Job Postings

Job Postings

If you have job announcements you would like posted on this page, send them to jobs@tws-west.org.  Job listings will be posted for 3 months unless a closing date is listed on the job announcement.

There is also a jobs page on the national TWS web site at careers.wildlife.org

(Date indicates when each announcement was posted to the web site.)


15 January, 2019:  Seasonal Field Biologists, Swaim Biological, Inc.

Swaim Biological, Incorporated (SBI) is seeking seasonal field biologists to monitor construction activities and assist with special-status species surveys. SBI is a small, woman-owned consulting firm that provides natural resource consulting services to a variety of clients including state and local agencies, large consulting firms, land trusts, non-profits, park districts, and private entities. SBI projects range from baseline environmental studies, impact analyses, mitigation and monitoring, to research on special-status species for conservation and management. SBI works primarily in the San Francisco Bay-Delta and Sacramento areas but work can occur statewide. Both full- and part-time temporary positions are available, with potential to become permanent depending on merit and workload.

Primary duties include:
• Perform biological monitoring and reporting.
• Conduct special-status species surveys (flora and/or fauna) and nesting bird surveys (pre-construction and presence/absence).
• Prepare daily reports.
• Assist with project environmental reviews, including site assessments, database searches, and report preparation.

A BA/BS in biology or related field is preferred. However, those expecting to graduate in winter/spring 2019 are encouraged to apply if the required skills are demonstrated from coursework or related experience. Candidates should have a basic understanding of California flora and fauna, and general knowledge of species inventory surveys and California environmental regulations (Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, CEQA, NEPA, etc.). Preference will be given to candidates with 2+ years of experience in environmental consulting/biological monitoring, especially those who have monitored and/or lawfully handled one or more of the following species: California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, Alameda whipsnake, San Francisco garter snake, and giant garter snake. Experience with other special-status reptiles and amphibians is a plus. Excellent communication skills, ability to understand and implement appropriate safety actions, and ability to work alone and/or in teams is essential. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. GIS and GPS experience, and possession of a scientific collecting permit and/or any federal recovery permits are desirable.

Job applicants must be prepared to:
• Conduct strenuous and physically demanding field work in various terrains and temperature regimes.
• Possess a valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle (4WD or AWD preferred).
• Travel to/from field assignments, usually within the same day.
• Work nights and weekends.
To apply send your resume and three current references with contact name, email, and phone number to info@swaimbio.com. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews. No phone calls please.


11 January, 2019:  Ecologist, Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority

Team player in small agency. Coordinates habitat restoration, conducts bio surveys, assists with adaptive management from recreation, possess GIS skills.

For a full job and benefits description, and to apply – visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/whittier

Salary $5,733.31 – $8,836.47 Monthly

Location Whittier, CA

Job Number 2018-0056

Closing date and time -2/10/2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

2019 Ecologist Job Bulletin

The Ideal Candidate

In addition to the minimum qualifications listed in the job description, the most competitive applicants will have a masters degree in a related subject. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be ready to join a small and cohesive team as a flexible and supportive team player. The ideal candidate should have experience in habitat restoration, and general biological and wildlife monitoring. Government experience is also desirable for an understanding of the uniqueness of public sector rules and regulations.

For more information http://www.habitatauthority.org/2018/11/now-hiring-ecologist/


11 January, 2019:  Permanent Field Biologist, Santa Ana Watershed Association (Riverside, CA)

The Santa Ana Watershed Association (SAWA) is now hiring one permanent Field Biologist for the Biological Monitoring Program of the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) for Western Riverside County. The Biological Monitoring Program is responsible for monitoring 146 Covered Species and associated habitats as outlined in the MSHCP. This is a full-time position with a Monday through Friday work schedule.

The Field Biologist conducts field work (80%) and associated office tasks, including data entering and checking (20%). Job duties include field data collection and data entry for bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, invertebrate, and plant species that are Covered under the MSHCP on conserved lands.

Duties

  • Conduct biological surveys for Covered wildlife, rare plant species and native vegetation communities.
  • Prepare maps using ArcGIS and Google Earth; prepare survey station waypoints for upload to GPS units.
  • Collect field data in the prescribed manner, following established protocols.
  • Digitize data using an established Microsoft Access database, and perform quality assurance checks on entered data.
  • Assist with report preparation.
  • Attend meetings and training as appropriate.
  • Complete assigned tasks with a minimum of direct supervision in a timely fashion.
  • Expected to operate 4WD vehicles, digital equipment and GPS units, and be capable of carrying a 25–30 pound backpack.
  • May conduct the following activities, with support of other lead staff: design and oversee short-term field survey efforts including protocol writing, training of inexperienced staff, and management of day-to-day field survey logistics; conduct and interpret statistical analysis of survey data; write survey summaries or reports.

