Seeking a motivated individual ready to apply field experience and education in wildlife management to the unique challenges of monitoring impacts of drought and maintaining water sources in the deserts and mountains of southern California. The incumbent will work alongside a diverse team of wildlife professionals responsible for management and research into the demography of bighorn sheep throughout the Mojave desert, southern California and, Sierra Nevada. This position will work primarily in the Mojave desert, where fieldwork in temperatures from 0-120 F is required.
The incumbent also will assist colleagues studying bighorn sheep and mule deer in the Mojave Desert, and mountains of southern California and will have an opportunity to contribute to regional efforts to maintain wildlife connectivity, mitigate impacts of drought and wildfire, and address new conservation challenges as they arise. The incumbent will also provide expertise and comments in support of CDFW environmental review and assessment, primarily with respect to water developments, including those in designated Wilderness.
This is a limited term position for 12 months and may be extended to 24 months but may
NOTE - To be eligible for hire, applicant must obtain 'list eligibility, prior to October 15, by completing Cal HR examination and scoring among the top three ranks for the classification of Environmental Scientist: https://www.jobs.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/9PB01.PDF
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Demonstrated experience safely working/recreating in the extreme temperatures of southern deserts. Experience with camera-traps, construction, monitoring, and maintenance of wildlife water developments.
Knowledge of: Basic principles of land, water, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources research; principles of ecology; soil and irrigation sciences, resource management, hydrology, geology, and waste prevention; statistical methods; land-use practices with reference to their general effect on human health, natural resources, and the environment; effects of hazardous and non-hazardous waste material and their interactions on the environment; chemical reactions; California and Federal environmental laws, rules, regulations, and requirements, hydrology, geology, and principles of risk assessment and risk management; concepts employed in a variety of disciplines including environmental planning, economics, and resource management; geolocation and geo-referencing software applications.
Ability to: Apply or modify scientific methods and principles; collect environmental data; analyze and evaluate data and reach sound conclusions; review, check, and interpret scientific and environmental reports; analyze situations and take appropriate actions; establish and maintain cooperative relations with all persons contacted; communicate effectively; prepare clear, complete, and technically accurate reports; apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, and requirements of California and Federal environmental protection and resource management programs; assess the impact of proposed State and Federal environmental legislation and regulations; understand principles of risk assessment and risk management; work with professionals from a variety of disciplines within and outside of State government; and review and understand technical research reports on emerging public health and environmental issues.
Experience in wildlife management, research, planning, or consultation in environmental programs, demonstrated wildlife management skills including human wildlife conflict, and knowledge of broad principles of wildlife biology, hydrology, geology and habitat conservation. Advanced degree preferred.
Special Personal Characteristics: Demonstrated ability to act independently, open-mindedness, flexibility, and tact.
Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work effectively with others when needed and to work independently when required.
WORKING CONDITIONS: May have to work long days, weekends, and some holidays in variable temperature gradients, ranging from 0 degrees Fahrenheit during winter months to 120 degrees Fahrenheit during summer months. Hike in mountainous and desert terrain, backpack and camp
Jeff Villepique, Ph.D., Senior Wildlife Biologist, Supervisor