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Biological Technician (aquatic wildlife)
Job Code:2019-ACI-041
Program:AmeriCorps Intern
Contract Length:3 Months

Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute is working along side United Sttes Forest Servic to hire a biological technician. The technician will perform as crew member on amphibian monitoring program focusing on the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae) and the Yosemite toad (Anaxyrus canorus). This position will predominantly consist of field work throughout the Sierra Nevada at elevations of 5,000-12,000 feet.  Primary duties include:- Locating and traveling to selected sample sites;- Surveying lakes, ponds, meadows, and streams for amphibians;- and collecting habitat data.Many of the sites will be remote, requiring backpacking trips of up to 8-days duration. The ideal candidate has a background and/or high level of interest in herpetology and/or aquatic biology, is in good physical condition, and willing to endure high altitude, temperature extremes, rough terrain, and biting insects.  

Contract Timeline:
June 2019 – August 30, 2019
Full time, 40 hours/week

The Stanislaus National Forest encompasses nearly 900,000 acres on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Elevation ranges from 1,500 to 11,000 feet. Located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, recreation opportunities abound within and around the Forest. The San Francisco Bay area is located 3 hours to the west.

Compensation and Benefits:
Living allowance: $7,261.00 (disbursed biweekly)
Education award: $1,566.14
Housing provided at low cost
Paid health insurance

Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Ecology, Biology or related subject; 
  • Experience conducting field work using various monitoring protocols, including standard aquatic monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations;
  • Experience in amphibian surveys and identification;
  • Experience with data entry and management;
  • Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps
  • Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units;
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, traverse uneven terrain and withstand strenuous exertion;
  • Experience in backcountry field work preferred;
  • Clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and
  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of two in a lifetime, regardless of award amount), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.   

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