Basic Requirements

  1. Two years of experience conducting biological surveys, preferably for more than one taxonomic group.
  2. Experience conducting surveys for, and handling rare, sensitive, and federally- or state-listed wildlife or plants. Avian survey experience is particularly desirable.
  3. Ability to identify targeted and co-occurring species in western Riverside County. Proficiency at visual and aural identification of bird species occurring in southern California is particularly desirable.
  4. Knowledge of standard survey methods for Covered species.
  5. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products and mapping programs including ArcGIS and Google Earth.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with a variety of groups and individuals.
  7. Ability to work cooperatively with others, and independently with little to no supervision.
  8. Ability to record ecological data clearly and accurately.
  9. Ability to work long days and occasional evening shifts.
  10. Ability to work under, and tolerate exposure to, variable environmental conditions (e.g., rough uneven terrain, aquatic environments, seasonally harsh temperatures, etc.).
  11. Must complete training for, and be willing to use, Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
  12. Possession of a valid U.S. Driver’s License and U.S. citizenship or the ability to work legally in the U.S. (Declaration of Permission to Work form required).

Education

Successful completion of a full four year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree that included a major field of study in ecology, biology, botany, wildlife management, or other closely related field.

Supervision:

The Field Biologist is a full-time hourly position that works under the direct supervision of the Biologist Supervisor.

Salary and Benefits

Salary: $19.61 – $25.10 per hour. Benefits include an S-125 medical plan with a $700 monthly stipend; a retirement plan with 6% employer contribution; monthly cellphone stipend; and paid leave following a six month probationary period.

To be considered for this exciting position that offers unique field experience: send your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Jennette El Morsy at jennette@sawatershed.org by January 25, 2019.  Please specifically address how you meet the basic requirements for this position in your cover letter. If you would like additional information regarding this position, please contact Michelle Murphy-Mariscal at mmariscal@biomonitoringrca.org

 


7 January, 2019:  Range Vegetation Technicians; Roundup, Montana

Range Vegetation Technicians (3) needed.  1 position May 13 – Aug 2, 2019 and 2 positions May 13 – June 28, 2019 for a greater sage-grouse study near Roundup, Montana, USA (50 mi north of Billings).  The study assesses demographics and resource selection of greater sage-grouse in response to grazing.  The study also evaluates the direct effects of grazing on vegetation in sage-grouse habitat.  This collaborative project is led by Lorelle Berkeley, Ph.D., Research Wildlife Biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP); Mark Szczypinski, Conservation Technician, FWP; and Victoria Dreitz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Wildlife Biology Program and Avian Science Center Director, University of Montana, College of Forestry and Conservation.

Duties include collection of detailed vegetation data at sage-grouse nests and random points among grazing treatments across the study area.   Preference will be given to applicants with experience in range vegetation measurement and identification of Montana species, experience in operation of 4WD trucks and ATVs on low-maintenance roads, use of GPS units, and current First Aid/CPR certification.  If you are not currently certified in First Aid/CPR, you will need to become certified before arriving to begin work.  Applicants must enjoy working and living in a remote rural area with a diverse group of people including private landowners and livestock producers. Conditions include extreme temperatures, rain, snow, “gumbo” roads, wind, rattlesnakes, and abundant prickly pear. Work schedule is dynamic and demanding—applicants must be willing to work when needed and take days off when the opportunity arises. The successful candidates will be expected to assist the sage-grouse field technicians as needed with monitoring sage-grouse hens or chicks using radiotelemetry, night-time capture and marking of sage-grouse chicks or hens with radio transmitters, nest finding and monitoring, or data entry and proofreading.  The range and sage-grouse technicians are considered one field crew with slightly different designations of daily duties, but they will each help each other with duties when necessary.  Field technicians must have good interpersonal and communication skills as they will be required to work in teams of 2 most of the time.  However, technicians must also be willing to work alone in remote locations.  The rewards include the endless vistas of central Montana, abundant recreation opportunities within a short (1-2 hour) drive, calf branding and roadside chats with ranchers, phenomenal wildlife viewing, and field research experience. A strong work ethic, good physical condition, and sense of humor are a must. Technicians will be required to hike up to several miles through sagebrush, over uneven terrain, and in hot temperatures to reach some sampling sites.   Successful candidates will be hired through the University of Montana’s Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. The position has a monthly stipend of $2,038/month plus free shared housing with internet provided. No benefits are associated with these positions. Applications will be accepted until March 8, 2019 however the positions will be filled earlier if suitable candidates are found.   To apply, email a cover letter, résumé, and 3 references all within a single PDF or MS Word attachment to Mark Szczypinski at: Mark.Szczypinski@mt.gov.  The subject heading of your email should read “Range Vegetation Technician Application”.  Include your last name as the beginning of all files (ex: Smith_John-Range Vegetation Technician).  Failure to follow these instructions may result in your application being disqualified.  Please mention whether or not you are currently certified in CPR/First Aid and direct any questions about the position to Mark via e-mail or by phone at 406-320-2529.

