The Great Basin Institute
Orleans, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$28/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate. Full time, average 40 hours per week
Last Date to Apply
Job Description: The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service, Six Rivers National Forest, is recruiting one Wildlife Crew Lead to support the study and review of proposed actions in portions of the Six Rivers National Forest. Associates will support GBI Resource Specialists in performing field surveys, collecting data, and providing technical assistance to assess wildlife habitat for various species. Field work will consider federally listed species, candidate species, and those proposed for listing while assessing the ecosystems upon which they depend. This work is in furtherance of Endangered Species Act goals that seek the best available scientific information to inform forest restoration planning. Crew Leads will assist agency personnel and crew members with applied management objectives for sensitive, threatened and endangered species. The majority of surveys will focus on Spotted-Owl, Marbled Murrelet, and Northern Goshawk. Work will focus on monitoring populations and surveying habitats used by these species to 1) support population data on specific species; and 2) ensure adequate protections are in place for areas undergoing vegetation management and restoration projects. These positions support legally mandated compliance measures and obligations and will help serve USFS vegetation management and fuels reduction efforts, supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources. This work provides professional development and leadership opportunities including: Increased exposure and responsibility enacting USFS processes, procedures, and compliance measures Assisting in reporting and data entry/quality assurance and control Increased technical experience and expanded opportunities and exposure to additional disciplines (e.g. archaeology, forestry, hydrology, etc.) The Wildlife Crew Lead will perform a wide variety of activities to support all stages of project work. The Lead will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, including coordination of daily tasks and affiliated project and crew needs, provide or assist in training, converse frequently with agency staff to plan and assess crew accomplishments, and converse with GBI staff as needed. Crew size will range between 3-4 people. Duties may include: Surveys for Spotted-Owl, Marbled Murrelet, and Northern Goshawk (~70% of season) Broadcast acoustical surveys Radar surveys Nesting and reproductive status monitoring Maintaining passive and baited camera stations Raising and breeding mice for Spotted-Owl surveys Contract Timeline: Start and end dates may vary according to local conditions and individual projects: May 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023. Projects are weather dependent and there is always a chance the season will end earlier if weather prevents safe field operations. Location: The incumbents will be based out of Eureka, CA on the 6 Rivers National Forest surveying across ranger districts. Stretching in a narrow 140-mile band from the Oregon border south, the Six Rivers National Forest offers nearly a million acres to discover and enjoy. It offers outstanding water recreation opportunities, special areas such as the Smith River National Recreation Area - the nation’s premiere example of a wild and scenic watershed, cultural heritage riches and legacies, and is one of Northern California’s best kept secrets offering uncrowded backcountry with lots of solitude. The landscapes and waterscapes are truly spectacular, the life-styles and culture diverse, and the pace of living relaxed in the Northcoast area. Compensation and Benefits: -Wage: $28/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate. Full time, average 40 hours per week - Health, Dental, Vision Insurance paid 100% by GBI, equivalent to ~$350/month. Available on the first day of the month following the start of employment - Shared housing provided! Equivalent to ~$1200/month - Camping Per Diem: $15/night as necessary - Uniform Stipend
Job Qualifications: At least one of the following: Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or related discipline, degree must include field-based coursework AND one year of wildlife related field work; Three years of professional fieldwork experience. Required: Experience conducting surveys for Spotted-Owl, Marble Murrelet, and Northern Goshawk or similar species; Experience leading crews in the field, including oversight of crew safety, communication, fidelity to methods and data quality; Proficiency in navigation using GPS, topographic map and compass; Experience in standard field methods for wildlife surveys, status assessments, and habitat characterization; Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners; Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes occasionally overnight work & camping in remote areas for consecutive nights Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently; Strong communication skills with a diverse audiences, both written and oral; Willingness to work a variable schedule in response to project needs, possibly including some weekends, nights, holidays; and Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a forested and mountainous environments in all seasons Preferred: Ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; Experience with camera trapping protocols; Familiarity with and interest in resource management issues of western states; Familiarity with costal California ecosystems; Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols; Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff; and Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS, and Google Earth
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Basin and Range Program Team
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