Environment Wildlife (Bat) Technician
In cooperation with the National Park Service’s Mojave Desert Inventory & Monitoring Network (MOJN), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting an experienced Wildlife Technician Research Associate (RA) to work cooperatively with National Park Service staff to implement our bat monitoring plan. Bat monitoring is part of a collaboration between the Mojave Desert Network Inventory & Monitoring Program and National Parks of the Mojave Desert Network. Bats have recently become a conservation concern due to the spread of a novel disease known as White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). Additionally, the Technician will assist with vegetation monitoring. MOJN I&M has developed and standardized monitoring protocols to collect scientifically rigorous data on a prioritized set of vital signs that will aid parks in managing their natural resources.
General Duties Include:
• Conducting acoustic monitoring following the North American Bat Monitoring Program protocol with some slight modifications
• Capturing and handling bats to collect White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) sampling data (note that this duty may not occur due to potential restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic)
• Implementing vegetation monitoring protocols designed to address MOJN I&M’s vital signs (training will be provided); protocols include Integrated Upland (IU) and Desert Spring Vegetation
• Walking long distances over uneven terrain
• Hiking with backpacks that weigh 30+ pounds
• Collecting vegetation data using established procedures
• Taking GPS points and photos at work sites
• Conducting quality analysis/quality control (QA/QC) for all data collected, both in the field and in the office
• Collaborating with MOJN staff in project planning, oversight of field safety and logistics, field protocol and data QA/QC, equipment organization and maintenance
The field work is dynamic and may be carried out across a variety of MOJN parks including Castle Mountains National Monument, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Great Basin National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Mojave National Preserve. This position will require regular travel and camping during the field season in order to ensure that all plots are successfully completed during the field season. Work may require long hours including nights, early mornings, and weekends. The Technician will assist with acoustic and capture surveys for bats as well as Integrated Upland (IU) shrub monitoring and Desert Spring Vegetation monitoring. Additional opportunities may be provided for the Technician to participate in other projects and activities. Candidates for this position must be flexible and adaptable, willing to switch back and forth between projects from week to week. Projects will include bat and vegetation monitoring, sometimes working with MOJN and other seasonal staff. Additionally, the Technician may occasionally lead a two-person acoustic bat monitoring field crew.
• $15.00 per hour
• Camping per diem rate of $20 for each night in field
• Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you
• Paid leave and holidays
• Approximately 6-month appointment beginning January 2021, or pending availability and completion of DOI Background Investigation;
• Full time, 40 hours per week; overtime and/or weekend hours may be required occasionally;
• Schedules include working from an office, 2-5 day car-camping field trips, and occasional 8-day car-camping field trips.
The Mojave Desert Network’s (MOJN) main office is located in Boulder City, Nevada near Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Boulder City is a 20 minute drive from the city of Henderson, which lies on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses nearly 1.5 million acres in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, including mountains, canyons, valleys, and two vast lakes. From the mouth of the Grand Canyon, the park follows the Arizona-Nevada border along what was formerly 140 miles of the Colorado River. Opportunities for recreation abound.
MOJN consists of eight National Park Service units: Castle Mountains National Monument, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Great Basin National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Mojave National Preserve. These park units are spread across three states: Arizona, California, and Nevada. The MOJN parks fall within three contiguous semi-arid desert ecosystems, from the Great Basin Desert in the north, to the Mojave Desert, and then to the Sonoran Desert in the south.
Housing is not provided, although there might be park housing available at a reasonable rate.
• Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology or in one of the major natural sciences
• Applicants with a background in bat monitoring, preferred
• Interest in and familiarity with the ecology, conservation and management of bats and their habitats
• Experience in performing bat surveys, including capturing bats using mist nets, handling, and identifying bat species using dichotomous keys and acoustic monitoring
• Possess a current rabies titer, preferred
• Experience with acoustic monitoring of bats including Pettersson detectors and Sonobat software, preferred
• Ability to utilize dichotomous keys for plant identification with knowledge of and/or field experience in plant ecology in the Mojave Desert and Great Basin region, desired
• Experience with identifying upland desert, riparian and wetland plant species, desired
• Experience living or working in, and/or knowledge of Mojave Desert, desirable
• Experience in performing field work and applying methodological protocols for collecting field data
• Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation
• Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass
• Experience using ArcGIS software
• Experience in data management and quality control, including specialized software such as GPS and MS Access
• Ability to work in all types of weather and terrain in the harsh Mojave Desert environment
• Ability to live and work in rural and remote field sites, as well as in an office environment
• Willingness and ability to work safely and productively, hike long distances carrying 30+ pounds, and lift, carry and use equipment in harsh, variable desert conditions, including in extreme heat
• Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred
• Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience
• Motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter that has the flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities and possesses strong organizational skills
• Willingness to work a variable schedule, possibly including some weekends
• Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads.
Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application. If possible, please include your cover letter and resume in a single document.
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