The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking highly motivated applicants for a full-time Predator Biologist position working at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego, California. This project leader position will focus on protection of nesting endangered avian species through lethal and non-lethal control of native and introduced nest predators.
Duties will include, but are not limited to 1) trapping and lethal control of avian and mammalian nest predators, 2) developing and testing of non-lethal deterrent systems for protection of nesting birds, 3) analysis of tracks and other sign to determine species responsible for nest predations, 4) monitoring of trail cameras to determine predator activities, 5) working closely with Navy biologists, Navy security staff, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other contractors to coordinate activities on the installations, 6) data entry, data analysis, and use of GIS, 7) writing of monthly reports and an annual report on project accomplishments, and 8) presentation of results at local and national professional meetings. This position may require some night work from April – July.
All work will be conducted on U.S. Naval installations. Safety is of utmost importance to the Navy and IWS.
Candidates should have a B.S. or more advanced degree in Wildlife Management or a related field. Candidates must have hunting experience and extensive experience in the safe use of firearms. Experience trapping and handling birds (especially corvids) and mammals is desired. Due to military regulations, applicants must be citizens of the United States or be covered under TN NAFTA work visas and possess (or be willing to acquire before the position starts) a valid, U.S. driver’s license.
Experience in the use and organization of spreadsheets and databases for managing data is important. Well developed social skills are vital in being able to interact with a variety of government and non-government personnel involved in the program. Good writing skills are a plus. Employment is conditional upon insurability with IWS, so a clean driving record is essential. The successful applicant must also undergo and pass a background check by the Navy in order to receive the necessary Department of Defense base access badge. The position may require considerable hiking to conduct management activities, including hauling materials and equipment to remote sites. The successful applicant will need to maintain a professional attitude at all times while working with other Institute staff, Navy personnel and members of other organizations who may have varying missions, opinions, and personalities.
Application Procedures: Submit a current resume and a cover letter highlighting any predator management experience, weapons/hunting experience, and project management experience. Provide the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of at least three (3) professional references. Please submit your application electronically as a single file to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours and Compensation: The work schedule is 5 days on 2 days off. Beginning wage will be $20.15/hr. which is equivalent to approximately $3500/month. Benefits include full medical, two weeks annual paid vacation, paid holidays and sick days, and the ability to contribute to a 403b retirement plan. A project vehicle is provided to accomplish work-related tasks.