Wildlife Biologist-Washington

Yakima Training Center, Yakima, WA
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Stell is a rapidly-growing, fast-paced, entrepreneurial small business that provides environmental compliance audits and assessment, permitting, investigation, planning, and engineering services nationwide to federal and state clients. To successfully perform duties for the position below, candidates must be organized, detail oriented, with excellent interpersonal skills in order to provide strong focus and high quality customer service. Positions require effective communication skills and ability to complete all delegated tasks within a specified timeline as required by the customer. Stell offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Position Overview: A wildlife biologist is being recruited to work for Stell to provide technical and field assistance to the Department of the Army at the Yakima Training Center to carry out surveys, assessments, inventories, data analysis and report writing to ensure successful implementation of the wildlife and land management programs as outlined in a contractual scope of work. The person in this role will assist the lead biologist with coordination of seasonal field staff to carry out day to day work assignments which vary annually depending on customer needs and priorities, but typically include: sage-grouse population monitoring, sage-grouse captures, raptor nest monitoring, burrowing owl captures and rare plant surveys. Data analysis of survey and monitoring efforts and subsequent report writing are a strong component of this position. This position is roughly 60% office work and 40% field work, but that varies dependent upon the time of year and work priorities. Work schedule is typically 4-10hr work days from May through November and a 5-8hr work day December-April. Fluctuating work schedules (including working at night) and extremely early start times occur frequently throughout the field season. The person in this role will be exposed to an array of shrub-steppe flora and fauna along with proper survey methodology. Anticipated start date is January 8, 2017. Responsibilities: • Coordinate with other staff to implement the contract scope of work. • Assist with sage-grouse captures, radio-marking and telemetry to monitor grouse movements. • Capture and band burrowing owls as part of a larger regional banding effort. • Conduct extensive GIS and data analysis for use in environmental documents. • Coordinate with regulatory agencies and other contracting companies to implement project work. • Modify and/or design new wildlife survey protocols. • Create and/or review wildlife management plans. • Coordinate and implement nest monitoring and distribution surveys for raptors. • Coordinate and implement rare/sensitive plant survey and monitoring efforts. • Coordinate and implement vegetation monitoring to include assessing restoration success. • Conduct wildlife and botanical surveys. • Write and review scientific reports prior to submission to program manager. • Assess land management impacts to wildlife populations and their habitat and provide alternative recommendations based off the assessments. • Coordinate the purchase of gear and supplies. • Summarize tasks in weekly and monthly reports • Conduct job outreach, conduct interviews, and assist with hiring seasonal staff.
QUALIFICATIONS: Required: • B.S. Natural Resource Sciences or related science discipline, M.S. preferred • 3+ years’ experience conducting fish and wildlife research, management, data analysis, and preparing scientific reports. • Extensive experience in project management, data collection, coordination, and collaboration with natural resource agencies. • Must have experience with orienteering and be able to use a GPS and compass to find locations on a map. • Proficient in ArcGIS, MS Word/Excel and technical writing. • Must be a U.S Citizen, have a current driver’s license, and be able to pass a background security investigation. Preferred: • Experience in identifying native plants and using a plant guide or key to ID species; knowledge of local shrub-steppe and riparian species is preferable. • Knowledge, experience, and/or fluency with biological monitoring, wildlife habitat requirements, standard field methods for vegetative and wildlife surveys within shrub- steppe habitat. • Experience in identifying raptor species. • Ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with other staff to carry out work assignments. • Ability to write in a scientific manner following a similar format structure to the Journal of Wildlife Management. • Adaptable to fluctuating work schedules and start times. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. **To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Kevin White at: kevin.r.white81.ctr@mail.mil ** If selected for an interview, you may be asked to provide a sample of your writing.
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