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Wildlife Technician

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Location California
Residence Weed/Yreka, California

Job Summary
FWS Forestry California, LLC, is looking to hire a minimum of one (1) wildlife technician for the 2024 field season. The ideal applicant would be based out of the Weed or Yreka areas. The main responsibilities of wildlife technicians are to support ongoing spotted owl surveys throughout Shasta, Siskiyou, and Trinity counties, with additional wildlife assignments available depending on need, interest, and timing. Past technicians also gained experience in northern goshawk surveys, camera traps, meadow restoration, and frog surveys. Attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and a good attitude are required.


  • Safely drive and/or hike remote forest roads and trails at night to access survey stations.
  • Conduct electronic broadcast surveys for northern spotted owls according to established protocols.
  • Take detailed field notes and accurately map owl locations for any owl species heard or seen.
  • Conduct daytime surveys as needed to follow up on nighttime detections of spotted owls, including daytime visits to historic nest or roost locations.
  • Regular data entry, team meetings, road clearing, and additional duties as required.
  • Potential to assist with tree marking, inventory, flagging, and/or GIS work for qualified applicants.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or related field is preferred.
    o Candidates without degrees but with adequate experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with California native wildlife species is preferred.
  • Chainsaw safety certification is a plus.
  • A minimum of one (1) year of field experience.
    o Candidates with prior experience with spotted owl surveys and/or night work will be given preference.
  • Must be able to identify spotted owls by sight and/or sound, including the ability to differentiate between spotted owls and barred owls. Applicants should have normal hearing and vision abilities.
  • Experience with or sufficient demonstrable understanding of navigation techniques, including topographic maps, GPS, compass, and/or PLSS systems.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Must be able to adhere to company safety protocols.
  • Candidates must be able to hike, sometimes traveling long distances at night along closed roads or trails, often in steep, brushy terrain.
  • Must be comfortable working in all weather conditions with the possibility of encountering (potentially dangerous) wildlife and vegetation (i.e., bears, mountain lions, poison oak).
  • Candidates must be able to confidently, safely, and efficiently navigate infrequently maintained logging roads with a 4WD vehicle or ATV in areas with little or no cell phone reception, often at night.
  • Must be able to work independently and alone in the field. A high degree of self-motivation, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and a sense of humor are essential.

Essential Functions

  • Applicants must be able to work independently in a variety of potentially hazardous circumstances and areas, usually between sunset and sunrise, to conduct northern spotted owl surveys on private timber lands.
  • Applicants should be experienced in wildlife surveys and/or environmental consulting.
    o Candidates with prior experience with spotted owl surveys and/or night work will be given preference.
  • Applicants must be comfortable working nights alone, often in areas without cell service. Both hiking and driving at night will be required.
  • Applicants should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and must be able to navigate in the field using a smartphone and mapping application.
  • Experience collecting data with ESRI Field Maps on Android operating systems is a plus.
  • Experience using a chainsaw and road clearing is a plus.

Compensation: $20 – $25/hour, DOE. Housing/Relocation: Not included. Start Date: Late February or early March 2024. End Date: August 31, 2024 (contract extension possible, especially for those with interest in and/or experience with forestry field work) Location: Weed, Yreka, and surrounding areas. Additional Details: 4 – 5 nights, 40 hours per week. Occasional overtime likely.

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