Wildlife Biologist – Edwards Air Force Base, California

Colorado State University - Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands
Edwards Air Force Base, California
Job Category
Full time Positions
$58,000- $68,000
Last Date to Apply
Title: Wildlife Biologist - Edwards Air Force Base, California Location: Edwards Air Force Base, California Full job description: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/123349 Full Consideration Application Date: 04/10/2023 Salary Range: $58,000- $68,000 Position Summary: The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations. To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/. A Wildlife Biologist (hereafter, biologist) position (40 hours/week) is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) in California. The biologist will implement a Wildlife Rapid Response Program (WRRP) and also assist a CEMML Project Manager with coordinating a variety of flora and fauna monitoring and management activities. The WRRP consists of the management of nuisance and injured animals, removal and disposal of illegal trash dumps and debris that attract wildlife, and provides education and outreach to the EAFB community. During normal work hours, the biologist will provide a rapid response service for calls related to nuisance animals, and after hours, the biologist will be on call to respond to emergency situations. In the past, there have been 10–15 calls per year for stray and feral animals and 5–10 calls per year for veterinary or rehabilitation services. The biologist will have three plans of action when responding to nuisance wildlife calls, depending on circumstances: (1) for most wild animals, scare off the animal if it is still present and remove/dispose of potential wildlife attractants; (2) for small, stray domestic animals, small, escaped pets, or nonnative animals (e.g., dog, cat, bird, snake), trap and transport it to a nearby animal shelter, or if the animal is injured or sick, transport it to an off-base veterinarian for treatment or euthanasia; and (3) in the unlikely event that a livestock animal strays onto the base (e.g., horse, cow, goat, burro), attempt to track down its owner and arrange to have it transferred off EAFB property, or if the owner cannot be located, work with the EAFB POC to determine appropriate removal and re-location strategies on a case-by-case basis. Stray animal capture and control methods will (1) adhere to the DoD technical Guidance No. 37 Integrated Management of Stray Animals on Military Installations; (2) meet the guidelines outlined by the American Society of Mammalogists; and (3) be approved by the CSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The biologist will investigate reported illegal trash dumps, and when on duty, they will (1) drive the EAFB perimeter and interior to look for illegal trash dumps; (2) inspect the barbed wire perimeter fencing for breaches; and (3) inspect signage for no trespassing and desert tortoise presence for damage or loss. Trash that may be an attractant to wildlife will be compiled, and the biologist will arrange for it to be taken to an appropriate disposal or recycling location by a local trash collection service. In addition to trash- and animal-related duties, the biologist will conduct education with EAFB community members to express how to avoid drawing animals into the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). The biologist will develop and implement strategies for reducing negative interactions with wildlife. The successful candidate will oversee and coordinate activities like (1) reptile, amphibian, avian, and mammal studies; (2) baseline flora and fauna inventories at land holdings managed by EAFB in California and Nevada; (3) assessment of previously restored habitats; and (4) habitat restoration and maintenance activities at recreational areas at EAFB. The biologist will also assist the project manager with implementing and coordinating other flora and fauna project activities and will coordinate directly with EAFB Natural Resources staff. Project activities may include (1) developing the methodology and schedules for implementing natural resources field studies and management activities; (2) developing and managing data-collection forms and custom geodatabases that comply with the Department of Defense Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE); (3) managing and standardizing field data and their incorporation into customized geodatabases; (4) preparing and supervising field crews for implementing studies and management activities; (5) analyzing and synthesizing natural resources data and using the data to prepare technical reports;(6) developing recommendations for wildlife and habitat management; and (7) developing educational and outreach materials and coordinating public-outreach events. The biologist may assist with hiring and supervising staff to complete project requirements. This entails (1) developing the timeline for achieving project milestones, assigning tasks, and ensuring work is being completed as required; and (2) conducting quality assurance/quality control of all draft and final deliverables and delivering these to the agreement and project points of contacts. The biologist may also develop scopes of work (SOWs) to advertise and select potential collaborators/subcontractors through a competitive procurement process. Travel to properties managed by EAFB in California and Nevada may be required to conduct field work and to train/supervise employees. Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information & Resources site here, https://covid.colostate.edu/pandemic-preparedness-team-broad-guidance-for-all-summer-and-fall-2021-activities/ Employee Benefits: Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer.
Required Qualifications: • M.S. in Wildlife Biology, Ecology, or another environmental- or natural resources-related field OR a B.S. in one of those fields plus at least three years of professional experience in a natural resources-related field. • At least two years of experience trapping and handling wildlife. • At least two years of experience conducting wildlife monitoring and/or research activities. Commitment to humane handling of wildlife and educating the public to reduce human-wildlife conflict. • Experience overseeing field crews and conducting quality checks of data. • Demonstrated knowledge of myriad natural resource processes (e.g., biological, hydrological, geological, and social). • Willing to receive a vaccination for rabies or booster shot if previously vaccinated. • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
Contact Person
Jessica Horvath
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