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Default Seasonal Seabird Habitat Restoration Biological Technician(s): 1-2

JOB OPENING: Seasonal Seabird Habitat Restoration Biological Technician
LOCATION: Channel Islands National Park, Ventura, California
EMPLOYER: California Institute of Environmental Studies (CIES)

Position Background: One to two biological science technician positions to support habitat restoration and seabird monitoring are available in Channel Islands National Park, Ventura, CA. Habitat restoration work is being conducted to address impacts to seabird populations caused by marine contamination (primarily DDT) in the Southern California Bight (, This is a full time, field-based position with the majority of work conducted on Anacapa, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara islands. A 6-month commitment is required, with a possible 6-month extension pending funding.

Job duties during the winter and spring will support habitat restoration efforts, including nursery propagation, weed removal (hand-weeding and herbicide application), and vegetation surveys. The habitat restoration work will comprise the majority of the workload. Seabird monitoring efforts (March-June) will include nest monitoring for Scripps’s Murrelets and Cassin’s Auklets as well as breeding population monitoring of California Brown Pelicans. Applicants should have a strong interest in island ecology and a desire to work on habitat restoration projects. Enthusiasm for fieldwork and for working in a variety of weather conditions is a must. The ability to work from small boats and on steep slopes is essential. Kayaking experience and basic knowledge of construction and maintenance are preferred skills. Successful candidates must be able to problem solve and work well independently (self-directed and safety conscious) as well as with a team, be willing to work long hours in the field, maintain accurate field notes, possess excellent balance and agility, and be in great physical condition. Much of the work is conducted on small and remote islands and applicants must be able to get along well with others and be able to live and work in close quarters away from mainland life. Special attention to water conservation is necessary in all work locations and applicant must be comfortable with minimal personal water usage.

Qualifications: Preference may be given to those who possess: 1) Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline; 2) prior experience with habitat restoration work, plant propagation, and vegetation surveys; 3) knowledge of native California flora, 4) prior experience with nest searching and bird monitoring; 5) ability to move and lift equipment and materials up to 50lbs; 6) ability to hike in steep, unstable terrain; 7) desire to work in a remote field setting both independently and as part of a field crew; 8) superior observational and data collection skills; 9) excellent written and verbal communication skills; 10) proficiency in Word and Excel.

Employer and Position Duration: The position is for one to two 6-month seasonal biotechs with the possibility to extend 6-months pending funding (for a total of 12 months). Employment will begin in mid-January 2018 and continue through mid-July 2018. Employment is with the nonprofit organization California Institute of Environmental Studies (CIES).

Job Location and Wages: The position is based out of Ventura, CA with regular travel via boat or helicopter to the Channel Islands National Park out of Ventura and Channel Islands (in Oxnard, CA) harbors. Island travel ranges from single day trips to multiple (1-3) weeks on island; the schedule varies seasonally, with year-round fieldwork. Work schedule is generally around 160 hours/month and 20 working days per month. Island work and scheduling is dependent on many factors so flexibility in schedule changes is a must. Island housing is provided and consists of a shared bunkhouse with amenities (bathroom, living room, kitchen, and limited internet). Housing on the mainland is not provided. The position will be $15 per hour with an additional 15% cash benefits. $20 field per diem will be provided for multi-day trips.

Application Submission: Application deadline December 15, 2017. Please email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references (include names, email addresses, and phone numbers) to
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