Biological Technician (Wildlife)

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

About the organization

Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.


The incumbent works as team member to safely conduct surveys for wildlife. Conducting surveys and
monitoring wildlife is important to ensure wildlife populations remain unimpaired for future generations. This
project will provide an incredible opportunity for the incumbent to gain critical skills that may lead to future
work in national parks throughout the western US. The position is considered a developmental opportunity
and will train the individual in proven and common methods of wildlife inventory and monitoring.

Operations and Safety
The work required of the incumbent involves objective hazards. The incumbent is expected to practice
situational awareness, directly addressing and/or raising safety concerns as they arise. Training will be
provided to ensure the incumbent’s ability to safely execute job functions.


● Minimum of a high school diploma; preferred college or community college
experience; must be 18 to apply;
● Demonstrated interest in wildlife or other natural resource management, this may include but is not
limited to biological research and survey work, land conservation, wildland fire, etc.;
● Ability to perform physically taxing work in all weather conditions in rugged mountainous
environments (i.e hike 6+ miles a day with a 40lb pack);
● Knowledgeable and proficient in backcountry travel;
● Sufficient equipment to perform the work, including sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for a
range of environments;
● Good communication skills to effectively interact with the public and co-workers;
● Interest in, or familiarity with, principles of wildlife management, forestry, or botany;
● A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation;
● Bachelor’s degree
● Knowledge of, or familiarity with wildlife and wildlife identification (using field guides) in California or
other western states;
● Any current wilderness medical training certification (e.g., WFA, WFR, WEMT);
● Leave No Trace or other backcountry ethics training;
● Interest in, or familiarity with, wildlife species of the southern Cascades;
Please note these qualifications are what we believe is necessary to ensure the selected applicant is successful in this
position, however we encourage all who are interested to apply.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Send your resume, cover letter, and the contact information for your references as one pdf to [email protected] with the position title you are applying for in the subject line.

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