BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIANS (up to 4) needed for ongoing studies of
amphibians as part of a USGS research program at Yosemite National Park.
One or two 2-person field crews will be hired to conduct visual
encounter surveys throughout Yosemite NP, and occasionally in other
parts of California. There may be opportunities to participate in
related research on amphibian chytrid fungus and pesticides.
Successful applicants will have:
– experience conducting field research with vertebrates, preferably amphibians
– strong outdoor skills that include hiking, backpacking, and camping in remote areas
– ability to work well with a field partner under challenging conditions
– experience with maps, PDAs, GPS, and orienteering
USGS will supply all research equipment (e.g., PDA, nets, camera),
camping supplies (e.g., tent, sleeping bag, stove), and a government
vehicle. Housing will not be provided. However, the park typically
provides a campsite at one of the park campgrounds. Availability of a
campsite will not be known until just before work begins.
The job will run from approximately mid-May to early-September. For
most of the season, the work schedule will be ten 8-hour days followed
by four days off. The first day of work will be a Tuesday, with work
ending on Thursday the following week. On occasion, it will be
necessary to work a standard five day week (Mon-Fri).
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and possess a valid driver’s license.
They must also be reliable, self-motivated, in good physical condition,
able to work independently in sometimes remote locations, and able to
maintain a positive attitude under beautiful but sometimes challenging
field conditions that can include dense vegetation, poison oak,
rattlesnakes, and biting insects. The backpacking will be strenuous.
Successful applicants should be prepared to carry heavy packs for long
distances with considerable elevation gain.
Provide sufficient detail to 1) evaluate your background and 2) contact
key people. You need to include a 1-2 paragraph description of what you
did at each job. Include names and current phone numbers (not just
email addresses) for all supervisors and at least three references.
Applications with insufficient information, outdated contact
information, or statements such as “references available by request”
have a tendency to sink to the bottom of the stack.
You must note the dates worked (not just the months), and the average
number of hours worked each week for every job. This is information is
required so the personnel staff can determine whether you qualify for
Salary is approximately $16.75 per hour (GG-06). A backcountry per diem
of $20 per day is paid while in the backcountry. A higher per diem is
paid when conducting surveys away from Yosemite NP.
Mail/email applications to Patrick Kleeman, USGS, Point Reyes National
Seashore, Point Reyes, CA 94956 or email@example.com (415-464-5184).
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until
positions are filled, but no later than January 15, 2012.
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