Pilot/Biologist Job Opening (Posted 5/20/2014)
The Institute for Wildlife Studies is looking for a pilot/biologist to assist on conservation projects on the California Channel Islands. The job will entail conducting aerial telemetry monitoring of radio-collared animals on 3 islands using a Cessna 172. The main base of operations with be on San Clemente Island, which is a US Naval installation. Other aerial monitoring may occur in the future at locations on the mainland. Biologist duties will include tracking collared animals on the ground, assisting in trapping to attach collars, assisting with trapping and removal of pest invasive species, maintenance of camera traps, maintenance of equipment, and other duties as assigned.
The applicant should have a bachelor’s degree in natural resources or a similar field, a minimum of a single-engine private pilot license, as well as commercial and instrument ratings, and be accident free. A minimum of 250 hours of total flight time is required. Because this work is conducted on a military installation, the applicant must be a citizen of the United States or be covered under a TN NAFTA work visa. Individuals must have (or be willing to acquire before start date) a valid, U.S. driver’s license. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition and be comfortable hiking alone for 3–5 miles with a 30–40 pound pack in steep, rocky, cactus-covered terrain and in temperatures ranging from 40–100°F. Applicants should enjoy living as part of a small research community in a crowded field station, interacting with biologists working on other projects, and working with military personnel and members of other organizations who may have varying missions, opinions, and personalities. Additionally, applicants must be willing to participate in the day-to-day upkeep of a busy field station, including cleaning work vehicles and shared kitchen/office space. 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.
Hours and Compensation: Work schedule will typically be 10 days stationed on San Clemente Island, and 4 days off-island. 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. Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and includes full medical benefits, vacation, holidays and sick days.
Closing Date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified.
Application Procedures: Submit a current resume and a cover letter stating your flight experience including all aircraft types and hours in each, and highlighting your biology-related experience. Provide the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of at least three (3) professional references. Phone inquiries are not accepted, so please email with any questions.
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