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Aquatic/Wildlife Crew Lead Tahoe National Forest

Company: The Great Basin Institute
Location: Reno
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Tahoe National Forest, is recruiting an Aquatic/Wildlife Crew Lead to support management of sensitive species and habitat on the forest. The Aquatic/Wildlife Crew Lead will be responsible for coordinating with USFS staff to conduct wildlife surveys, status assessments and habitat characterization. Target species include California spotted owl, Northern Goshawk, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, and Lahontan cutthroat trout. Field data, collected in accordance with USFS protocols, will be evaluated as a basis for recommending management actions. Opportunities to assist in Aquatics/Botany/Timber/Recreation projects may also be available. The work will be physically demanding and will involve extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (6,000 to 9000 ft.) on a daily basis, commonly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as snow or rain. At least 50% of the spotted-owl monitoring will be conducted during early morning or evening hours, or at night. The position will require working and some camping in remote locations on National Forest land. Work schedules, generally 4 days on and 3 days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. This is principally a field-based position (80% of time). Leadership responsibilities of this position include communication with USFS and GBI staff, maintaining safety awareness and practices in the field, scheduling, logistics, and overseeing fidelity to methods and quality of outcomes. Qualifications: -Bachelors degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Management or related discipline, and one year (minimum) of relevant experience; -Experience in performing field work in remote settings while maintaining safety and applying methodological protocols for collecting field data; -Experience in standard field methods for wildlife surveys, status assessments, and habitat characterization; -Experience in conducting surveys for spotted owl, northern goshawk, and other raptors, strongly preferred; -Familiarity with and interest in resource management issues of western states and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion; -Familiarity with Sierra Nevada forested habitat types, especially east slope, preferred; -Experience leading crews in the field, including oversight of safety, communication, fidelity to methods, and quality of accomplishments; -Proficiency in navigating off trail using GPS and/or topographic map and compass; -Experience in data management and quality control, including use of specialized software such as MS Access, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth; -Willingness and ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions and at night; -Willingness and ability to occasionally camp for consecutive nights in remote, primitive sites; -Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently; -Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; -Willingness to work a variable schedule in response to project needs, possibly including some weekends, nights, holidays; -Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners; -Drivers license and clean driving record; -Experience in the safe operation of 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads; and -Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the USFS. To learn more and apply, please follow the link below: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/careers.aspx?rf=GESJ&req=2020-RAP-012

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