In cooperations with the Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW), the ICVE is recruiting two Telemetry Field Technicians to assist with an investigation of Northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) and their habitat in the Carson Range of the east Lake Tahoe Basin, Nevada. The Northern Flying Squirrel is a species of conservation priority and is vulnerable to decline because of its restricted range in Nevada. Findings of this ongoing study will be combined with results of similar investigations during 2010 and 2012 to identify habitat requirements of this sensitive/watch species. Telemetry Field Technicians will collect data to investigate movements and habitat use of these nocturnal animals by tracking radio-collared individuals at three adjacent study sites. Field monitoring will take place several times per week at different times of day and night. Field Technicians will also assist in conducting habitat assessments in the study area, and may also have opportunities to participate in other ongoing studies of small mammals and birds in the vicinity. Field Technicians should be capable of working long hours in rugged, uneven, forested terrain in which daily temperatures may range widely. Primitive field camping up to three nights per week will be required.
Timeline: June 20 – September 29, 2011 (1 internship), June 20 – October 27, 2011 (1 internship)
Compensation: This is a temporary volunteer internship. Daily food per diem and housing is provided.
Location: The study sites are located south of Marlette Lake and west of Snow Valley Peak in the east Lake Tahoe Basin, NV. Many recreational opportunities area available in the region, which is considered by many as one of the most scenic in the country.
-Previous field experience that includes: adhering to field data collection protocols, and; accurately collecting and recording field data.
-Experience using radio telemetry equipment to track animals in the field strongly preferred;
-Familiarity with, or interest in: the ecology and conservation biology of Mountain Beavers and other small mammals of the Sierra Nevada, and; forest and riparian ecology, and associated natural resource issues.
-Experience in plant identification and vegetation assessment preferred;
-Ability to use, or learn to use, a GPS unit and standard methods and equipment for habitat characterization.
-Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
-Possess strong organizational skills;
-Ability to work in variable weather conditions, traverse steep and uneven terrain, carry upwards of 20 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
-Willingness and ability to work and camp in remote areas;
-Familiarity with back-country, low-impact principles preferred;
-Possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record; and
-Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads that can be steep and rutted.
ICVE Internships and the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP): The U.S. Department of State has designated the International Conservation Volunteer Exchange to administer a J-1 Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). All ICVE inters are sponsored through this J-1 visa program and must meet the following minimum requirements in or to be eligible for placement:
-Be currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States, or;
-Have graduated from such an institute no more than 12 months prior to the program start date, and;
-Possess a valid passport throughout any time spent in the United States.
When offered a placement, each participant is responsible for a $300, non-refundable, visa processing fee. Also, a refundable $150 (for lodging facilities and field gear) security deposit is also required from each participant. Both fees are due upon acceptance to the program.
To Apply: Please contact ICVE Program Director, Jeff Bryant, at jbryant@GBInstitute.org for an application. Please visit our website at www.GBInstitute.org.