Greater Sage-grouse Field Research Crew Leaders, Technicians, and Interns

Agency:=09U.S. Geological Survey

Location: Nevada and/or NE California/Eastern Sierra

Job Description: US Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and Idaho State University (ISU), is seeking to fill multiple positions for Crew Leaders, Technicians, and Interns to conduct avian biological surveys primarily targeted at greater sage-grouse at multiple study sites across Nevada and California. Primary duties may include capture and handling of sage-

grouse, lek counts, radio telemetry monitoring, nest videography, habitat sampling, avian predator surveys, data entry and management, and other biological surveys as needed.  Work hours will be irregular and include nights and early mornings, as well as weekends. The Nevada landscape is beautiful but rugged and challenging to work in. Temperature extremes can range from well below freezing to above 100 degrees F, and inclement weather is always a possibility.=20=20=20

These temporary, full-time appointments are scheduled to last from the first week of March through the beginning of August, with the potential for employment to extend depending on funding and performance. Primitive field housing will be provided, and successful applicants will be required to stay on site during work periods.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in a single word document saved with applicant=92s last name to: and Please indicate in your cover letter if you would prefer Crew Leader, Technician, or Intern positions, and if you are not interested in one or more positions. Cover letters and correspondence may be addressed to Rebecca Kelble and John Severson. Please include =93Greater Sage-grouse position=94 in the subject line.

Positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified, and interested applicants should submit applications as soon as possible.

Qualifications:=09B.S. degree in a natural resource field preferred although experienced undergraduates are encouraged to apply for intern positions. U.S. citizen with valid driver=92s license required.=20 Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike long distances over rough terrain often in inclement weather (snow, rain, hail, high winds).  Ability to take direction and work independently, strong work ethic, a willingness to learn and a desire to gain experience while maintaining enthusiastic attitude and good communication with field supervisor is essential for all positions. Prior experience driving ATVs/4×4 vehicles over rough terrain is also preferred for all positions.

Crew Leaders: We are seeking individuals with extensive experience working on wildlife-related field research projects, previous experience with animal capture and handling and radio-telemetry, and strong interpersonal communication skills.  Prior supervisory experience, or demonstrated potential for supervising field crews, is preferred.

Technicians: Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience assisting with wildlife field research.  Previous experience with animal capture and handling and radio-telemetry are also preferred.=20

Interns:  Internships will be offered to applicants that can demonstrate a passion for wildlife ecology, a willingness to learn new techniques and work as part of a team, and a desire to work hard in a remote but beautiful field setting.  Previous field experience is desirable, but not required.

Salary:=09Crew Leaders: ($2400/mo)

Technicians: ($2000/mo)

Interns ($900/mo living stipend)

Last Date to apply:=0902/15/2017


Contact:=09Rebecca Kelble and John Severson

E-mail: and (Preferred)