Southern Sierra Research Station

...conserving biological diversity through research

2016 Research Opportunities


WILDLIFE/RESTORATION BIOLOGIST

Location: The South Fork of the Kern River situated in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada in southern California

Dates of Employment: Permanent Full Time

Application deadline: April 15, 2016, though applicants will be considered as they are submitted, please apply early.

Number of Openings: 1

Job Description: The Southern Sierra Research Station (SSRS) is looking for a full time Research Associate to fill a permanent position in Weldon, California. Primary duties will involve work on a riparian restoration project on the South Fork Kern River, Kern County, CA, which is located in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada. This restoration project involves planting new riparian habitat (14 acres), and enhancing existing riparian habitat (49 acres) and wildlife grassland areas (48 acres). The biologist will be responsible for assisting in the overall implementation of restoration work including: planting and watering of native vegetation; installation, maintenance, and removal of drip irrigation; removal of weeds and non-native vegetation; vegetation sampling to ascertain restoration response; and the supervision, coordination, and training of seasonal field technicians (SSRS and contracted) to help accomplish these tasks.

The applicant will also assist in monitoring avian (and other wildlife) response to the habitat restoration. This work includes avian point counts, spot mapping, and single species surveys (Willow Flycatcher and Yellow-billed Cuckoo). Other duties include conducting or assisting in logistical preparation for the field season, performing maintenance of equipment and vehicles, data management, data preparation and analyses, giving community and scientific presentations, and report writing.

This is a large project with several SSRS staff members responsible for various project components. The applicant is expected to work well as a team member, and independently, to accomplish project tasks on schedule. The biologist will also have opportunities to work on other projects and will be expected to take on responsibilities that are not directly related to the main research project.

Minimum Qualifications: B.S (or equivalent experience) in wildlife biology (Master's degree preferred) or a closely related field with at least 3 seasons of field experience and at least one job with supervisory experience. Must be self-motivated and have a strong work ethic. Must be physically fit for field work. Experience with bird-survey methods (such as single species surveys, point counts, nest searching, etc.) and knowledge of basic statistics and R statistical software strongly preferred. Previous experience working on habitat restoration projects is a plus, but not required. Grant writing experience is also a plus.

To apply, applicants should e-mail a single file (Word or Pdf) which includes: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references to: mjwhitfield.ssrsATgmail.com. Please include your name in the file name of your attachment (e.g. Darwin_C_application.doc). Position open until filled, preferred starting time between early to mid-May. Salary is $32,000 to $35,000/yr (depending on experience) with generous vacation and health benefits. The Southern Sierra Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


SOUTHWESTERN WILLOW FLYCATCHER FIELD ASSISTANTS

Location: The South Fork of the Kern River situated in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada in southern California

Duration: May to late-August. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible

Job Type: Seasonal

Application deadline: Applications should be submitted by 31 March 2016.

Number of Openings: 5

Job Description: Five field assistants are needed to assist with research on a population of Southwestern Willow Flycatchers (WIFL) along the South Fork of the Kern River in southern California. The study aims to understand factors affecting population dynamics and breeding success of this endangered subspecies. We also anticipate opportunities for field assistants to assist in SSRS Kern Yellow-billed Cuckoo research. The study site is situated in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada. Join us to work in this beautiful valley with these challenging birds.

Assistants will participate in WIFL population surveys, nest searching, target netting, resighting color-banded birds, cowbird trapping, vegetation sampling, and data entry. Probable cuckoo work involves conducting cuckoo surveys, assisting in banding, and nest searching. Enthusiasm for fieldwork, persistence, and ability to deal with hard field conditions (extreme heat, rough, uneven terrain) are more important than past experience or specific knowledge. Previous experience mistnetting and/or the ability to identify western birds by sight and sound is a plus. There may be opportunities to participate in our Flammulated Owl nest box monitoring program and riparian bird point counts.

All applicants must be able to work independently and as part of a team. The positions will last from May to late-August. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. Housing and work vehicles are provided and salaries are $1,600-$1,900/month for Assistants, according to experience.

Applicants should email a single file (word or pdf) which includes 1) cover letter stating their interest in the position, dates of availability, 2) a resume, and 3) names and contact information (email and phone) of three references to: Mary Whitfield (mjwhitfield.ssrs AT gmail.com) at the Southern Sierra Research Station (www.southernsierraresearch.org). Please include your name in the file name of your attachment (e.g. Darwin_C_application.doc). The Southern Sierra Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are unable to employ non-US citizens without a current Employment Authorization Document (EAD).