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« on: November 02, 2009, 05:11:10 PM »

Three types of positions are available, please see details below.

Field Technicians for desert tortoise monitoring program
Institute for Wildlife Studies

Description:
The desert tortoise monitoring program is part of the USFWS initiative for the recovery and monitoring of the endangered desert tortoise. Data collected through distance sampling is used to estimate population size and density. Field technicians are needed to fill positions related to distance sampling. 

Field technicians will work in pairs, walk pre-defined transects to collect information on desert tortoises, and drive long distances through the desert on dirt roads to travel between daily transects. Field training will be provided, but applicants should have previous experience with wilderness field skills and the ability to use a GPS and topographic maps for navigation. Technicians must be able to walk ?12 km per day in challenging and uneven terrain, carrying personal gear and field equipment. Technicians also must be prepared for temperature and weather conditions that can change rapidly and without warning, able to operate a 4WD vehicle, and willing to camp in the desert backcountry for ?3 consecutive nights. Previous tortoise survey experience is a plus.

-Preference will be given to applicants with previous desert tortoise experience.
-Technicians must have a positive attitude and be capable of working closely with others.
-Exact start and end dates are to be determined, but expect to start in early March and one crew will work until the end of April and a second crew will work until the middle to end of May.
*Please specify preferred end date in your cover letter.
-Technicians will be expected to work 5 consecutive days per week, with the understanding that 2 days off may vary.
-The position requires long hours, early morning start times, and camping in the field.
-Compensation: Approximately $2,500/month (based on an hourly wage), plus housing will be provided during the training (2 weeks in March) and available intermittently throughout the field season.

Location:
Mojave Desert, California and Nevada

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to:
Dr. Julie Young at tortoise [AT] iws.org, or Institute for Wildlife Studies, PO Box 1104, Arcata, CA 95518. Please note the job (Field Technician) you are applying for in the subject line.

 
Telemetry Technicians for desert tortoise monitoring program
Institute for Wildlife Studies

Description:
The desert tortoise monitoring program is part of the USFWS initiative for the recovery of the endangered desert tortoise. Data collected through distance sampling is used to estimate population size density and locations of tortoises determined by telemetry is used to calibrate sighting probability. Field technicians are needed to fill positions related to radio telemetry monitoring of tortoises. 

Telemetry technicians work alone but in coordination with distance sampling technicians. Technicians are expected to listen for previously tagged tortoises and obtain visuals of tagged tortoises. Field training will be provided, but applicants should have previous experience with radio telemetry, wilderness field skills, and GPS and topographic maps for navigation. Technicians must be able to walk alone for long distances in challenging and uneven terrain, carrying personal gear and field equipment. Technicians also must be prepared for temperature and weather conditions that can change rapidly and without warning, able to operate a 4WD vehicle, and willing to camp in the desert backcountry for ?3 consecutive nights.

-Preference will be given to applicants with previous desert tortoise experience.
-Technicians must be capable of working alone, but communicate and coordinate activities regularly with others.
-Exact start and end date is to be determined, but expect to start in early March and work through the end of April.
-Technicians will be expected to work 5 consecutive days per week, with the understanding that 2 days off may vary.
-The position requires long hours, early morning start times, and camping in the field.
- Compensation: Approximately $2,500/month (based on an hourly wage), plus housing will be provided during the training (2 weeks in March) and available intermittently throughout the field season.
 
Location:
Mojave Desert, California and Nevada

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to:
Dr. Julie Young at tortoise [AT] iws.org, or Institute for Wildlife Studies, PO Box 1104, Arcata, CA 95518. Please note the job (Telemetry technician) you are applying for in the subject line.
 
QAQC/Project Coordinator for desert tortoise monitoring program
Institute for Wildlife Studies

Description:
The desert tortoise monitoring program is part of the USFWS initiative for the recovery and monitoring of the endangered desert tortoise. Data collected through distance sampling is used to estimate population size and density. Field technicians obtain data from line distance sampling transects and radio-telemetry that must be centrally collected, checked following defined quality assurance/quality control (QAQC) guidelines, and turned into USFWS weekly.

The QAQC/Project Coordinator will be responsible for:
(1)   Traveling to meet crews at specified locations in the Mojave desert for weekly collection of data
(2)   weekly delivery of paper and electronic data that have been verified for completeness and correctness (QAQC);
(3)   weekly updates on completion of assigned transects, and timely and appropriate response to feedback from the USFWS to improve patterns in collected data;
(4)   assisting the project lead with coordinating field crew schedules, creating maps, creating or assisting with reports; and
(5)   working with field crews to reduce errors in data entry.

The position requires regular contact with IWS staff in the Arcata office and USFWS project staff, plus extensive and intensive interaction with crews in the field. The Project coordinator is expected to have previous knowledge of Microsoft Access and ArcGIS, experience leading and motivating field crews, and an understanding of working with large databases, desert environments and desert tortoises, distance sampling, and be willing to participate in field work if needed.

The exact start and end date is to be determined, but we anticipate a start in early March, with work through June 8. The coordinator is expected to work 5 consecutive days per week, with the understanding that 2 days off may vary. The position requires long hours, extensive travel, and a willingness to visit and camp with field crews in the Mojave Desert.
Salary: Approximately $3,000/month (based on an hourly wage), plus housing.
 
Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada with travel to Barstow, CA and possibly throughout the Mojave Desert.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to:
Dr. Julie Young at tortoise [AT] iws.org, or Institute for Wildlife Studies, PO Box 1104, Arcata, CA 95518. Please note the job (QAQC/Project Coordinator) you are applying for in the subject line.
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