Project Summary:

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is a sagebrush-obligate species that was recently up for ESA listing.  The loss and degradation of sagebrush habitats has led to extirpation of this species from over half of its historical range.  Due to large conservation efforts and cooperation by multiple agencies and private landowners to conserve and manage sage-grouse habitat, the sage-grouse was not listed, but USFWS will re-evaluate its status in 2020.  To maintain populations and habitat for this species, these conservation efforts need to continue.  Our study evaluates how conservation efforts through managed grazing directly affect sage-grouse vital rates (hen survival, nest success, chick survival—the 3 most important drivers of population growth in greater sage-grouse) and habitat.  Findings will inform federal and state grazing management programs as well as other landowners that incorporate wildlife interests into grazing management around the West.

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.


7 January, 2019:  Range Field Crew Leader; Roundup, Montana

Range Field Crew Leader (1) needed May 6, 2019 to Aug 9, 2019 (start and end dates are somewhat negotiable) for a greater sage-grouse study near Roundup, Montana, USA (50 mi north of Billings).  The study assesses demographics and resource selection of greater sage-grouse in response to grazing.  The study also evaluates the direct effects of grazing on vegetation in sage-grouse habitat.  This collaborative project is led by Lorelle Berkeley, Ph.D., Research Wildlife Biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP); Mark Szczypinski, Conservation Technician, FWP; and Victoria Dreitz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Wildlife Biology Program and Avian Science Center Director, University of Montana, College of Forestry and Conservation.

The crew leader will supervise (and assist) a crew of 3 range technicians who have been hired to collect detailed vegetation data at sage-grouse nests and random points among grazing treatments across the study area.  The crew leader reports directly to and works very closely with the Conservation Technician on the project who oversees the entire field crew.  Crew leader responsibilities include daily organization of the crew, their tasks, and the locations in which they are sampling.  The crew leader also oversees data entry and management of the range technicians, including collecting data forms on a regular basis and ensuring the crew keeps up with data entry and proofreading, and will do a lot of data entry and proofreading themselves.  The crew leader will use ArcGIS to upload waypoints to maps and print maps for field technicians daily.  Microsoft Access is used for database entry and maintenance.  In addition to regular field duties with the crew, the crew leader is responsible for supervision of the range crew and ensuring that their field gear and vehicles are properly maintained. Regular field duties will include collecting vegetation data but may also include duties associated with sage-grouse such as capturing and marking hens or chicks, monitoring hens or chicks via radio-telemetry, or other miscellaneous tasks as assigned.   The successful applicant must be able to work in remote locations alone and as part of a team, and must be able to live in a communal, rustic setting.  Preference will be given to applicants with experience in supervising a field crew, vegetation ID in Montana, range science data collection metrics, operation of 4WD trucks and ATVs on low-maintenance roads, ArcGIS v 10 (uploading and downloading points from a GPS unit, making maps), database management with Microsoft Access, entering and manipulating data in Microsoft Excel, and current First Aid/CPR certification.  If you do not have current First Aid/CPR certification, you must become certified before arriving to begin work. The range crew works alongside our sage-grouse field crew and helps with sage-grouse capture and monitoring when needed.   The range and sage-grouse technicians are considered one field crew with slightly different designations of daily duties, but they will each help each other with duties when necessary.  Regular communication and coordination of range crew activities with the sage-grouse crew is imperative; thus, the range crew leader must have excellent communication and inter-personal skills along with top notch organizational skills.  The work schedule is extremely dynamic and demanding, including late nights, early mornings, some long days during the peak of nests hatching, and unpredictable days off—applicants must be willing to work when needed and take days off when the opportunity arises.  Applicants must enjoy working and living in a remote rural area with a diverse group of people including private landowners and livestock producers.  Conditions include extreme temperatures, rain, snow, “gumbo” roads, wind, rattlesnakes, and abundant prickly pear.  The rewards include the endless vistas of central Montana, abundant recreation opportunities within a short (1-2 hour) drive, calf branding and roadside chats with ranchers, phenomenal wildlife viewing, and field research experience. A strong work ethic, good physical condition, and sense of humor are a must.  The position will require hiking up to several miles each day through sagebrush, over uneven terrain, and in very hot temperatures to reach some sampling sites.  Successful candidates will be hired through the University of Montana’s Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and the position has a monthly stipend of $2,214/month plus free shared housing with internet provided.  No benefits are associated with these positions. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019 however the position will be filled earlier if a suitable candidate is found.   To apply, email a cover letter, résumé, and 3 references all within a single PDF or MS Word attachment to Mark Szczypinski at: Mark.Szczypinski@mt.gov.  The subject heading of your email should read “Range Field Crew Leader”.  Include your last name as the beginning of all files (ex: Smith, John-Range Field Crew Leader).  Failure to follow these instructions may result in your application being disqualified.  Please mention whether or not you are currently certified in CPR/First Aid and direct any questions about the position to Mark via e-mail or by phone at 406-320-2529.

