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Seasonal Avian Field Biologists

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Raptor Biologists Needed (Posted 10/5/2015)

Raptor Biologists are needed to assist in the monitoring of bald eagles and peregrine falcons on the California Channel Islands from 16 February through 14 June 2016. Work will be conducted on the northern California Channels Islands off the coast of Southern California. One position is available on each of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands.

Duties:  Job duties will include searching for and monitoring nesting bald eagles and peregrine falcons, collecting behavioral and prey delivery data on nesting birds, monitoring non-nesting birds, and assisting in banding efforts. Access around the island will be by 4-wheel-drive vehicle, ATV, inflatable boat, and on foot. Employees will work an 8-day on, 6-day off schedule due to transportation schedules to the islands.

Experience:  B.S. in Wildlife Biology or related field required. Previous experience with raptors, especially bald eagles or peregrine falcons, 4WD trucks, ATVs, and boats preferred. Must be able to safely operate 4WD vehicles (full-size trucks and ATVs) over steep, rocky, and muddy roads. Must be able to work independently. Biologists will need to maintain a professional attitude at all times while working with Institute, Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Navy personnel, as well as visitors to the islands.

Compensation:  $15.14/hr (40 hrs regular, 24 hrs at 1.5x base pay per shift). Housing will be provided while on the islands in Navy, Park Service, or Institute housing, but not on days off. Transportation to and from the islands is provided via boat, plane, or helicopter.

Application Procedures:  Attach a cover letter discussing your qualifications for this position, current resume with dates worked and duties performed (needed for evaluation purposes), and names and phone numbers of at least 3 references (preferably with e-mail addresses) in an e-mail to Dr. Peter Sharpe:      

Or mail application materials to:                                                     

                   Dr. Peter Sharpe
                   P.O. Box 2500
                   Avalon, CA  90704

Closing Date: 15 November 2015.

Seasonal Predator Biologists (Posted 11/19/2015)

The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking highly motivated applicants for a seasonal (6-month) Predator Biologists as part of the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program on San Clemente Island, California. Seasonal positions may be promoted to regular full-time status pending performance and funding availability.  Successful applicants will be part of a team managing non-native predators on San Clemente 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 MUST have extensive 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. The Predator Biologist will need to maintain a professional attitude at all times while working with Institute staff and members of other organizations who may have varying missions, opinions, and personalities.

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 resulting in average gross earnings of approximately $2,350 per month. 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: Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position will be filled as soon a qualified applicant is identified.  Ideally, qualified applicants will be identified during December of 2015, and the selected candidates should be eligible to begin work during January of 2016.  However, for a well-qualified candidate the start date may be negotiable.

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.  Phone inquiries so please email documents to: Curtis Twellmann ( with the subject line “Technician Application”.

Seasonal Avian Field Biologist (Posted 11/19/2015)

Job Description: The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking applicants for Seasonal Avian Field Biologist positions to assist with the release and monitoring of the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike (SCLS), a federally endangered, endemic subspecies on San Clemente Island (SCI), California.  SCI is the southernmost of the California Channel Islands, located 68 miles off the coast of San Diego.  These are 5-month positions beginning in February or early March.  Contingent on performance and funding availability, seasonal employees may be offered promotions to full-time positions, which include additional health benefits and paid vacation.

Field Biologist duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Nest searching and monitoring;
  2. Behavioral observation and color-band re-sighting of wild and captive shrikes;
  3. Releasing captive-origin shrikes, and providing supplemental food to captive and released shrikes;
  4. Cage construction and maintenance;
  5. Trapping and banding (depending on permitting qualifications)  nestling and adult shrikes;
  6. Data management in Microsoft Access and Excel, and in ArcView GIS; and,
  7. Day-to-day upkeep of the field station and IWS equipment.  

***Start date to be discussed during interview, but will likely be between 15 February and 1 March.***

Qualifications: We are seeking enthusiastic biologists with strong field work and research backgrounds who are committed to conservation and applied ecology. This position requires patience, sharp observation skills using spotting scopes and binoculars, and the ability to hike in steep, rugged terrain.

Because this work is conducted on a military installation, each applicant must be a citizen of the United States or be covered under a TN NAFTA work visa and possess (or be willing to acquire before the position starts) a valid U.S. driver’s license. In addition, the Navy will perform a post-hire background check before issuing a base access credential.

Each successful candidate will have earned a B.S. in wildlife biology, ecology or a related field and have experience with avian biology. Preferred qualifications include experience with: nest searching and monitoring, behavioral observation, color band identification, passerine banding, and the operation of 4-wheel drive vehicles on primitive roads. 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. 

SCI is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy as a training facility and personnel will be required to follow established military protocols and rules, including keeping a clean and organized work and living space.

Applicants should enjoy living as part of a small research community in a busy 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. Employees work 10 days on island, and then take 4 off (off island). All employment offers are contingent on the insurability of the applicant by IWS and applicants will be asked to provide information to verify their driving record.  Additional information regarding IWS research on SCI is available on the IWS website (

Compensation: Approximately $2,350/month (based on an hourly rate) plus health benefits. We also provide both housing and a food stipend while on island. Transportation to and from SCI via twin-engine propeller planes flying out of the Naval Base Coronado in San Diego.  Off-island accommodations and food are not provided, but off-island accommodation options include hotels, camping, or short-term apartment sharing with other biologists.

Application Procedure: To apply send a SINGLE file containing a combined cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for 3 professional references (including telephone number, email, and work address). Please state the number of adult and nestling passerines (or small falcons/owls) you have banded. Banding experience is strongly preferred, but not required. Send application materials to Justyn Stahl at Please indicate ‘shrike job’ in the subject heading. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and we therefore encourage interested parties to apply promptly. This announcement will be open until all positions have been filled.