Wildlife/Fisher Crew Lead – Great Basin Institute

Three Rivers, California


The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service, is recruiting a Wildlife/Fisher Crew Lead to support conservation, management and restoration of natural resources/ecosystems in and around Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP (SEKI) to help promote stewardship of public lands during a period of landscape change. The Wildlife/Fisher Crew Lead will use survey and monitoring methods to learn more about occurrence and habitat use by fishers and other wildlife in a landscape altered by tree mortality and fire to better inform fuel and forest management as well as fisher/wildlife conservation in this region. Specifically, the Lead will work cooperatively to:

  • Follow established protocols to conduct non-invasive surveys for fishers and other forest wildlife (e.g., remote cameras, track plates, hair snares); collect basic information at survey sites (e.g., vegetation type, fuels, condition pre- or post-fire); organize photos and tracks for species verification and long-term storage; enter detection and other data from survey sites into a database; and maintain datasheets.
  • Use safe trapping and handling methods to attach GPS and VHF collars to fishers in and around southern Sierra Nevada National Parks; monitor individual fishers to obtain location data (e.g., triangulations, remote downloads from GPS collars, locate rest sites, locate and monitor den sites) and monitor survival; and collect and compile location and sample data from fishers and other species according to established protocols.
  • Work collaboratively with NPS staff, other federal partners, and other researchers to develop additional post-fire survey and monitoring efforts for wildlife in the parks to determine occurrence and habitat use of fishers and other wildlife in forests with different burn severity and adjacent green forest. Likely methods include deploying ARUs and bat detectors, surveying for and monitoring nests of California spotted owls, and surveying for other fauna of interest.
  • Work collaboratively with NPS staff, USGS staff, and USFS colleagues to communicate plans, methods, and results, and assist with summarizing results of all field work for multiple uses.

The Wildlife/Fisher Crew Lead is responsible for assuring fidelity to methods and safety in the field, scheduling, logistics, data and sample management, and effective communication with project principals.  As time and skills allow, Wildlife/Fisher Crew Lead may assist with summarizing data, creating maps (ArcGIS), sending samples to collaborators, helping NPS partners prepare presentations or reports, and

In addition to providing professional experience in natural resource management, this position provides opportunities to support stewardship of public lands and to contribute to the conservation, management and restoration of natural ecosystems and native wildlife in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Contract Timeline:

  • Mid-December 2022 – June 2023 (25 weeks, possible extension dependent on funding)
  • Full time (40 hours per week); some overtime, paid at 1.5 times regular wage, may be required

Location: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Wage: $21.00 per hour
  • Health insurance coverage provided at no cost to you
  • Paid personal leave and holidays
  • Housing: Shared NPS housing is expected to be available for those that do not have local housing; rent will be paid by individual crew members and residents must adhere to housing guidelines. Housing is expected to be in Ash Mountain, possibly Grant Grove or Lodgepole

Job Qualifications:

  • B.S. in biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, or related discipline;
  • Leadership experience, including ability to provide instruction in field/office protocols, to maintain field safety, plan logistics in a challenging location, and to enact low-impact principles;
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate positively and effectively with others – including field crew, NPS contacts, other NPS/USFS staff, land managers, and/or collaborators;
  • Ability to navigate in the field; prefer experience with mapping programs (ArcGIS, Avenza, etc.);
  • Willingness and ability to work/hike in steep terrain on and off-trail, carry moderate to heavy backpack, and carry cage traps with wooden cubbies;
  • Experience setting and checking remote cameras – including photo and data management;
  • Experience locating good sites to set and safely operate traps for mammals;
  • Animal-handling skills, especially experience handling mammals, sensitive species, or carnivores;
  • Experience leading captures beneficial – especially mammals and/or radio-collar attachment;
  • Experience working with fisher and/or marten preferred (monitoring, trapping, or handling);
  • Experience using telemetry to locate animals, especially in mountainous terrain;
  • Experience with other methods of wildlife survey and monitoring beneficial (e.g., bird surveys, setting up bat detectors or Acoustic Recording Units for birds); willingness to work at night as needed  spring/summer to conduct owl surveys;
  • Experience collecting and managing field data and organizing field samples;
  • Familiarity with Sierra Nevada fauna and flora, and experience identifying Sierra trees/shrubs;
  • Familiarity with the mission, goals and operations of the National Park Service and with SEKI Resource Management & Science, preferred;
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the NPS;
  • Required: possess valid driver’s license; experience operating 4-wheel drive vehicles safely on dirt roads or in snow preferred;
  • Required: Current covid vaccine (due to animal handling; no exceptions), current rabies vaccine preferred (if not current, willingness to be vaccinated for rabies).

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