Project Summary:

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is a sagebrush-obligate species that was recently up for ESA listing.  The loss and degradation of sagebrush habitats has led to extirpation of this species from over half of its historical range.  Due to conservation efforts and cooperation by multiple agencies and private landowners to conserve and manage sage-grouse habitat, the sage-grouse was not listed, but USFWS will re-evaluate its status in 2020.  To maintain populations and habitat for this species, these conservation efforts need to continue.  Our study evaluates how conservation efforts through managed grazing directly affect sage-grouse vital rates (hen survival, nest success, chick survival—the 3 most important drivers of population growth in greater sage-grouse) and habitat.  Findings will inform federal and state grazing management programs as well as other landowners that incorporate wildlife interests into grazing management around the West.

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.


7 January, 2019:  Sage Grouse Research Technicians; Roundup, Montana

Sage-Grouse Research Technicians (2) needed from Apr. 8 – Aug. 2, 2019 for a greater sage-grouse study near Roundup, Montana, USA (50 mi north of Billings).  The study assesses demographics and resource selection of greater sage-grouse in response to grazing.  The study also evaluates the direct effects of grazing on vegetation in sage-grouse habitat.  This collaborative project is led by Lorelle Berkeley, Ph.D., Research Wildlife Biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP); Mark Szczypinski, Conservation Technician, FWP; and Victoria Dreitz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Wildlife Biology Program and Avian Science Center Director, University of Montana, College of Forestry and Conservation.

Duties potentially include, but are not limited to, conducting early morning lek counts (before sunrise; April through May), night-time spotlighting capture of sage-grouse hens and/or chicks and marking them with GPS backpack or necklace radio transmitters, monitoring nest success and hen and chick survival via radiotelemetry, collection of vegetation data, data entry and proofreading, maintaining field vehicles, and other miscellaneous duties as needed. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in radiotelemetry, operation of 4WD trucks and ATVs on low-maintenance roads, operating GPS units and who have First Aid / CPR certification.  If you do not have current First Aid / CPR certification, you will need to become certified before arriving to begin work.  Successful applicants may be asked to help collect vegetation data with the range field technicians as needed.  The range and sage-grouse technicians are considered one field crew with slightly different designations of daily duties, but they will each help each other with duties when necessary.  Applicants must enjoy working and living in a remote rural area with a diverse group of people including private landowners and livestock producers. Conditions include extreme temperatures, rain, snow, “gumbo” roads, wind, rattlesnakes, and abundant prickly pear.  Hiking up to several miles a day through sagebrush, on uneven terrain, and in hot temperatures may be necessary to monitor grouse, as well as driving several hours a day in a pickup truck on low maintenance roads.  The work schedule is extremely dynamic and demanding, including late nights, early mornings, some long days during the peak of nests hatching or chick tagging, split work shifts, and unpredictable days off—applicants must be willing to work when needed and take days off when the opportunity arises. The rewards include the endless vistas of central Montana, abundant outdoor recreation opportunities within a short (1-2 hour) drive, calf branding and roadside chats with ranchers, phenomenal wildlife viewing, and wildlife research experience. A strong work ethic, the ability to work alone all day in remote areas, self-motivation, good physical condition, and a sense of humor are a must. Field technicians must have great interpersonal and communication skills. Successful candidates will be hired through the University of Montana’s Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.  The position has a monthly stipend of $2,038/month plus free shared housing with internet provided. No benefits are associated with these positions. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019 however the positions will be filled earlier as suitable candidates are found.   To apply, email a cover letter, résumé, and 3 references all within a single PDF or MS Word attachment to Mark Szczypinski at: Mark.Szczypinski@mt.gov.  The subject heading of your email should read “Sage-Grouse Research Technician”.  Include your last name as the beginning of all files (ex: Smith, John-Sage Grouse Research Technician).  Failure to follow these instructions may result in your application being disqualified.  Please mention whether or not you are currently certified in CPR/First Aid and direct any questions about the position to Mark via e-mail or by phone at 406-320-2529.

Project Summary:

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is a sagebrush-obligate species that was recently up for ESA listing.  The loss and degradation of sagebrush habitats has led to extirpation of this species from over half of its historical range.  Due to large conservation efforts and cooperation by multiple agencies and private landowners to conserve and manage sage-grouse habitat, the sage-grouse was not listed, but USFWS will re-evaluate its status in 2020.  To maintain populations and habitat for this species, these conservation efforts need to continue.  Our study evaluates how conservation efforts through managed grazing directly affect sage-grouse vital rates (hen survival, nest success, chick survival—the 3 most important drivers of population growth in greater sage-grouse) and habitat.  Findings will inform federal and state grazing management programs as well as other landowners that incorporate wildlife interests into grazing management around the West.

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.


