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

29 November, 2020:  Research Technician (Tortoise Habitat Quality), U.S. Geological Survey (GG-0404-05) – southern Nevada.

Job Description: The U.S. Geological Survey is recruiting 3 field biological science technicians (starting in January 2021) to assist with research for a new project designed to understand habitat quality for Mojave desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) in southern Nevada. We are looking for staff to 1) assist in quantifying how habitat conditions (e.g. annual vegetation production and diversity) impact tortoise growth, clinical condition, and physiological status; 2) document preferred forage plants by conducting vegetation surveys and observing tortoise bite counts each month; and 3) monitoring the ecology, movement, and behavior of tortoises in select habitats. Specifically, we are looking for staff to monitor selective forage plants and quantify bites for Mojave desert tortoises. This position requires patience, organization, and a love of plant ID and tortoise ecology. Our field station is based in Henderson, Nevada. Duties will primarily be fieldwork based and will include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying annual and perennial Mojave desert vegetation;
  • Documenting tortoise forage preference using bite-count surveys;
  • Using radio telemetry to monitor tortoise movement and behavior;
  • Conducting field surveys to document the location and condition Mojave desert tortoises and their habitat at multiple sites in Clark County, NV;
  • Conducting vegetation and disturbance surveys to document habitat conditions;
  • Attaching, removing, downloading, and troubleshooting radio transmitters and GPS data loggers;
  • Evaluating tortoises for clinical health status (health assessments) and body condition;
  • Collecting tissue samples (e.g. blood, oral swabs, and other biological samples) and morphological measurements;
  • Using software programs including Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel), relational databases (e.g. Filemaker Pro), ArcGIS, and R to enter, organize, QA/QC, and analyze data;
  • Assisting with the day-to-day operations of field research (e.g. preparing supplies, vehicles and equipment maintenance)
  • Participating in other research projects as needed.

The data collected from this project will be used to better understand tortoise populations trends, movement patterns, diet, habitat suitability and use, and home range characteristics, as well as aid in the understanding of how environmental conditions influence health, physiology, incidence and transmission of disease, population connectivity, and genetic diversity.

We are seeking applicants in great physical condition and capable of hiking long distances over rugged desert terrain, all while carrying a 30-lb pack. A positive attitude, flexibility, attention to detail, interest in ecological research, ability to follow data collection protocols, and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team are also requirements. Experience with Mojave Desert annual and perennial plant identificationbroad botanical training, desert tortoises (or other turtles), analysis of ecological data, R scripting and uses is preferred.

Schedules are highly variable, can change will little notice, and will sometimes require early mornings (3AM) start times, long days, and a few weekends of work.

Qualifications: 9 months of field experience OR 3 years of sub-professional experience OR 3 years of college with courses related to biological sciences (equivalent to 90 semester/135 quarter hours) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience. Subprofessional experience consists of working as a technician or aid in the field or in a laboratory or similar environment. A valid U.S. driver’s license and pre-employment physical are required. All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Salary: $18.28-hourly, plus paid vacation and sick days.

Position: This position will be classified as a Biological Science Technician GG-0404-05 and GG-0404-06 and will be temporary, not-to-exceed 180 working days (~ 9 months).

Application instructions: For each position on your resume, please include the number of hours worked per week, as well as exact start and end dates (month/day/year).

Email resumes and the contact information for at least three references to Kristina Drake and Caleigh Quick via by 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please include reference number #WERC 73-21-01 BST Henderson in the subject line.

14 November, 2020:  Desert Biologist, Wildlands

Immediate Opening for Desert Biologist

Wildlands an immediate opening for a full-time, experienced wildlife biologist with Desert Tortoise/ Mohave Ground Squirrel experience. We are seeking an extremely independent, self-motivated worker to manage/monitor approximately 25,000-acres of preserved desert tortoise and Mohave ground squirrel habitat throughout the Mojave and Colorado deserts. Responsibilities include annual monitoring, desert tortoise reconnaissance surveys, Mohave ground squirrel camera trapping, habitat assessments, non-native vegetation management, removing trash/debris, and fencing/signage repair. The position requires the ability to identify desert fauna, delineate State waters, and distinguish between numerous species of native and non-native vegetation. One to two weeks of travel per month may be required in certain months to maintain other preserved areas, as needed.

