Job Description:
The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with The Peregrine Fund’s California Condor Reintroduction Program based in Vermilion Cliffs, AZ to support the greater California Condor Recovery Program. One (1) Monitoring Technician will be selected to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer to assist in management of the free flying population of California Condors in northern Arizona and southern Utah. This is a 6-month commitment, with the potential of an additional 6 months if both parties should agree to continue the relationship, during which volunteer member will work in the Grand Canyon ecoregion.

This volunteer opportunity focuses on management of the free flying population of California Condors in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Selected applicant will track this population throughout its range using radio telemetry and by ground-truthing GPS transmitter data. The volunteer will observe condor behavior at feeding sites, roosts and nests. Field work requires the ability to work independently and as a team; work and sometimes camp in remote areas during inclement weather or harsh environmental conditions; travel via ATV, 4WD vehicle, or by foot, in steep mountainous terrain; carry 50 lb carcasses to feeding sites; keep detailed field notes; follow data collection protocols for the collection and entry of accurate and consistent data; and assist in routine office work.

Contract Timeline:
6 months with potential for extension

Projected: April – Sept 2021
Start dates may be staggered

Vermillion Cliffs, AZ
Compensation and Benefits:
o $5,200 Living Stipend
o Education Award: $3097.50
o The Peregrine Fund-provided housing
o Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service
Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences (e.g., biology, ecology, wildlife management, or related field) or coursework and related experience;
  • Previous experience following protocols for field sampling and data collection and related experience in data entry, collection and management;
  • Understanding of issues related to threatened and endangered species, and familiarity with the ecology of the study region preferred;
  • Previous experience in using radio telemetry to locate free-ranging animals preferred;
  • Experience in the use of GPS units for navigation and collecting spatial data;
  • Possess strong organizational skills;
  • Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and able to hike 2-5+ miles daily on uneven terrain while carrying a pack sometimes exceeding 50 lbs.;
  • Willingness and ability to camp at primitive sites for several consecutive nights;
  • Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and follow safe working practices;
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
  • Experience safely operating 4WD vehicles and ATVs; 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.
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