7 January, 2019: Scientific Aides, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, Modoc Plateau, Modoc and Lassen Counties

Description and qualifications: The incumbents’ primary duties will involve working on the Modoc Plateau of NE California conducting point count bird surveys, deploying and retrieving recorders of bird vocalizations, and downloading electronic data to a computer. Additional work will include conducting surveys of vegetation and habitat, making appropriate contact with landowners and land managers, and entering data. Incumbents will be expected to communicate regularly with a lead person about status of sample plot visitation and will be responsible for planning and tracking survey visits using maps and spreadsheets.

In addition to evaluating each candidate’s relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

  • Background in wildlife biology, zoology, and/or ecology (esp. ornithology and vegetation ecology).
  • Experience with wildlife monitoring and surveying methods and techniques.
  • Basic GIS skills and familiarity with ArcGIS.
  • Experience with wildlife and biological data entry in spreadsheets and databases.
  • Attention to detail, good focus, and excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability and willingness to be away from home for up to a week, camping in remote areas. Willingness to work in inclement weather, and in terrains that support native wildlife and biting insects.
  • Physical capability and endurance to conduct fieldwork in remote settings and under inclement weather conditions, including the ability to hike off trails across steep, rough terrain.
  • Proficiency navigating with maps and a handheld global positioning system.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • 4-wheel drive experience preferred.
  • Successful teamwork experience doing fieldwork.

Housing available.

To apply see: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=139848

Contact: Todd Keeler-Wolf at todd.keeler-wolf@wildlife.ca.gov

Closing date: 1/28/2019


9 December, 2018: Wildlife Technicians, Black Fox Timber Management Group, Inc.

Black Fox Timber Management Group, Inc.(BFTM) is  a timberland management firm and one of the largest forestry consulting firms in the Western U.S.  We are seeking  4-6 Wildlife Technicians for the 2019 season. BFTM is located in McCloud, CA. Our company coordinates one of the largest California Northern Spotted Owl survey contracts in the State. The Wildlife Technician can expect to work 4 nights a week approximately 10-12 hours a shift. If progress falls behind schedule we will extend our week.  The applicants are expected to know NSO protocol,  can work alone at night, have experience on an ATV, run a chain saw, operate a vehicle and navigate at night.  These positions will start from approximately March 4th,  to August 31st. If the Forestry Technician wishes and if there is a need for the company to continue employment after owl season  – we could try to cross train for another position to extend their season until snowed out. Pay is negotiable, but is dependent on experience and education. I’m hoping to start interviewing in January and offer jobs soon after. Please email cover letter and resume to: jimmysmith@blackfoxtimber.com

 


3 December, 2018: Wildlife Intern, Sierra Pacific Industries
Link to job posting

 


3 December, 2018: Wildlife Technician, Sierra Pacific Industries

Link to job posting

 


25 November, 2018: Environmental Program Manager 1, Supervisory, CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife

https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=138307

Applications are due on 1/16/19 but we will likely try and extend that date because the job posted so close to the holidays.

The Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, has an opening for an Environmental Program Manager (EPM) position that will be posted soon. The EPM position manages the Proposition 1 and 68 restoration grant programs Statewide.  This position also is responsible for development of a monitoring program of the restoration projects. This is the second supervisory level of the series; the incumbent will supervise 7 environmental scientists within the unit. The salary range  is $9,861 – 12,259/month, with excellent health and retirement benefits. The position is located in Sacramento, California.

Ideal candidates will be highly motivated to successfully implement this Statewide grant program that manages and administers approximately $50 to 80 million for the restoration of wetland habitats.  They should have strong management skills, and experience in program development and able to function well in a team setting working toward a common goal.  Candidates should possess skills to develop a highly motivated team, collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders, deliver projects on a tight timeline, and demonstrate success. Candidates should possess strong analytical, verbal, and written communication skills, and be able to make sound decisions based upon policies and regulations.

In order to be considered for the position, you must take an on-line examination, available on Cal Careers website (https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Exams/Bulletin.aspx?examCD=4PB1901). Ranking on this exam is required in order to apply for this job posting in the future.

Please contact Laura Valoppi a 916-247-8903 or Laura.Valoppi@wildlife.ca.gov for more information on applying for this position.

