The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service, is recruiting a Wildlife/Fisher Crew Lead to support conservation, management and restoration of natural resources/ecosystems in and around Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP (SEKI) to help promote stewardship of public lands during a period of landscape change. The Wildlife/Fisher Crew Lead will use survey and monitoring methods to learn more about occurrence and habitat use by fishers and other wildlife in a landscape altered by tree mortality and fire to better inform fuel and forest management as well as fisher/wildlife conservation in this region.
The Wildlife/Fisher Crew Lead is responsible for assuring fidelity to methods and safety in the field, scheduling, logistics, data and sample management, and effective communication with project principals. As time and skills allow, Wildlife/Fisher Crew Lead may assist with summarizing data, creating maps (ArcGIS), sending samples to collaborators, and helping NPS partners prepare presentations or reports.
*B.S. in biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, or related discipline;
*Leadership experience, including ability to provide instruction in field/office protocols, to maintain field safety, plan logistics in a challenging location, and to enact low-impact principles;
*Ability to collaborate and communicate positively and effectively with others – including field crew, NPS contacts, other NPS/USFS staff, land managers, and/or collaborators;
*Ability to navigate in the field; prefer experience with mapping programs (ArcGIS, Avenza, etc.);
*Willingness and ability to work/hike in steep terrain on and off-trail, carry moderate to heavy backpack, and carry cage traps with wooden cubbies;
*Experience setting and checking remote cameras – including photo and data management;
*Experience locating good sites to set and safely operate traps for mammals;
*Animal-handling skills, especially experience handling mammals, sensitive species, or carnivores;
*Experience leading captures beneficial – especially mammals and/or radio-collar attachment;
*Experience working with fisher and/or marten preferred (monitoring, trapping, or handling);
*Experience using telemetry to locate animals, especially in mountainous terrain;
*Experience with other methods of wildlife survey and monitoring beneficial (e.g., bird surveys, setting up bat detectors or Acoustic Recording Units for birds); willingness to work at night as needed spring/summer to conduct owl surveys;
*Experience collecting and managing field data and organizing field samples;
*Familiarity with Sierra Nevada fauna and flora, and experience identifying Sierra trees/shrubs;
*Familiarity with the mission, goals and operations of the National Park Service and with SEKI Resource Management & Science, preferred;
*Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the NPS.
*Required: possess valid driver’s license; experience operating 4-wheel drive vehicles safely on dirt roads or in snow preferred;
*Required: Current covid vaccine (due to animal handling; no exceptions), current rabies vaccine preferred (if not current, willingness to be vaccinated for rabies).