Minimum requirements:

  • Experience with desert tortoise surveys and techniques.
  • General knowledge of desert flora and fauna.
  • Ability and willingness to spend the majority of time working outdoors in extremely hot environmental conditions.
  • Physically able to walk in excess of 20 miles/day.
  • One to two weeks of travel per month may be required.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to write technical documents.
  • At least 18 years old with a valid California driver’s license and a clean and insurable DMV record.


  • Bachelor’s or Associates Degree in Wildlife, Biology, or related fields.
  • Agricultural or similar background.
  • Current California pesticide applicators license.
  • Experience in the operation of 4wd vehicles, trailers, and ATVs.
  • Located in West Mojave Desert.
  • Basic mechanical skills.
  • Experience with Mohave ground squirrel camera trapping.
  • Experience with western burrowing owl surveys.
  • Experience with flat-tailed horned lizards.

Please send your resume to



Thank you for your interest in Wildlands.

Permanent Position

Salary: DOE

14 November, 2020: Associate Biologist, Stantec, San Diego, CA

11 November, 2020: Research Scientist I, B. Braun Medical Inc., Irvine, CA


About B. Braun

  1. Braun Medical Inc., a leader in infusion therapy and pain management, develops, manufactures, and markets innovative medical products and services to the healthcare industry. Other key product areas include nutrition, pharmacy admixture and compounding, ostomy and wound care, and dialysis. The company is committed to eliminating preventable treatment errors and enhancing patient, clinician and environmental safety. B. Braun Medical is headquartered in Bethlehem, Pa., and is part of the B. Braun Group of Companies in the U.S., which includes B. Braun Interventional Systems, Aesculap® and CAPS®.

Globally, the B. Braun Group of Companies employs more than 61,000 employees in 64 countries. Guided by its Sharing Expertise® philosophy, B. Braun continuously exchanges knowledge with customers, partners and clinicians to address the critical issues of improving care and lowering costs. To learn more about B. Braun Medical, visit


Position Summary:

This position shall be part of the Quality Department and work cross functionally with various departments. The incumbent shall participate in idea generation, screening, and proof-of-concept activities for building a robust pharmaceutical product portfolio. This is a laboratory based position, and the incumbent shall be responsible for designing & executing experimental protocols for assessing the technical feasibility of the conceptualized product. The focus areas include Injectable drugs (generic & 505b2), Duplex® systems, Parenteral nutrition, and Product enabling formulation and drug delivery technologies (solubilized systems, lyophilization, drug-device combinations, etc.).

Responsibilities: Essential Duties

  • Plans, organizes, and conducts experiments and research activities.
  • Builds and tests new designs, formulations, materials, or systems for compliance with quality and/or performance standards
  • Processes and analyzes results and data.
  • Collaborates with Senior/Principal Scientists and/or management to apply the results of research and develop new techniques.

The job function listed is not exhaustive and shall also include any responsibilities as assigned by the Supervisor from time to time.

Expertise: Knowledge & Skills

  • Requires full working knowledge of relevant business practices and procedures in professional field. Uses standard theories, principles, and concepts and integrates them to propose course of action.
  • Knowledge of USP, EP, cGMP/GLP, FDA CFR & ICH regulations and guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of chemical theories, concepts, test methods and instrumental methods.
  • Analytical and research skills
  • Strong communication (written and verbal), attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Works under general supervision. Relies on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish assigned goals. May periodically assist in orienting, training, assigning & checking the work of other peers.
  • Judgement is required in resolving complex problems based on experience.
  • Contacts are primarily with direct supervisor, peers and subordinates.
  • Analytical Methodologies and Validation Experience Preferred.


