Sunday, November 29, 2009

Climate Change Biological Field Technician

Job Type: full-time temporary position

Opportunity location: San Francisco Bay area

Closing date (if specified): 11 Dec 2009

Opportunity Description:

Climate Change Biological Field Technician
Position duration: 3-9 months
Rate: GG 5: $17.45/hr
Duty Station: USGS San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station, Vallejo, CA

Global warming and sea-level rise couples with habitat loss and urbanization
are the greatest threats to wetland biodiversity. Our research program goal
is to evaluate the effects of projected sea-level rise on the endangered
species of San Francisco Bay salt marshes. Applicant will gain experience in
climate change science and endangered species research using a variety of
ecological data collection and analysis techniques.

Duties: Biological field technician is needed to assist in field work and
data analysis in evaluating the effect of climate change and sea-level rise
on the salt marsh endangered species. Field work will be done in San
Francisco Bay estuary. Main duties will include: elevation surveys with an
RTK GPS unit and vegetation surveys (50%), water level logger monitoring
(<10%), avian predation surveys(<10%), channel mapping(<10%), data analysis
using ArcGIS and Excel (50%) and other office duties as assigned.

Requirements: Applicant should possess a willingness to work in conditions
requiring hiking long distances doing elevation and vegetation surveys.
Applicant should be comfortable on small boats and in heavy, urban traffic
conditions. Experience with the operation of 4WD vehicles and boats,
computers and file management, and familiarity with San Francisco Bay
wildlife and plant species a plus. Experience using ArcGIS is necessary.
Applicant will often work independently.

Technician may be asked to work long hours (including early morning or
evening hours and some weekend days) to accomplish fieldwork. Good physical
condition, a current driver's license, and a good driving record are
required. Applicants must be able to lift 40 lbs.

Work will potentially begin in early January, 2010

Applications must be received by this date to be considered.

For more info, contact:

To Apply: Email or fax cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:

Kyle Spragens
505 Azuar Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94592
fax: 707-562-3001