Southern Sierra Research Station

...conserving biological diversity through research

2016 Research Opportunities


Location: Weldon, CA

Dates of Employment: February 15, 2017 to end of April or July

Application deadline: November 30, 2016.

Number of Openings: 1

RESTORATION TECHNICIAN (1) needed to assist in a riparian restoration project on the South Fork of the Kern River in southern California.

Job Description: The Southern Sierra Research Station (SSRS) is looking for a seasonal Restoration Technician (February to either end of April or July) to be based in Weldon, Kern County, California. Primary duties will involve work on a riparian restoration project to benefit special status species including Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Least Bell's Vireo, and Tri-colored Blackbirds. The restoration project involves planting and irrigating new cottonwood-willow riparian habitat (14 acres), enhancing existing riparian habitat (49 acres), and irrigating wildlife grassland areas (48 acres). This project is part of a collaborative effort among the Audubon Kern River Preserve, California Department of Fish and Game, and SSRS. The technician will be responsible for assisting in the implementation of restoration work including: planting and watering of native vegetation, installation, maintenance, and removal of drip irrigation, operation of flood ditches, removal of weeds and non-native vegetation, and possibly vegetation sampling and bird monitoring to ascertain restoration response. The position involves performing heavy manual labor at times and working outdoors in all types of weather. Other duties include operation and maintenance of equipment (tractors, backhoes, off road vehicles), 4WD vehicles, and hand and power tools. The applicant could also assist in monitoring avian community response to the habitat restoration via avian spot mapping May through August depending on their qualifications, however this is not required. The typical schedule is 40hrs/week but will involve very early mornings and weekends and applicant must be willing to be flexible and work with other staff in weekly scheduling.

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in wildlife biology/management/forestry or a closely related field with at least 1 season of field experience (or the equivalent through other work experience that ensures the duties of the job can be met).
  • Must be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, and work well as a team member, and independently, to accomplish project tasks on schedule.
  • Physical ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time over rough terrain; lift and move material weighing up to 50 pounds and work in all types of weather conditions.
  • Experience with restoration is a plus, but not required.
  • Experience with bird-survey methods such as single species surveys, point counts, nest searching, etc., is a plus but not required.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Basic computer skills such as Word and Excel.
  • Ability and experience using ArcMap and GPS units a plus but not required.

    The applicant must supply his/her own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a day pack, work pants, hiking/ work boots, etc. SRSS will provide free housing, tools and equipment, protective gear, and transportation to sites. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. Tree planting begins in February and restoration work continues through April. Bird monitoring will begin in May and could go through July with a possible extension through August.

    Applicants should email a single file including a cover letter stating interest in the position, dates of availability, a resume, and names and contact information (email and phone) of three references to: by 30 November. Applications will be reviewed as received and position filled when a suitable applicant is found. Please include your name in the file name of your attachment (e.g., Darwin_C_application.doc). SSRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Salary is $1,700-$2,200/month DOE. Housing and field vehicle are provided. Shared housing is provided at the Research Station headquarters in Weldon, CA.

    Contact Person: Patti Wohner

    Contact Phone: 760-378-3345

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