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Job Announcement - Wildlife Technicians for Seabird Project, Central California

Allison Fuller, December 4, 2015

Wildlife technicians (up to 6 positions; pending available funding) are being sought to work on a seabird restoration and monitoring project for Common Murres (Uria aalge) and other seabirds along the central California coast. Two types of positions will be filled: Site Leader and Biotech. This project is conducted cooperatively by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex) and Humboldt State University. The purpose of the restoration project is to aid in restoring murre colonies that have suffered damage from oil spills, human disturbance, and other anthropogenic factors.

Successful applicants must be willing to work long hours, on weekends, and in inclement weather. Duties will include conducting population and productivity surveys on Common Murres, Brandt’s Cormorants and other species, documenting human and natural disturbances to seabirds, database entry, data analysis, and preparation of reports; other duties may include counting seabirds from aerial photographs, conducting surveys of nesting seabirds from boat, or other related tasks as assigned. Preference may be given to applicants with prior field experience with seabird or other wildlife monitoring techniques or census techniques. Additional evaluation may be based on the applicant’s knowledge and experience with computer use, databases, and report preparation. Applicants for Site Leader positions must demonstrate evidence of their ability to work independently, ability to provide leadership, and good decision making.

Requirements: 1) Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biological sciences, or related discipline with an interest in wildlife biology, restoration, or behavior; 2) current driver’s license with good driving record; 3) ability to sufficiently move and lift equipment up to 40 lbs.; 4) ability to regularly hike up to 10 miles in steep or uneven terrain while carrying up to 40 lbs. of gear; and 5) ability to work at the tops of steep cliffs.

Applicants must submit: 1) a signed cover letter; 2) résumé; and 3) names and phone numbers of two professional references. For further information, contact Allison Fuller at (510) 792 0222 ext. 225 or email at Applicants must indicate the position(s) they are applying for (Site Leader, Biotech, or both). No email applications will be accepted.

Duration: Approx. late March or early April to August 2016

Wages: Approx. $3,150-$4,030/month depending on experience, responsibilities and availability of funding.

Housing provided at field sites during the period of about mid-April to late July.

Employer: Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation

Send to: Allison Fuller U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service San Francisco Bay NWR Complex 1 Marshlands Rd. Fremont, CA 94555 U.S.A.

Closing Date: Applications must be postmarked by 8 January 2016 to receive full consideration. Applications postmarked after this date may or may not be considered depending upon position availability.

*No email applications will be accepted.