 


16 November, 2018: Senior Park Aide/Environmental Services Intern, Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is currently recruiting for several Senior Park Aide/Environmental Services Intern (ESI) positions for the 2019
Western Snowy Plover and California Least Tern nesting season (March to September)

General Duties include:

  • Conduct monitoring for two federally listed bird species, the threatened snowy plover and the endangered least tern, including monitoring adults, nests, chicks and broods
  • Fence, sign, and nest exclosure installation and maintenance
  • Collect scientific field notes, data entry, and technical report writing
  • Work with the public as a State Park representative and with an interdisciplinary team

ESI Specific Duties Include:

  • Gain experience in the methods and ethics of professional conduct and practice
  • May perform more independent duties in areas of particular expertise

Applicants should have the following qualities:

  • Be flexible, open minded, and able to reason logically
  • Have interest and aptitude in the work
  • Be able to take direction and establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Work well with the public as a State Park representative
  • Ability to work under adverse conditions such as in heavy wind and moving sand
  • Be able to cope with sitting for extended periods monitoring by spotting scope
  • Be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to read and record color band data
  • Willingness to do routine work in order to learn
  • Have experience writing scientific field notes and reports
  • Ability to draw sound conclusions and make appropriate recommendations
  • Have a clean Class C Driver license and be able to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle
  • Have knowledge of general concepts related to biological and environmental issues
  • BA/BS in biological sciences or related field required for qualification as an ESI
  • Birding experience preferred

Starting wage is $13.42/hour (Senior Park Aide) or $13.53/hour (ESI), with one week paid sick after a qualifying pay period (160 hours) and vacation time after six months of employment have been completed. The position is a seasonal full time position (up to 1500 hours/ per year). Housing is not provided. Weekend, holiday, early morning (before dawn), and evening shifts will be required. You will receive full training and work with some of the best experts in the field!
If interested, please mail a Standard State Application (http://jobs.ca.gov/pdf/std678.pdf) by 16 January 2019 to: Mr. Ronnie Glick, Senior Environmental Scientist, at the address above. For more information, contact Ronnie at 805-773-7180, email: ronnie.glick@parks.ca.gov

 


6 November, 2018: Senior Environmental Scientist, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife

Application Methods:

  • Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
  • By Mail
  • Drop-off

Full Job Link: https://www.jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=129688

Job Description and Duties:

Under the general supervision of the Environmental Program Manager I in the Landscape Conservation Planning Program, the incumbent is responsible for having an in-depth knowledge of ecological principals, Department policies, administrative procedures, applicable laws and regulations, and data and tools designed to protect California’s biological diversity. These efforts will be conducted through voluntary conservation planning, in partnership with other State, federal, and local agencies, private landowners, and other stakeholders. This assignment typically includes developing partnerships; communicating and engaging with federal, State, and local agencies and stakeholders on Program components and goals; identifying priority focus areas for planning; providing scientific and policy guidance; identifying, developing, and refining needed regional conservation planning tools; and assisting and training regional staff. A high degree of personal initiative and critical thought is expected. Public contacts made during this work are sensitive and involve a wide variety of special interest groups. Incumbent will make recommendations regarding science, laws, conservation principles, and policies/procedures related to ecosystem-level planning and will collaboratively identify tools and data gaps.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions:

The worksite is in an office building in downtown Sacramento and does not include parking. State housing is not available. This position does not involve telecommuting. The position involves using a computer keyboard several hours a day, attending lengthy meetings in-person and via conference calls, and working with staff statewide to complete work assignments. Occasional travel and field work may be required.

Minimum Requirements:

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents:

Position Details:

Job Code #: JC-129688

Position #(s): 565-039-0765-080

Working Title: Senior ES

Classification: SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST (SPECIALIST)

Salary Range: $6,182.00 – $7,690.00

# of Positions: 1

Work Location: Sacramento County

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information:

Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend. Join us and begin a meaningful new career.

Department Website: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov

Application Instructions:

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply:

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How to Apply:

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Attn: Matthew Hom

P.O. Box 944209

Sacramento, CA 94244

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

CDFW Exam/Cert Unit

P.O. Box 944209

Sacramento, CA 94244

08:00 AM – 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents:

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Other – ***In order to be considered for this position you must provide responses to the supplemental questionnaire as instructed below.***

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications:

In addition to evaluating each candidate’s relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Experience with wildlife and habitat connectivity planning and project implementation, experience in fish and wildlife resource conservation, and possession of a bachelor’s or advanced degree with a major in wildlife, fisheries, ecology, or conservation is preferred. A high degree of personal initiative is expected, and excellent organizational, analytical, written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills are required.

Benefits:

Benefits information may be obtained by going to the California Department of Human Resources website at www.calhr.ca.gov and to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System website for Health Benefits at www.calpers.ca.gov.

Contact Information:

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Department Website: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov

Human Resources Contact: 
Exam/Cert Unit
(916) 653-8120

Hiring Unit Contact: 
Ron Unger
(916) 653-3779

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department’s EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO OFFICE
(916) 653-9089
EEO@wildlife.ca.gov

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

 Supplemental Questionnaire:

Provide responses to the supplemental questionnaire below with your State application. Please keep your collective answers to no more than three pages, single-spaced, using 12-point font.

  1. After reviewing the duty statement for this position, please explain the knowledge, experience and qualifications you would bring to this assignment and what you hope to bring to the position, if selected.
  2. What are some of the key challenges for conservation planning in California and what do you hope may be done to address them? What role and actions would you hope to have in addressing conservation challenges?

