Wildlife Innovations is seeking highly skilled and motivated applicants for a full-time Wildlife Biologist position to assist in a predator control program for the protection of the Light-footed Ridgway’s Rail and Western Snowy Plover in Southern California (located between Encinitas and San Diego). This position is for a duration of at least 6 months beginning in 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.
Projects will focus on monitoring and management of avian and mammalian predators of rails and plovers. Biologists will conduct visual and digital predator surveillance of nesting areas and surrounding habitat, post-predation site investigations, and trapping of predators established as a high predatory threat to rails. Evidence collected will be used to identify species of predators responsible for depredations and inform management efforts. Depending on the location, a variety of techniques may be employed to minimize predation of listed species during the breeding season, including hazing or deterrence, exclusion, trapping, translocation, and/or hunting.
The duties to be performed within the position will include, but may not be limited to:
1) mammalian and avian predator surveys by sight, sign, and remote sensing equipment; 2) investigating predation sites; 3) mammal trapping; 4) removal of high threat predators via firearms; 5) construction and maintenance of predator traps; 6) data entry; 7) trail camera placement and maintenance; 8) reviewing camera footage to identify predator diversity, abundance, and behavior; 9) proposal and/or report writing; 10) data analysis; and 11) other tasks as assigned.
This position may require some weekend and night work. Housing will be the responsibility of the applicant.
Hours and Compensation: Work schedule will generally be 160 hours per month; however, hours and days worked will be dictated by predator behavior and, therefore, may sometimes require long days and weekend or night work. Compensation will be based on an hourly rate of $18–30 DOE.
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 your application packet clearly demonstrates your experience regarding the minimum qualifications required by the position). Phone inquiries are not accepted, so please email with any questions. Email documents, with subject line Rail and Plover Predator Management Position, to:
B. S. degree or higher in Wildlife Management (or a closely related field) is required, and a minimum of two years of professional experience is desired. Applicants should be physically fit, enthusiastic in learning new skills and techniques, organized, proactive, comfortable working alone or within a small team, and have the ability to diligently conduct surveys, and accurately record detailed field observational data. Applicants should have a strong background in trapping, hunting, the safe use of firearms, and data entry using common computer programs (i.e. MS Office Suite). The ability to adapt to a variable work schedule is very important. These positions may require 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 who have had experience in project management, data analysis, and technical writing. Additionally, preference will be given to those with a background in animal tracking, predation investigation, the capture/handling/banding of raptors and/or corvids, ArcGIS, and nest searching. Additional preference will be given to those who possess a vehicle that could be used for conducting work on the project.
Employment is conditional upon insurability with Wildlife Innovations. Applicants will be asked to provide information to verify their identity and driving records and will be required to obtain a California Driver’s License in order to operate company vehicles. In addition, successful applicants may be required to pass a background check, as biologists may be required to use firearms and/or conduct some project work on military installations.
Due to locations of project work sites and required licenses, applicants must be citizens of the United States.