Wildlife Monitoring Technician (BLM Cedarville, CA)

Agency
Great Basin Institute
Location
Cedarville, California
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
Living Allowance and AmeriCorps Segal Education Award
Last Date to Apply
01/17/2022
Website
https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/careers.aspx?rf=TAM&req=2021-ACI-066
Description
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the BLM, is recruiting two (2) Wildlife Monitoring Technicians to help address key management tasks related to multiple projects within the Applegate Field Office in Cedarville, California. Through this opportunity, the successful applicants will be exposed to the operations of a federal land management agency charged with a multiple-use and sustainable-yield mission. The Technicians will gain a greater understanding of how policy decisions are formulated, gain hands-on experience with natural resource monitoring protocols and field techniques, enhance skills related to data collection and behavioral observations, as well as actively participate in formal trainings related to first aid, off-highway vehicle operation, and the BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Strategy. The primary project focus will be the Greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). Primary Responsibilities: • Lek counts • Habitat use research • Vegetation monitoring (e.g. line point intercept) An outcome of these field exercises is providing BLM management with the necessary data to assess whether planned habitat improvement projects can move forward to the implementation phase. Upon completion of this position, the Wildlife Monitoring Technicians will be better prepared to take on additional responsibility in fields related to rangeland management, wildlife biology, or public land management. Applicants seeking to apply for graduate school will have compelling experience and real-world knowledge to apply to their application. Timeline: • 25-week appointment beginning mid-late February 2022 • Full time (40 hours/week) Location: Founded in 1864, Cedarville, California is a small mountain town of 500 people located in the northwest corner of Modoc County just to the east of the Warner Mountains. A multitude of recreational opportunities are available in the surrounding areas as the town sits in Surprise Valley on the border of Modoc National Forest and South Warner Wilderness, two and a half hours from Lassen National Forest, and three and a half hours from the Black Rock Desert. Compensation and Benefits: • Total Living Allowance: $12,600 (Approximately $1,000 biweekly before taxes) • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,172.50 (Upon successful completion, the award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition.) • Housing Stipend: $75/week • Onsite housing available at cost of $148.77/month • Camping Per Diem: $15/day (if applicable) • Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Eligibility: Upon successful completion, members between the ages of 17-30 (35, if you are a veteran) are eligible for non-competitive status for government hiring for two years. • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost
Qualifications
Technical requirements: • Bachelor’s degree or coursework and experience in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or a related field; • Field experience that included adhering to field data collection protocols and accurately recording field data; • Office experience that included data entry and report writing; • Knowledge of wildlife ecology and plant taxonomy including use of technical keys; • Familiarity with wildlife species in the area; including threatened, endangered, and sensitive species; • Ability to use a GPS unit for navigation and data collection; • Experience using ArcGIS to create maps, analyze data, and organize layers preferred; • Experience in habitat evaluation and collection of vegetation data preferred; and • Experience in conducting avian surveys and nest monitoring preferred, particularly for gallinaceous species Additional requirements: • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; • Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads that can be steep and rutted; • Experience operating UTV’s preferred; • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; • Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field; • Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., pre-sunrise mornings, late nights past midnight); • Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; • Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred; • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement. Covid Policy Update: As part of Great Basin Institute’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy, all employees are required to receive and provide proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot prior to the first day of employment, unless a medical or religious exemption is submitted and approved. All employees covered by this policy are required to be fully vaccinated as a term and condition of employment at Great Basin Institute. How to Apply: Please visit our employment web page to apply directly through our online portal: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/careers.aspx?rf=TAM&req=2021-ACI-066
Contact Person
Sarah Mendoza
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