Wildlife Biologist Resource Assistant

Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands

This position has been filled.

Start Date: June 6, 2022 – December 2, 2022 (Approximate)

Compensation: $500 per week + support for lodging and transportation

Application Due: March 28, 2022

The Resource Assistants Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

Employees for these positions are required to be: 
US Citizens, Legal Residents, or otherwise eligible to work in the US 
Fully vaccinated for COVID-19*
*To the extent required by law, reasonable accommodation will be provided to those unable to be vaccinated.

Location: Clayton, NM

Position Description: The Wildlife Biologist Resource Assistant will assist the district wildlife biologist in performance of their normal job duties. This will include participating in wildlife surveys in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma for black-tailed prairie dogs, ferruginous hawk nests, and more; building maps for surveys and inputting spatial data using GPS and ArcGIS; maintaining, installing, and monitoring the effectiveness of wildlife habitat improvements such as nesting platforms, plantings, and more; collaborating with state and federal agencies and NGOs to accomplish projects; learning project management skills; assisting with educational and outreach opportunities including bat week presentations at schools and museums; and performing additional field work in assistance to the district biologist as needed.

Natural and Physical Work Environment:

The Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands are located within the shortgrass prairie of the Southern Great Plains and within the pinyon and juniper woodland of the Canadian River Canyon. These grasslands encompass approximately 239,000 acres in six counties within New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. The community of Clayton, New Mexico, has a population of 2400 and provides a full range of basic services to residents in northeastern New Mexico. The area consists of open, arid prairie ranging from 4000 – 6500′ elevation with volcanic formations for landmarks. It receives only 17” of rain each year, with variable weather: summertime highs in the 90s with low humidity, windy and mild spring and fall, and winter lows from 0-10 degrees.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Experience with ArcGIS and field navigation using GPS.
  • Previous experience surveying or participation in research projects for wildlife, plants, or fish.
  • Physically capable of conducting field work in remote, rugged terrain. Applicants should be capable and comfortable hiking long distances and camping in backcountry areas.
  • Capable of driving 4×4 pick-up trucks and SUVs over long distances, rough terrain, and on Forest roads

The successful applicant must be self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to operate in a mixture of office and field work with changing priorities. Work can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground, bending, crouching, and stooping.

Education and Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, ecology, mammalogy, zoology, fisheries, wildlife management, botany, or similar area of study.

** Applicants should have personal transportation and must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License.

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