Wildlife Biologist - Edwards AFB, CA

  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado, USA
  • Dec 15, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

A Wildlife Biologist (Research Associate II) position is available with CEMML. This is a full-time (12-month) appointment located at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB), California. A Wildlife Biologist (hereafter biologist) with experience in handling nuisance animal issues, including trapping and transporting animals, is needed to implement a Wildlife Rapid Response Program (WRRP). The WRRP will provide management of nuisance animals, removal and disposal of illegal trash dumps and debris that attract wildlife, and education and outreach to the EAFB community. During normal work hours, the biologist, with assistance from a field technician, will provide a rapid response service for calls related to nuisance animals and, after hours, the biologist will be on call to respond to handle emergency situations. In the past, typically there have been 6–10 calls per year for stray and feral animals and 10–15 calls per year for veterinary services. The biologist will have three plans of action when responding to nuisance wildlife calls, depending on circumstances: (1) for most wild animals, drive off the animal if it is still present and remove/dispose of potential wildlife attractants; (2) for small, stray domestic animals or small, escaped pets or nonnative animals (e.g., dog, cat, bird), trap and transport it to a nearby animal shelter or, if the animal is injured or sick, transport it to an off-base veterinarian for treatment or euthanasia; and (3) in the unlikely event that a livestock animal strays on base (e.g., horse, cow, goat, burro), attempt to track down its owner and arrange to have it transferred off EAFB property or, if the owner cannot be located, work with the EAFB POC to determine appropriate removal and re-location strategies on a case-by-case basis. Stray animal capture and control methods will (1) adhere to the DoD technical Guidance No. 37 Integrated Management of Stray Animals on Military Installations, (2) meet the guidelines outlined by the American Society of Mammalogists, and (3) be approved by the CSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The biologist and field tech also will investigate reported dump sites and, when on duty, they will (1) drive the EAFB perimeter and interior to look for illegal trash dumps, (2) inspect the barbed wire perimeter fencing for breaches, and (3) inspect both no trespassing and desert tortoise presence signage for damage or loss. Any trash that may be an attractant to wildlife will be removed and taken to an appropriate disposal or recycling location. In addition to trash- and animal-related duties, the biologist will reach out to the EAFB community members to help them understand how to avoid drawing animals into the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) and to develop and implement strategies for reducing negative interactions with wildlife. In addition to the duties described above, the biologist and a field technician will assist with large mammal surveys and predator-trapping efforts as part of a larger research effort, to include but not be limited to (1) selecting locations for installing remote cameras; (2) baiting remote camera stations and moving or servicing remote cameras; (3) downloading and managing remote camera data; (4) image and survey data analysis and reporting; (5) trapping coyotes and bobcats; and (6) transporting animals to a shelter or veterinarian, as needed.

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