Asistente de campo: Realiza censos y marcaje de elefantes marinos en Parque Nacional ~

13 de octubre de 2022

Asistente de campo: Realiza censos y marcaje de elefantes marinos en Parque Nacional

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Pinniped Monitoring Intern

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY: Work with Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) alongside partners like the National Park Service (NPS) to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Point Reyes National Seashore for present and future generations. Through our conservation, education, and community-building work we partner with the NPS to preserve and share the park’s 75,000 acres of forest, grasslands, coastal scrub, rangelands, federally designated wilderness, wetlands, dunes, beaches, and marine habitats that support 38 threatened, endangered and species of concern. Over 2 million people visit the park each year and nearly 100 research projects from researchers around the country and the world are conducted in the park annually. PRNSA works year-round in partnership with the NPS to monitor and protect the natural and cultural resources within the park. PRNSA staff work with NPS project managers on long-term inventory and monitoring of threatened and endangered species, habitat restoration and invasive species removal, and historic and cultural preservation projects in the park. Through our youth and adult education programs we aim to expand the community of people who both love and protect the park.

JOB SUMMARY: The intern will be responsible for assisting Point Reyes National Seashore staff in monitoring elephant seals and harbor seals within the park. The intern will follow an established protocol implemented by the NPS Natural Resources Management and Inventory & Monitoring Divisions. The intern will receive training and experience in wildlife monitoring and management, and through participation in these projects, the intern will learn how NPS policies and procedures are implemented in the field, and the types of materials and techniques that are essential to these types of projects. The intern will be an employee of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRSNA) while NPS staff will provide day-to-day technical guidance in the field.

REPORTS TO: Sam Chiriboga (PRNSA Associate Director) and works alongside NPS Technical Lead, Sarah Codde (NPS Marine Ecologist)


Field Duties Assist with weekly census counts and tag resight surveys at elephant seal breeding sites
Assist with weekly census counts at harbor seal breeding sites
Assist with applying flipper tags to weaned elephant seal pups
Assist with applying dye marks to adult elephant seals
Assist with deterring elephant seals from high visitation areas
Record all elephant seal and harbor seal data on pre-formatted datasheets
Assist with management of elephant seal and visitor safety at Drakes Beach
Educate visitors at Drakes Beach on the natural history, research, and protection of elephant seals
Other duties as assigned
Office Management Enter field survey data into the pinniped monitoring database supplied by NPS
Error-check all data entered into the database against the datasheets
Create weekly monitoring updates to be used on park websites and at park visitor centers
Other duties as assigned
Desired Experience Some field experience conducting surveys and/or behavioral studies of large mammals
Data entry experience with Microsoft Excel or Access
PHYSICAL DEMAND: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to spend long hours outside in various types of weather and hike off-trail on rough and steep terrain, including climbing over rocky outcroppings. The employee is also frequently required to be in close proximity to elephant seals, which can get up to 6,000 lbs. and 18 ft. long, and be quick to react to their behaviors and vocalizations. The employee is occasionally required to sit at a desk to complete computer-related tasks. The employee must carry equipment in a backpack weighing up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include long hours looking through optical equipment, such as a spotting scope and binoculars.

WORK SCHEDULE: January 4 - May 2, 2023 (full-time, 40 hours/week). Start and end dates are flexible. Work week will be Monday – Friday. There is a possibility of the work week shifting to include weekends in April.

SALARY & BENEFITS: The position is $16 per hour, 40 hours per week, non-exempt, and includes sick leave and paid holiday time off. Park Service dorm-style housing is provided.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment is primarily outdoors in an area that has weather ranging from cold, rain, windy, and foggy to dry and warm. Most of the required hiking is on beaches, but also includes off-trail on rough and steep terrain. Some of the work environment will be in an open office setting.

INTERVIEW PROCESS: Please submit your application by October 28, 2022
First-round interviews will begin on November 7, 2022
Suggested first day is Wednesday, January 4, 2023, for an approximately 4-month contract
To Apply: Please submit a short cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references we can contact. Submissions must be received by October 28.

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This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Point Reyes National Seashore Association is an at-will employer. We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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