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Wildlife Technician - Eldorado

Great Basin Institute


Opportunity summary

Term length

4/22/2024 - 9/27/2024

Application window

2/27/2024 - 5/17/2024


Placerville, California

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

Wildlife crews will support Eldorado National Forest vegetation management and fuels reduction efforts by performing habitat assessments and population surveys of sensitive, threatened and endangered species. Surveys focus on CA Spotted-Owls & Northern Goshawks. All survey work informs NEPA planning and paves the way for the post fire restoration and hazardous fuels reduction projects.

Opportunity description

Wildlife Technicians will engage in diverse tasks supporting wildlife management projects. Responsibilities include conducting nighttime surveys for Spotted Owls (approx. 70% of season), executing broadcast acoustical surveys for Northern Goshawks, monitoring nesting and reproductive statuses, and breeding mice for CA Spotted-Owl surveys. Technicians will work on crews of 2-3 people in the field and project specific training will be provided.


  • Education benefit
  • Housing
  • Healthcare
  • Mental and behavioral health benefits

Requirements and qualifications


Bachelor's degree in Wildlife, Ecology, Biology, Natural Resources, or related subject with wildlife courses that demonstrate understanding of the principles of wildlife biology. Six months of professional fieldwork experience. Experience navigating with topographical maps and compass and with hand-held GPS for field navigation and data collection. Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff.

Preferred qualifications

Familiarity with, and interest in, resource management issues of western states and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion. Knowledge of the species of the Eastern Sierra/Great Basin transition zone. Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment and monitoring protocols. Experience using ArcGIS to create maps, GPS data collection, and identifying heritage sites.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Natural resource preservation and conservation
  • Biodiversity protection and restoration
  • Forestry
  • Environmental education and training
  • Environmental research and citizen science

Work environment

  • Rural
  • Outdoor