The Great Basin Institute
Springville, CA (Sequoia National Forest)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$26/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate
Last Date to Apply
Job Description: The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service, Sequoia National Forest, is recruiting one Wildlife Crew Lead to support the study and review of proposed actions in portions of the Sequoia National Forest, Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Sequoia National Park. 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 ESA 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 CA Spotted-Owl but may include Northern Goshawk, Pacific Fisher, and Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog. 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 CA Spotted-Owls (~70% of season); Broadcast acoustical surveys for Northern Goshawks; Nesting and reproductive status monitoring; Salamander surveys; Frog identification; Maintaining passive and baited camera stations; Setting up bat survey stations; Raising and breeding mice for CA Spotted-Owl surveys. Contract Timeline: Start and end dates may vary according to local conditions and individual projects: May 2023 - October 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 the Western Divide Ranger District (Springville, CA) of the Sequoia National Forest (SNF), and will be surveying across ranger districts. Sequoia National Forest is one of 19 National Forests in California and takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree. The SNF's landscape includes soaring granite monoliths, glacier-carved canyons, roaring whitewater, and more than 30 groves of sequoia trees in the forest's lower elevation slopes. Elevations range from 1,000 feet in the foothill region to peaks over 12,000 feet in the rugged high country, providing visitors with some of the most spectacular views of mountainous landscape in the entire west. Compensation and Benefits: - Wage: $26/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
Apply on The Great Basin Institute's website: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/Careers.aspx?req=2023-BRF-036&type=JOBDESCR Job Qualifications: At least one of the following: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Management or related discipline, including field based coursework AND one year of wildlife related field work; Three years of professional fieldwork experience. Required: Experience in conducting surveys for Spotted-Owl, minimum two seasons required; Experience in conducting surveys for Northern Goshawk and other raptors, strongly preferred; 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; Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a forested and/or high desert environment 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 and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion; Familiarity with Sierra Nevada forested habitat types, especially east slope, preferred; 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; Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth.
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Basin and Range Forestry Program Team
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