 Filing Instructions:

PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE ATTENTION OF MATTHEW HOM

No emailed applications will be accepted.

Indicate Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) – 565-039-0765-080 & RPA# HCPB 18-004 on your application.

We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.

To be considered for this vacancy you must have transfer eligibility based on present or past state civil service eligibility, or passed an exam for this classification.  If you have SROA/Surplus status, please indicate by either attaching your surplus letter or notating it on line 12 of your application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

 


18 October, 2018: Staff Biologist, McCormick Biological, Inc.

McCormick Biological, Inc. (MBI) is a biological consulting firm based out of Bakersfield, CA, that specializes in the biological resources of the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas. MBI staff work from an office and warehouse facility that includes all office equipment required to perform the job tasks. Company vehicles and field equipment are provided for field work. The company has a strong commitment to professional development, and desires team members who are passionate about a career in field biology.

General Staff Biologist Job Description:

Under the supervision of senior staff and working on teams, staff biologists conduct transect surveys following agency-approved methods for the detection of state- and federal-listed species. In addition, staff biologists prepare evaluations of biological resources, identify plants and wildlife observed during surveys, evaluate potential for species occurrence, and monitor construction in compliance with biological/environmental avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures. Staff biologists are responsible for documenting field activities, completing field forms, and preparing reports pursuant to agency and client requirements. Duties may also include general maintenance/preparation of field equipment and other administrative tasks as assigned.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Work is conducted in both field and typical office environments.
  • These positions are based in Bakersfield, CA, but field sites may be distributed throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Occasional over-night travel for up to 5 consecutive days may be required.
  • Field work may be pre-scheduled up to 1-week in advance, but actual work times are typically arranged the day before field work is conducted. Flexibility is highly valued.
  • Field work hours are variable, depending upon biological constraints and client requirements.
  • Staff biologists are classified as non-exempt, with overtime paid at time and a half. This is an hourly position that averages between 30 and 40 hours per week during the course of the year. However, overtime hours are typically available (and required on some jobs) during the field season.
  • Transect surveys may consist of hiking up to several miles per day under variable weather conditions (heat, sun, fog, cold, rain, etc.).
  • Field attire appropriate for hiking is required (e.g., shirts with sleeves, long pants, and hiking boots). Many field sites require additional personal protective equipment (PPE) including, but not limited to, high-visibility vest, safety glasses, fire-resistant clothing, steel-toed boots, hard hats, and H2S monitors. All required safety equipment will be provided by the employer.
  • Potential hazards in the field may include high temperatures, poor air quality, uneven terrain, biting insects, rattlesnakes, and barbed-wire fencing, among others.
  • Staff biologists are expected to understand and follow agency-required protocols for focused biological surveys, when available. Some surveys will require a thorough understanding of species life history and habitat requirements to assist in survey design.
  • Other tasks include, but are not limited to, maintaining/preparing field equipment (e.g., taking company vehicles through car wash, cleaning ice chests/binoculars/etc., bagging ice for field crews), office and warehouse maintenance, gathering recyclables, and shredding paper.

Required Qualifications:

  • Possession of a valid state-issued driver’s license (or ability to obtain a license) is required.
  • Employment is conditional on successfully passing a drug test administered at an off-site laboratory.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.S./B.A., M.S./M.A. from an accredited college or university with emphasis in the biological sciences, ecology, wildlife biology, or related.
  • 3–6 years of field experience with endangered and threatened species of the San Joaquin Valley.
  • Permits to handle state and federal threatened and endangered species are a plus.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work under supervision and be self-directed when needed.
  • Experience with GIS, Google maps, and/or other mapping software.
  • Experience in map reading, orienteering, and/or wilderness survival.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with co-workers in both independent and team situations.
  • Ability to operate a Windows-based computer for word processing, data entry, and/or accessing the Internet.
  • A working cell phone for daily communications.
  • A dependable vehicle for transportation to meetings, conferences, and field locations is a plus (mileage reimbursed).

Location:

  • Bakersfield, CA

Salary:

$24–$32/hour, DOE

Interested candidates should download an application from our Web site:

  • Go towww.mccormickbiologicalinc.com/employment.
  • Scroll down and click “Apply Here” to download an employment application.
  • Do not fill out the application using a Web browser. Instead, download the PDF and fill it out using Adobe Reader.
  • When you’re done filling out the application, click “Submit” at the bottom of the form, and attach your resume and cover letter to the email that is generated before you submit.
  • If you encounter problems with the “Submit” button, please email all application materials tocontact@mccormickbiologicalinc.com instead.

