Wildlife Biologist – Winnemucca, Nevada (NEPA Experience Desired)

Agency
Winnemucca BLM
Location
Winnemucca, Nevada
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$21/hour
Start Date
11/15/2017
Last Date to Apply
10/13/2017
Website
https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org
Description
escription In partnership with the BLM Winnemucca District Office, GBI is recruiting a Wildlife Biologist to work cooperatively with BLM’s biology team. The Wildlife Biologist will be provided an orientation to BLM policies, regulations, procedures, programs, and operations; particularly focusing on conducting habitat and wildlife monitoring; reviewing habitat assessment documents; and assisting in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, including ePlanning and document review. The position will work cooperatively as part of an inter-disciplinary team under the direction of BLM wildlife biologists and other staff specialists to assist with: • Review of site specific habitat assessments to determine required species survey protocols that are needed; • Conducting project specific site visits to verify habitat assessment results; • Documenting wildlife, riparian, and rangeland habitat condition, quality, and quantity on BLM lands using established BLM Protocols; • Documenting animal presence and movement patterns; • Placing and installing thermographs; • Documenting survey and other data into GIS Geodatabases; and • Deploying Sage Grouse Fence Reflectors. Location The BLM Winnemucca District (WD) lies in the northwest part of Nevada, within the basin and range province of the western U.S. The WD is approximately 2.5 hours northeast of Reno, NV, 2 hours west of Elko, NV on I-80, and 5.5 hours south of Boise, ID on State Highway 95. The WD encompasses roughly 11 million acres, of which 7.38 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM. Elevations range from approximately 4,000 feet to close to 10,000 feet. Compensation & Timeline • Rate of Pay: $21.00/hour • Field per diem when overnight camping is required • Paid health and dental benefits • Paid personal leave and holidays • Appointment beginning November 2017 through February 2018 • Full-time, 40 hours per week (minimal overtime may be required occasionally)
Qualifications
• A Bachelor’s degree and combination of education related to the position of interest (Wildlife, Natural Resources Management, Ecology, Botany or other similar degree) is required; related field experience is desirable; • Knowledge of major policy guidance such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and other BLM and Federal issuances in order to adhere to legal parameters; • Knowledge of wildlife habitat and management of special status species (threatened endangered, candidate and sensitive plants or animals) on public lands;; • At least one year of experience working with the NEPA process and implementing aspects of the ESA; • An understanding of basic principles related to the fields of wildlife, ecology, range management, botany, soil science, and/or livestock science; • Knowledge of Great Basin ecology is preferable; • Knowledge and ability to use various monitoring techniques to determine the presence of various wildlife species, range vegetation and animal condition (e.g., utilization, nested frequency, rangeland health indicators, water availability/ condition, habitat condition); • Experience using GIS software (e.g., ArcMap) to upload, create and manipulate data and maps; • Experience working with basic Microsoft computer programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Access); • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units and read topographical maps, required; • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; • Capacity to work independently and within a team environment; • Must be motivated, self-directed, organized, and detail oriented in order to balance multiple tasks simultaneously; • Physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand the rigors of the Great Basin in the late spring, summer, and/or early fall; • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission and goals of GBI; and • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on- and off-road. • Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to BLM human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. How to Apply Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/Careers.aspx?rf=TAM&REQ=2017-RAP-079
Contact Person
Augustine Sughrua
Contact eMail
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