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Amphibian/eDNA Field Technician (OR & WA)

Deadline:
Employer:
U.S. Geological Survey
Job Field:
Wildlife
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location:
Oregon
Location Detail:
Corvallis
Job Description:
Temporary Wildlife Technician Position Announcement U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center In collaboration with U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Oregon State University
We have a potential upcoming employment opportunity to assist with an environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling project in the U.S. Pacific Northwest to quantify the presence and distribution of two torrent salamander species (Rhyacotriton cascadae and R. kezeri) in support of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s ESA-listing decisions. The successful candidate will conduct eDNA sampling and amphibian visual encounter surveys in headwater streams throughout the Coast Range and western slope of the Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon and Washington. The position will require operation of 4WD vehicles and hiking to access remote backcountry sites using GPS and compass navigational devices. This position will be through USGS Student Contracting, therefore the applicant must be either a current student, or within 1 year post graduation (degree received no earlier than spring 2018).
This position will be based in Corvallis, Oregon; relocation expenses and housing in Corvallis are not provided. The position may require occasional overnight camping in the field. The successful candidate will be hired through the U.S. Geological Survey and will be required to complete wilderness first aid training if not already certified. A valid US driver’s license, clean driving record, and the ability to work in the US are required for this position.
Anticipated start date: April 1, 2019 Anticipated end date: approximately July 2019 Salary: $17.21 per hour* *This position does not include benefits (i.e., health insurance) or tax withholdings. A miscellaneous 10-99 IRS form will be provided and we recommend withholding ~20% of your paycheck for taxes.
If interested in this opportunity, please submit a resume, statement of interest, and contact information for 3 professional references no later than February 15, 2019. Encrypted material can be sent to lthurman[at]usgs.gov with subject line “Torrent Technician”. Please do not use Gmail’s encryption option, it is not accepted by our email services. If unable to send encrypted, please fax to USGS NOROCK (fax #: 406-994-7525) with “ATTN: Lindsey Thurman” indicated on the front page.
Please direct questions to: Dr. Lindsey Thurman USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center lthurman[at]usgs.gov +1 (406) 994-7833
Qualifications:
Ideally a successful candidate would have the following required qualifications and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, wildlife science, fisheries science, or related science-based field (or approaching completion of BA/BS)
- Highly experienced hiking and navigating off trail in rugged mountain terrain for up to 12 miles per day carrying up to 40lb pack
- Prior experience as a biological technician working in aquatic systems
- Comfortable working long, variable hours in the field in inclement weather conditions, particularly spring mountain conditions (i.e., variable precipitation and cold temperatures)
- Trained, experienced, and comfortable working safely in bear country
- Able to work independently in the field with little supervision and alongside others as a team member
 
Additional preferred qualifications and experience:
- Wilderness First Aid Certification
- Prior experience working with amphibians
- Prior experience working in mountain environments
- Prior experience working in coldwater rivers and/or streams
- Prior experience collecting aquatic eDNA samples and/or experience in a genetics lab
- Identification skills of aquatic amphibian species of the Pacific Northwest, particularly salamanders
- Experience driving 4WD vehicles on off-road terrain
Salary:
$17.21 per hour (Student Contractor)
How to Apply:

If interested in this opportunity, please submit a resume, statement of interest, and contact information for 3 professional references no later than February 15, 2019. Encrypted material can be sent to lthurman[at]usgs.gov with subject line “Torrent Technician”. Please do not use Gmail’s encryption option, it is not accepted by our email services. If unable to send encrypted, please fax to USGS NOROCK (fax #: 406-994-7525) with “ATTN: Lindsey Thurman” indicated on the front page.

Please direct questions to:

Dr. Lindsey Thurman

USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

lthurman[at]usgs.gov

+1 (406) 994-7833