In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Fisheries Technician to support the Cooperative Recovery Initiative to prevent the extinction of Pahranagat roundtail chub, which is a federally listed endangered species. The main responsibility of this position will be to provide field monitoring support to the Southern Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office’s recovery work for Pahranagat roundtail chub in Pahranagat Valley, Lincoln County, Nevada. Additionally, this position would provide field and office support to biologists in the USFWS Ecological Services (ES) and Partners for Fish and Wildlife branches. Tasks would include recovery work for federally threatened and endangered species in southern Nevada. Ideal candidates would be recent college graduates with background and experience in fisheries management looking to gain experience working alongside a dedicated group of natural resource professionals.
• PIT tag monitoring: active/passive fish capture (dip netting, hoop netting, etc.), tagging (anesthetizing fish, inserting PIT tags), downloading data, and performing routine site maintenance
• Larval sampling with plankton nets
• Snorkel surveys
• Working cooperatively with federal, state, and private partners
• Drafting summary reports and presenting monitoring activities at recovery implementation team meetings
As time allows, other duties may include:
• Checking camera traps at culvert sites and sorting through photos
• Collecting water samples for an eDNA project
• Springsnail surveys
• Mt. Charleston blue butterfly surveys
• Representing USFWS/GBI at outreach events
• Assisting the ES biologist with recovery work for threatened and endangered fish
• Assisting the Partners biologist with habitat restoration on private lands (fence building, cutting cattails, vegetation monitoring)
In addition, the Fisheries Technician will attend the Desert Fishes Council meeting in Albuquerque, NM during 15-19 November 2016.
o Annual appointment beginning August 2016 upon successful completion of a DOI Background Investigation
o Possibility of extension pending performance review and funding availability
o 40 hours per week; some overtime may occasionally be required
o $15 field per diem
o Health insurance
Location: The Southern Nevada Fish and Wildife Office is located in Las Vegas, NV. Field work will primarily take place on a variety of public and private lands within the Mojave Desert ecosystem, including some work within Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge and Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
o Bachelor’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), wildlife ecology or management, or related field, preferably in the field of fishery biology;
o Familiarity and experience with standard fisheries management approaches and techniques, such as active/passive fish capture by dip netting or hoop netting, fish handling and tagging, larval sampling with plankton nets, and conducting snorkel surveys;
o Familiarity with and interest in the ecology of aquatic desert habitat and associated resource management issues;
o Experience in collecting data accurately and completely and entering data correctly into a computer system;
o Ability to use GPS units to record and locate points and to record field data; and
o Familiarity with use of ArcGIS to create, import, and export maps and data.
o Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
o Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads;
o Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
o Possess strong organizational skills;
o Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with the public, coworkers, and Technical Advisors both orally and in writing, and respond in a professional manner to inquiries from the public regarding work activities;
o Ability to safely conduct strenuous fieldwork requiring regular physical exertion including hiking on uneven terrain;
o Ability to lift and carry heavy items, such as equipment packs weighing up to 50 pounds, on a regular basis;
o Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred; and
o Ability to pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.
How to apply: Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal:
Research Associate Program Recruitment Coordinator
Great Basin Institute
16750 Mt. Rose Hwy.
Reno, NV 89511
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