 


18 October, 2018:  Wildlife ecologist with avian / raptor expertise, H. T. Harvey & Associates
We have an immediate opening in the South Bay office of H. T. Harvey & Associates for a full-time, experienced wildlife ecologist with avian/raptor expertise. The successful candidate will have the experience and expertise required for projects pertaining to golden eagles, Swainson’s hawks, burrowing owls, and other raptors. In addition, skills and interest in pursuing diverse ornithological and general wildlife studies will be important. We work on an array of projects from general wildlife surveys to applied conservation efforts to cutting-edge raptor research.
This position reports to a senior avian/raptor ecologist in our headquarters office in Los Gatos, California, and will include duties consistent with the role of an assistant project manager. Examples of primary responsibilities are: coordinating wildlife/ornithological field studies and crews; managing resulting databases and associated QA/QC; assisting with data analyses and technical reporting; managing relevant permits and associated annual reporting; and helping to maintain productive client relationships and exposure within the wildlife conservation and scientific communities.

Required background and skills:

  • Strong academic background (minimum M.S. degree) in wildlife ecology, ornithology, or a related field
  • Broad ecological knowledge and familiarity with the flora and fauna of western North America, especially California
  • At least 2–4 years of post-graduate school experience conducting and coordinating relevant field studies, including involvement in raptor trapping/banding/telemetry and nest monitoring, managing and analyzing resulting databases, and preparing technical documents
  • Familiarity with biological components, impact analyses, regulatory and permitting requirements, and documentation facets of CEQA/NEPA projects, Section 7 and 10 consultations, bird and bat conservation strategies, and eagle conservation plans
  • Strong database management and quantitative skills
  • Excellent communication and technical writing skills
  • Previous experience managing field personnel

Additional qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license with no major traffic violations or multiple minor violations
  • Willingness and availability to travel throughout California and beyond.
  • Willingness to work irregular and long hours, as needed
  • Ability to maintain good physical condition and work in harsh and rapidly changing field environments, in all types of weather conditions, walking over varied terrain, and lifting and carrying upwards of 50 pounds
  • Familiarity with best practices for field safety and low impact principles

How to Apply
Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references through this link:
https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=42db2748-b13a-41da-a951-fccb2d6c4ab1&jobId=39581&lang=en_US&source=CC2&ccId=19000101_000001.

H. T. Harvey & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities, disabled and Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Our employment package includes a competitive salary, medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as a 401K with generous employer match.

 


18 October, 2018:  Southern California Restoration Ecologist, River Partners, San Diego, CA

Organizational Summary:  River Partners is a private, nonprofit corporation based in Chico, California, with offices in Turlock and San Diego, CA. River Partners’ mission is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment.

Position: The Ecologist works with the Biology Department to identify, evaluate, implement and complete restoration, mitigation and consulting activities and interacts with agency staff, research scientists and the public.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does have supervisory responsibilities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Recruiting and training entry-level biologists and interns collecting monitoring and experimental data, entering data into computer databases, completing analyses of information and reporting.
  • Supervising and organizing schedules of biologists to meet contractual obligations and deadlines for restoration, mitigation and consulting projects.
  • Managing budgets for restoration, mitigation and consulting projects.
  • Work in concert with staff for the recruitment and hiring of River Partners professional level personnel
  • Provide budget projections as requested by the accounting department and/or the executive staff.
  • Developing data collection and monitoring protocols, experimental protocols and supervise / manage these activities on an ongoing basis.
  • Collaborating with the field implementation department and assisting in the translation of the site specific design across the project area.
  • Work with public and private sector biology, ecology, engineering and other professional staff to efficiently manage project implementation
  • Develop and deliver presentations to the scientific community, government agencies and the public
  • Securing permits from local, state and federal agencies.
  • Completing site specific restoration plans, and project progress reports.
  • Assisting in translating the site specific design across the project area for implementation.
  • Develop forecasts of annual plant material needs throughout the region
  • Plan and manage collection and maintain the inventory of native plant material
  • Developing data collection and monitoring protocols, experimental protocols and supervise / manage these activities on an ongoing basis.
  • Collaborating with the field implementation department and assisting in the translation of the site specific design across the project area.
  • Working on educational activities for the public, as well as attending public events to promote the organization and its mission.
  • Developing and delivering presentations to the scientific community and the public.
  • Developing and maintaining good relations with agency personnel, contractors, and neighbors.
  • Working long hours and/or weekends in a variety of field conditions.
  • Traveling to multiple restoration projects for planning and monitoring, which may include, which may include River Partners’ other branches.
  • Other duties as required.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • M.S. or PhD. in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related science.
  • Three years of appropriate work experience.
  • Creatively solve problems and learn new skills.
  • Demonstrate good organizational skills and ability to work under multiple deadlines.
  • Driver’s license with no restrictions.
  • Possess the ability to communicate in basic Spanish (preferred, but not required).
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment

To Apply

Email (1) cover letter describing qualifications for this position and interest in River Partners, (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information for three references to Mona Dagy at info@riverpartners.org with “SoCal Ecologist” in the subject line. Applicants may be subject to background checks. The position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified. Please submit questions via email (no phone calls) to info@riverpartners.org. River Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 


 

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