Wildlife Technicians for Seabird Project


This is a Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation position.  This is not a state position.

Wage: Approximately $18.46 to $22.83 per hour depending on experience and responsibilities. Field site housing provided. This is a full-time, fully benefited position.

Project Name: Common Murre Restoration Project

Supervisor: Richard Golightly Ph.D.

Background and duties: The Common Murre Restoration Project is seeking up to two (pending available funding) Wildlife Technician positions to conduct monitoring of breeding seabirds including Common Murre, Brandt’s Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Western Gull, Black Oystercatcher and Pigeon Guillemot along the central California coast. This project is conducted cooperatively by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex) and Humboldt State University. The purpose of the project is to aid in the recovery of murre colonies that were depleted as a result of oil spills, human disturbance and other anthropogenic factors.

Primary duties will include conducting seabird population and productivity surveys, documenting and reporting human disturbances to seabirds, and database entry. Other duties may include counting seabirds from aerial photographs, conducting surveys of nesting seabirds from a boat, or other related tasks as assigned. Preference may be given to applicants with prior field experience with seabird or other wildlife monitoring or census techniques. Additional evaluation may be based on the applicant’s knowledge and experience with computer use and databases.

Duration: Approximately mid-April to midAugust 2018 depending on project need.

Minimum Qualifications:1) Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biological sciences or related discipline with an emphasis in wildlife biology, restoration or behavior; 2) current driver’s license with a good driving record; 3) ability to sufficiently move and lift equipment up to 50 lbs; 4) ability to regularly hike up to 3 miles in steep/narrow/uneven terrain while carrying up to 50 lbs of gear; and 5) ability to work at the tops of steep cliffs.

Applicants must submit:
1) A SIGNED cover letter which includes the exact job title listed above
2) Résumé
3) Names and phone numbers of two professional references 
4) Completed Employee Information Form
**Please do not staple application packet**

NO EMAIL APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED

For further information please contact Cassie Bednar at (510) 792-0222 ext. 225 or Cassie.bednar@humboldt.edu.


Closing Date: Applications must be postmarked by January 13, 2018 to receive full consideration. Late applications may or may not be considered.

Send completed application to:
Cassie Bednar
ATTN: Wildlife Tech
c/o U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
San Francisco Bay NWRC
1 Marshlands Road Fremont, CA 94555 USA

Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. More information about HSU SPF’s Equal Employment Opportunity hiring can be found here.

For assistance with the application process, please submit an Accommodation Request Form which can be found here or call the SPF Interim Compliance Support Coordinator at (707) 826-5159.