Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)

​The Presidio Trust is seeking a Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) in the Presidio. Once an Army base, the Presidio is a unique national park located in San Francisco at the edge of the Golden Gate. With 1500 acres rich with history, nature, and open space, the Presidio contains hundreds of restored former military buildings animated by more than 3,000 residents and 200 companies, including high tech start-ups, innovative non-profits, and other organizations that offer a welcoming mix of visitor experiences. The park also offers a mosaic of wildlife communities, including the newly re-introduced native Pacific chorus frog, Forktail damselflies, California Floater mussels, Western Pond turtle, stickleback, and the over 30 butterfly species, 60 bee species, one of the most diverse communities of migratory birds in the world with over 200 different species spotted. The Presidio also contains 991 acres of open space with 330 native plant species and 14 native plant communities, historic gardens and forests, restored and remnant wetlands, sand dunes, grasslands, a freshwater lake, and a salt marsh. On any given day at the Presidio, you'll find organizations pursuing new ideas, scientists conducting research, and people of all ages volunteering, learning, playing, and exploring.

 

The successful Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) applicant will join a team of innovative land and wildlife stewards, working to restore wildlife biodiversity to this diverse and changing landscape. Our ideal candidate is passionate about observing and studying the behavior of animals, their role in a specific ecosystem, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats. You are curious and inquisitive, and a team player with a professional attitude and cooperative communication style. You are committed to preserving the current state of our environment, deepening our understanding of the creatures that share our planet with us, and interacting positively with local communities, volunteers, colleagues, tenants and visitors.

 

Applications received by December 2, 2016 will receive first consideration. This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary starts at $21.65 per hour. We are planning to hold the first round of interviews beginning the week of December 5, make a job offer by mid-December, and set a work start date in early January, 2017.

 

Responsibilities

  • Assist with wildlife management including monitoring, inventorying, planning, reporting and implementing various required tasks relevant to Presidio Trust Wildlife Management Guidelines.
  • Interact and communicate with the public on wildlife related topics including: educational program participation, responding to human-wildlife conflict, and participating in other public forums.
  • Provide advice, assistance, and training to students, interns, Tri-agency staff, volunteers and the public in resource management projects and field research.
  • Provide information to other employees and visitors about the natural resource management program. May develop and present related interpretive programs to the public.
  • Implement natural resource management activities through established techniques. Follow instructions and standardized procedures in the collection and organization of field data, and use judgment to make adjustments. Perform routine and recurring sampling and record data collected.
  • Maintain and inventory tools and equipment. Install, operate, and maintain resource management equipment (e.g., camera traps, gill nets, other traps, and sampling, monitoring, photographic, and laboratory equipment). Inventory equipment, evaluate quality assurance compliance, and calibrate equipment as necessary. Order replacement parts, new equipment, and supplies.
  • Conduct seasonal monitoring programs for various taxa across the Presidio. Maintain the data and documentation regarding monitoring activities. Assist with preparation of annual reports.
  • Conduct seasonal bird nest surveys as required, following Presidio Trust approved protocols.
  • Utilize a variety of computer programs to compile, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data and other resource management information. Maintain and organize computer databases.
  • Participate in the Integrated Pest Management Program at the Presidio, which may include appropriately relocating and/or dispatching non-native wildlife.
  • Collaborate across Presidio Trust departments and other outside partners on various relevant work.
  • Assist in relevant ecological work including plant identification and water quality monitoring.

 

Required

  • Excellent communication skills and enthusiastic interest in wildlife conservation.
  • Knowledge of established practices, procedures, and techniques of at least one biological science.
  • Knowledge of routine natural resource management practices, methods, and procedures, and related regulations.
  • Knowledge of data collection techniques, and installation, operation, and maintenance of testing and sampling equipment.
  • Ability to follow detailed sampling and laboratory procedures, train others to accurately follow procedures, and recognize departures from established quality control/quality assurance guidelines.
  • Basic understanding of natural resource management principles and techniques to support, understand, and relate results to the broader natural resources community.
  • Ability to communicate information in a clear and concise manner, including developing reports and presenting information.
  • Ability to identify bird species by sight and preferably by song.
  • Knowledge of database management, word processing, spreadsheets, data entry and specialized software programs essential to resource management activities.
  • Strenuous physical activity may be required including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Some activities occur on a boat in a lake and require rowing and wading. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time. Working in areas where poison oak grows may also be required.
  • Field work includes exposure to extreme weather and terrain conditions, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, snakes, and wild animals.  Lab work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals. Working at night is occasionally required.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License.

 

Desired

  • Passion for parks; strong desire to work for the Presidio.
  • Experience working in community-based natural resource and hands-on education programs.
  • A four year college degree is desirable.

 

About the Presidio Natural Resources Program

Our Natural Resources Program is a thought-leader within the ecological community and diligently manages native plant conservation and wildlife, monitors water quality and erosion, and conducts natural resources research, continually challenging conventional thinking and creating innovative solutions to improve the Park's ecological health. We work closely with and share ideas with other innovative leaders in ecology, and engage our local communities in citizen science, ecosystem restoration, and the management of biodiversity within the park.