Expertise: Qualifications – Experience/Training/Education/Etc


  • Master’s degree required or equivalent combination of Bachelor’s degree and directly relevant experience and certifications.
  • 6-8 years related experience
  • Applicable industry certification preferred


  • N/A

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

  1. Braun offers an excellent benefits package, which includes healthcare, a 401(k) plan, and tuition reimbursement. To learn more about B. Braun and our safety healthcare products or view a listing of our employment opportunities, please visit us on the internet at

Through its “Sharing Expertise®” initiative, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare products and services.

Apply Here:

10 November, 2020: Seasonal Field Biologist, Santa Ana Watershed Association

Company Profile

 The Santa Ana Watershed Association (SAWA) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and enhancement of the natural resources in the Santa Ana River watershed located in southern California. SAWA collaborates with many local and regional stakeholders and resource agencies to affect large-scale, science-based habitat restoration, biological monitoring and endangered species recovery. The Biological Monitoring Program (BMP) of the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) for Western Riverside County is responsible for monitoring 146 covered species and associated habitats as outlined in the MSHCP. At this time, we are pleased to announce an opening for a seasonal MSHCP Field Biologist. This is a seasonal position for full-time hours, with a Monday through Friday work schedule, March – June, 2021.  The MSHCP BMP department fosters a talented, highly skilled and energized workforce. SAWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in the workplace.

Job Description

This effort will provide an opportunity to make significant contributions to the BMP throughout western Riverside County in California. This position will require the incumbent to be a self-starter with proven biological monitoring experience, excellent communication skills, positive attitude, and a strong work ethic. The successful candidate will work both independently and with a team of biologists, under the direct supervision of the BMP Biologist Supervisor. The Field Biologist works in the field (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. This is a seasonal position that is expected to be from 1 March through 30 June, 2021.

Primary duties include:

  1. Conduct biological surveys for MSHCP Covered wildlife, rare plant species and native vegetation communities, with an emphasis on Quino Checkerspot Butterfly.
  2. Prepare survey station waypoints for upload to GPS units.
  3. Collect field data in the prescribed manner, following established protocols.
  4. Digitize data using an established Microsoft Access database, and perform quality assurance checks on entered data.
  5. Assist with report preparation.
  6. Attend meetings and training as assigned.
  7. Complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision in a timely fashion.
  8. Expected to operate 4WD vehicles, digital equipment and GPS units.

Basic Requirements:

  1. Two years of experience conducting biological surveys, preferably for more than one taxonomic group.
  2. Knowledge of southern California flora, and the ability to identify targeted and co-occurring species in western Riverside County. Experience using dichotomous keys, especially the Jepson Manual, is particularly desirable.
  3. Experience conducting surveys for, and handling rare, sensitive, and federally- or state-listed wildlife or plants.
  4. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products and mapping programs including ArcGIS and Google Earth.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively, follow verbal and written instructions, strictly adhere to safety and other company rules, and work collaboratively with a variety of groups and individuals.
  6. Ability to work cooperatively with others, and independently with little to no supervision.
  7. Ability to record ecological data clearly and accurately.
  8. Ability to work long days and occasional evening shifts.
  9. Ability to work under, and tolerate exposure to, variable environmental conditions (e.g., rough uneven terrain, aquatic environments, seasonally harsh temperatures, etc.), and be capable of carrying a 25 to 30-pound backpack.
  10. Must complete training for, and be willing to use, Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
  11. Must own and operate a reliable vehicle and provide proof of current registration and insurance. Mileage is reimbursed at the federal rate.
  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).


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.


The Seasonal Field Biologist is a temporary hourly position that works under the direct supervision of the Biologist Supervisor.


Position Hiring Range:  $20.26/hour

Employment Requirements:

o   Valid state driver’s license with current proof of driving record.

o   Final candidate will be subject to a physical exam, drug screening test and background check.

To Apply:

 E-mail (1) cover letter describing qualifications for the position and interest in SAWA (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses) of three references to: Jennette El Morsy at Please include “MSHCP Seasonal Field Biologist – Your Name” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: Open until filled. First round of application review begins November 30, 2020.