Two technician positions to support seabird monitoring and habitat restoration are available in Channel Islands National Park. Habitat restoration work is being conducted to address impacts to seabird populations caused by marine contamination (primarily DDT and PCB) in the Southern California Bight (www.montroserestoration.gov). This is a full time, field-based position with the majority of work conducted on Santa Barbara, Anacapa, and Santa Cruz Islands. A 6 month commitment is required.
Job duties during the fall and winter will support plant restoration efforts, including nursery propagation, weed removal (hand-weeding), plant surveys, and native outplanting work. Applicants should have a strong interest in island ecology and a desire to work with plant restoration projects. Enthusiasm for field work and for working in a variety of weather conditions is a must. Ability to work from small boats and on steep slopes is essential. Successful candidates must be able to work well independently as well as with a team, be willing to work long hours in the field, be able to make careful observations over long periods of time, maintain accurate field notes, possess excellent balance and agility, and be in excellent physical condition. As much work is conducted on small and remote islands, applicants must be able to get along well with others and be able to live and work in close quarters.
Preference may given to those who possess: 1) Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline, 2) prior experience with plant restoration work, 3) knowledge of native California flora, 4) ability to move and lift equipment and materials up to 40lbs; 5) ability to hike in steep, unstable terrain; 6) ability to leap out of small boats onto slippery rocks; 7) desire to work in a remote field setting both independently and as part of a field crew; ) native plant propagation and survey experience, 10) superior observational and data collection skills, 11) excellent written and verbal communication skills.
The applicant must be comfortable with extensive boat travel and with living in a remote location for extended periods of time.
Employer and Position Duration: The position is a seasonal 6 month internship with the possibility to extend. Employment is with the nonprofit organization California Institute of Environmental Studies (CIES). Preferred start date is Oct 15th 2013.
Job Location and Wages: The position is based out of Ventura, CA with regular travel via boat or helicopter to the Channel Islands National Park out of Ventura, Oxnard, and Santa Barbara Harbors. Island travel ranges from day trips to multiple weeks on island; the schedule varies seasonal, with year-round fieldwork. Island housing is provided and consists of a shared bunkhouse with all amenities. Housing on the mainland is not provided. A stipend of $1,600 per month as well as field per diem is provided.
Application Submission: Please email a cover letter, resume, and names and phone numbers of three professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org; final filing date is Oct 15th however, applications will be reviewed as they come in. -