California Condor Monitoring Technician
Yurok Tribe / Great Basin Institute
Skills And Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field, such as biology, ecology, environmental science, or wildlife management;
• Experience with wildlife monitoring or surveying, such as field-tracking using radio-telemetry;
• Experience working with California condors or other vulture or raptor species; and
• Experience working in remote and/or challenging field conditions.
• Work safely and productively, both independently and in teams, and in a variety of work settings, to accomplish NCCRP objectives;
• Collect and maintain complete and accurate data according to established protocols;
• Work long days in dynamic environments and variable weather conditions, including heat, cold, and rain;
• Operate and maintain a diverse range of equipment, including binoculars and spotting scopes; hand and power tools; and electronic equipment, including tablets, computers, and GPS units;
• Hike up to 10 miles/day on uneven terrain, and lift and move weights in excess of 50lbs;
• Drive long distances for condor field-tracking or translocation;
• Safely drive 4WD vehicles, such as pickups and ATVs, on poorly maintained roads;
• Camp in primitive conditions for up to several days at a time;
• Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing;
• Handle livestock carcasses in varying states of decay;
• Maintain productivity and a professional demeaner in challenging working conditions; and
• Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status; (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards); (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks; (4) Adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) Will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
*All Great Basin Institute employees and AmeriCorps Volunteers are required to receive a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, unless a medical or religious exemption is submitted and approved (medical exemptions also require a physician’s signature).
Duties And Responsibilities:
The Northern California Condor Restoration Program (NCCRP) is a collaborative conservation entity between partners Yurok Condor Restoration Program (YCRP), a program within the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Department, and Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP; National Park Service). NCCRP is committed to restoring California condors (Gymnogyps californianus) to northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
The Great Basin Institute (GBI), in cooperation with YCRP, is recruiting up to four (4) AmeriCorps technicians to conduct condor population monitoring and management activities in northern California and the broader region. Technicians will gain valuable endangered species conservation experience and have the privileged opportunity to contribute to the reintroduction of the first condors to exist in northern California since their extirpation more than a century ago.
Technician duties will be primarily field-based. Schedules may vary based on project needs, but technicians will serve an average of 40 hours per week, typically with a four-days-on and three-days-off schedule. Technicians will coordinate with YCRP and RNSP staff, as well as staff from NCCRP partners, and will report to the YCRP Manager and the YCRP Lead Field Biologist or designated YCRP Field Crew Supervisor.
Technicians must be able to competently perform all necessary field duties, which are diverse, variable throughout the day, and include:
• Field-tracking and monitoring condors via radio- and satellite-telemetry and visual observations;
• Collecting, entering, and managing data on condor activity, behavior, health, and other metrics using datasheets, tablets, and other devices, in both field and office settings;
• Maintaining NCCRP facilities, vehicles, and equipment and supplies, including cleaning and organizing, light construction, and vegetation management;
• Handling domestic and wild animal carcasses, such as calves, goats, and deer, for use as condor food resources;
• Navigating by foot and vehicle in remote locations using GPS units, compass, and maps;
• Assisting with condor trapping and handling; and
• Interacting and sharing information in a professional manner with diverse audiences, including private landowners, the general public, and representatives from collaborating organizations.
Salary And Benefits:
Technicians will be based near NCCRP headquarters in Orick, California, within both Redwood National and State Parks managed lands and Yurok Ancestral Territory, and mere minutes from the world’s tallest trees, the Pacific Ocean, and countless recreational opportunities.
Compensation and Benefits:
• Living Allowance: approximately $410 biweekly before taxes (Total living allowance value is dependent on term length details.)
• Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,172.50 for 6-month appointment and $4,441.50 for 9-month appointment (Upon successful completion, the award may be used for past, present, or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition.)
• Onsite housing provided at no cost in shared, dormitory-style accommodations (Should housing be unavailable, an additional housing stipend will be provided.)
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost
Two different appointment lengths are currently available:
• 6-month appointment from early February to early August 2022
• 9-month appointment from early February to early November 2022
Please indicate your preferred appointment length in your cover letter. Extensions of up to several months may be available for individuals who have demonstrated superlative performance.
Visit the Great Basin Institute employment web page to apply directly through the online portal: