Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Bat, Small Mammal, and Mussel Survey Field Technician - Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service is currently accepting applications for one Seasonal Contractual position (Natural Resources Technician III). The Department seeks a highly motivated individual to assist with several projects: (1) acoustic and mist net bat surveys (statewide, May 29-early July); and (2) small mammal and mussel surveys (western and southern Maryland, early July - September 17). Job duties will include the following: (1) set-up/take-down of Automated Recording Units for stationary bat surveys and assistance with mist-netting bats, including carrying equipment up to 40 pounds for up to 3 miles; (2) assistance with small mammal trapping; (3) assistance with mussel surveys in small streams and rivers using snorkeling and waterscope techniques; and (4) assistance with data entry, private landowner contacts, and equipment maintenance in support of the surveys. Training will be provided.
A strong work ethic, good problem-solving skills, and the ability to work well independently and in small teams in remote areas with minimal supervision is required. Occasional weekend and nighttime work, long field days with varied weather conditions and biting insects, and tent camping with sometimes weekly relocation. May need to use own vehicle.

Education: Completion of sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 of which are in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, forest technology, arboriculture, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study.
Experience: Two years of experience in technical biological work in the field of natural resources management.
1. Additional experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.
2. Additional education beyond sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study can be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of experience.
3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the biological science technician field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.   
4. Prior experience with bat and other small mammal trapping (including mist nets), identification, and handling would be beneficial. Pre-exposure rabies vaccine would be helpful.
5. Freshwater mussel identification and survey experience are preferred, but training will be provided as needed with the expectation that skills will be attained so that mussel surveys can be conducted with a reasonably high degree of competence.
6. Experience with ArcMap, Microsoft Access and Excel, and handheld GPS units is preferred.

Due May 3rd
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