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Junior Specialist: John Muir Institute of the Environment

This position will participate in interdisciplinary studies focusing on ornithology and vegetation ecology of the Great Basin (eastern California, western and central Nevada, southern Idaho, and central Utah). General responsibilities include conducting point counts of breeding birds, searching for nests, and measuring vegetation structure and composition with multiple protocols. The position will maintain detailed data records and interact with local resources managers and the public. The activities expected of the position will lead to analyses and interpretations suitable for inclusion in manuscripts that will be submitted to peer-reviewed scientific journals. The position will interact with multidisciplinary teams of ecologists and geographers and engage in professional discussions relevant to the work. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communications, and decision-making skills, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor degree in ecology, natural resources, or a related field with two or more years of experience in remote field settings.
Experience and proficiency in identification of western birds by sound and sight.
Experience performing point counts or similar surveys of breeding birds.
Experience measuring vegetation structure and composition.
Excellent organizational skills, including ability to collect and maintain accurate hard-copy data records.
Good physical condition and the ability to work independently in remote field settings, including regular camping in the field.
Valid Driver's License issued in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience driving four-wheel drive vehicles on county-maintained roads.
Ability to operate manual-transmission vehicles.
CPR and first aid certifications.

Salary Range: Junior Specialist, Step l - $17.99/hour or Step II - $19.18/hour commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Term of Appointments: Short-term, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments at 50%, but may be up to 100%.

To Apply:

Please go to the following link: Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications, including but not limited to their ability to identify western birds by sound and sight and their previous experience with ornithological survey methods, experience with identification and measurmentof the Great Basin flora, and backcountry experience. Applicants also must submit a curriculum vitae or resume. Documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs. Applicants also must provide contact information (including email and telephone number) for three professional references.

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