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Predator Biologists (Posted 6/8/2015)

The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking highly motivated applicants for multiple full-time, Predator Biologist positions as part of the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program on San Clemente Island, California. Successful applicants will be part of a team managing non-native predators on the island.  The primary duties of these positions focus on the lethal control of non-native predators; however non-lethal management of native predators is also conducted, and there may be opportunities for research on one or more of these species.  We encourage the development of independent research projects within the scope of the program. Duties include, but are not limited to: 1) nighttime hunting of predators, by vehicle and on foot; 2) safe use of firearms; 3) trapping for removal of non-native predators; 4) rat management including trapping and poisoning; 5) video monitoring of nests; 6) trapping, handling, vaccinating, and providing veterinary care for island foxes; and 7) data entry, data analysis, and use of GIS.  These positions require frequent night work and have a variable schedule depending on seasonal work requirements.

All work will be conducted on San Clemente Island, which is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy as a test and evaluation site, shore bombardment range, and warfare training ground. Safety is of utmost importance to the Navy and IWS.  NOTE: Pets are not allowed on San Clemente Island.

Position Requirements: Candidates should have a B.S. or more advanced degree in Wildlife Management or a related field. Candidates should have experience in the safe use of firearms.  Please do not apply if you lack firearm experience.  Candidates should be familiar with the safe operation of various hand and power tools.  Experience operating ATV's and full-sized, 4-wheel drive trucks over rocky and muddy roads is preferred.  Employment is conditional upon insurability with IWS, so a clean driving record is essential.  These positions require considerable hiking to conduct management activities, including hauling materials and equipment to remote sites.  Applicants should be sure-footed, safe, and be prepared to hike in steep, rocky, cactus-covered terrain.

Hours and Compensation: The work schedule is 10 days on San Clemente Island, and 4 days off-island. Compensation is based on an hourly rate of $11.05, however scheduled overtime results in average gross earnings of approximately $2,400 per month.  Full health benefits, vacation, sick days and holidays are included in the compensation package.  Room and board will be provided while working on the island, but no off-island housing is provided.  Flights on and off the island are provided at no cost on a twin-engine aircraft.

Closing Date: The closing date for this announcement is 29 June, however applications will be reviewed as they are received and the positions will be filled as soon a qualified applicant is identified.  Ideally, qualified applicants should be available to begin work in July 2015.

Application Procedures: Submit a current resume and a cover letter highlighting weapons and predator management experience.  Provide the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of at least three (3) professional references.  Electronic applications are encouraged, although electronic and postal applications will be considered equally.  Phone inquiries are not accepted, so please email or write with any questions.

Submit documents to:
Dan Biteman (
IWS - Predator Research and Ecosystem Management
2327 Kettner Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101