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Trumpeter Swan Technician (USFWS Idaho)

Company: The Great Basin Institute
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: March 28, 2020

Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting one (1) Wildlife Technician to serve in the Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Camas, Grays Lake, and Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuges are within this complex. These refuges were established for the protection of migratory waterbirds and encompass high desert wetlands that these species rely on. Today, these refuges collectively harbor between one-half and three-quarters of the Idaho flock of breeding Trumpeter swans each year. Field work will also be conducted at Red Rock Lakes NWR as well as collaborating national forests and state wildlife management areas. The technician will be primarily responsible for assisting refuge complex biologists with their ongoing investigation into the decline of Idaho Trumpeter swans (80% of time). This will involve long days of field work in often very remote wetland ecosystems. The technician will collect information on nests, cygnet survival, adult survival and molt status, and habitat conditions (vegetation composition and hydrology). The technician will also collect samples for contaminants analyses and assist refuge biologists with the capture of Trumpeter swans for banding. The remaining 20% of this position will require helping the Camas NWR staff with other refuge projects including but not limited to: Mourning dove banding, waterbird banding, long-term vegetation monitoring, habitat restoration monitoring, and bat acoustic surveys. The technician will travel between study sites frequently and stay overnight at different refuges on a weekly basis. This position requires frequent work within remote sites that may require several miles of walking through emergent wetland vegetation each day. Refuge biologists will provide this technician with 2-3 weeks of training on Trumpeter swan related observation protocols with the expectation that the technician will able to operate independently thereafter. Additionally, the technician will receive ATV/UTV operator certification and wetland vegetation identification training. Technical requirements: Bachelors degree or coursework and experience in biology, ecology, or a related field; Field experience that included adhering to field data collections protocols and accurately collecting and recording field data; Interest in the conservation of Intermountain West wetland ecosystems; Knowledge of wildlife ecology and plant taxonomy including use of technical keys; Familiar with binoculars and scopes ; Experience in small watercraft (kayaks and/or canoes) use and working in wetland ecosystems preferred; Experience with bird banding preferred; Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off-road; Knowledge and experience in operating off highway vehicles, which includes Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV), and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), desirable Additional requirements: Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions and on uneven terrain Able to walk up to 10 miles in a day Able to swim Able to work productively both independents as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and follow safe working practices; Communicate effectively with a diverse public; and Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record. The successful applicant(s) must complete the following background checks: (1) AmeriCorps Criminal History Check (state and federal), (2) National Sex Offender registry check, and (3) USDA Forest Service background investigation. HOW TO APPLY: To learn more and apply, please follow the link below: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/careers.aspx?rf=GESJ&req=2020-ACI-030

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