will remain open until qualified applicants are identified.
Application Procedure: Submit a single PDF or MS Word document containing a cover letter, your current resume, and contact information for at least 3 references (make sure that your application package clearly demonstrates your experience regarding the minimum qualifications described within this announcement). Phone inquiries are not accepted, so please email with any questions. Email documents, with subject line Avian Predator Biologist Position, to:
B.S. degree or higher in Wildlife Management (or a closely related field) and at least two years conducting raptor surveillance and/or handling is required. Applicants should be physically fit, enthusiastic towards learning new skills and techniques, organized, proactive, comfortable working alone or within a small team, and have the ability to diligently conduct and accurately record detailed observational data in the field. Applicants should have previous experience NEST SEARCHING, SURVEYING, and TRAPPING RAPTORS (using a variety of trapping techniques), accurately identifying raptors (by species, sex, and age), entering data using common computer programs (i.e. MS Office Suite), and the operation of 4x4 trucks (DO NOT APPLY for this position without a demonstrated strong background and understanding of the desired experience, as you WILL NOT be considered). Experience using firearms is also strongly desired. The ability to adapt to a variable work schedule is very important. This position will require some long days in the field and a flexible schedule, so a positive attitude, patience, and strong safety consciousness are essential.
Preference will be given to those with experience in project management and have a background in raptor, corvid, and other avian predator management; also, special preference will be given to those with substantial experience handling and banding raptors. Additional preference will be given to applicants who own and are willing to use their personal 4WD vehicles for project-related work.
Employment is conditional upon insurability with Wildlife Innovations. Applicants will be asked to provide information to verify their identity and driving records and be required to obtain a California Driver’s License in order to operate company vehicles. In addition, successful applicants will be required to pass a background check, as some project work may be conducted on military installations.
Due to locations of project work sites and required licenses, applicants must be citizens of the United States