Wildlife Technician – Contractor: Phoenix, Arizona Arizona

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Phoenix, AZ
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$20 / hour
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Last Date to Apply
This is a temporary, full-time position as a Wildlife Contractor for Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the Wildlife Contracts Branch. The Wildlife Contracts Branch, is a unique group that operates as a hybrid between a state agency and a consulting company. Our main job is to help other organizations protect wildlife, and therefore most of the work that we do is on contract for other agencies, including all branches of the military, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Department of Transportation, Bureau of Land Management, and more. We work on a wide variety of organisms all over the state, and sometimes out of the state. Specific projects this position will be involved in include: Live trapping small mammals in the Sonoran Desert near Yuma, AZ and Florence, AZ, and surveying for Mohave Fringe-toed Lizards at dune complexes in Yuma, AZ. There is the potential for work on other projects including surveys for other herp species, surveying for bats near Flagstaff, AZ, and surveying for Sonoran Desert Tortoises. This position is scheduled to start on March 6, 2023 and run through the end of April, 2023, with the potential for extension assisting on other projects in the branch. Contractors receive hourly pay and access to state vehicles for transportation. There is no permanent housing provided. While working, we will stay in the field, either camping or staying in department-provided housing (field houses, trailers, bunk houses, or very rarely hotels). We typically start work on Monday and return to the office on Thursday or Friday, and usually have the weekends off, although there is a chance for some 8-on, 6-off schedules. Applicants should be prepared to commit to the ENTIRE two-month work assignment. For any questions, contact the Senior Research Biologist, Charlotte A. Rozanski, at .
To be considered for this position, you must have camping experience, be able to navigate with handheld GPS across difficult, trail-less terrain, be comfortable working and camping in remote areas with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, be comfortable and safe driving 4WD vehicles on unmaintained, dirt roads, and have a passion for conducting field research. Applicants should be motivated, work well independently and with others, be able to hike 5-10 miles with heavy equipment through rough desert terrain, and maintain a positive attitude under adverse weather conditions. The ideal candidate will have trapping and handling experience with small mammals, experience handling and identifying herps, familiarity with fauna and flora of the southwest region, and the ability to navigate to survey locations using map, compass, and GPS units. Minimum Qualifications: B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology, Forestry, Environmental Science, or a related major. Minimum of 2 years of field research experience Small mammal trapping and handling experience Knowledge and/or experience in identifying small mammals to species Experience car camping in remote areas Experience and ability to hike 5-10 miles in extremely hot, arid conditions. Knowledge of wilderness safety Preferred Qualifications: Extensive small mammal trapping and handling experience Prior experience safely catching, handling, and identifying reptiles Knowledge of Sonoran Desert small mammal and herp species To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references with contact information (formatted as a single PDF) to Charlotte A. Rozanski at .
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