Nesting Technician Job Opening

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Position Duration:
Expected to Continue Until Jul 31, 2024

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General Notes
This position is located in Port Aransas, TX. Only applicants authorized to work in the United States will be considered.

This position is responsible for the coordination of the sea turtle nesting program for the Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve) at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) in Port Aransas. This is a temporary position from mid-March to the end of July to support the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nesting season.

Lead daily nesting patrols, and supervise ARK volunteers along designated shoreline and beach areas
Schedule and coordinate volunteers to accompany daily patrols, including maintaining daily logs of volunteer patrol time and effort
Communicate with volunteers on a regular basis to organize/confirm patrol assignments and ARK needs related to nesting
Organize and maintain all nesting equipment including UTV vehicles
Manage budgets and order supplies related to nesting efforts
Develop outreach printed materials, and conduct outreach and community programming at events related to ARK nesting program
Follow establish Texas-state nesting protocols and develop an ARK-specific SOP
Assist with permit reporting and recordkeeping, including all required forms and photographs; Must uploaded to appropriate databases at the end of each nesting day
Communicate nesting data and issues to supervisor in a timely manner
Attend the USFWS and PAIS required annual nesting and stranding training including turtle documentation, nesting work, tagging, biopsy, and completion of required forms
Required to wear ARK/MANERR/UTMSI shirts and appropriate clothing
Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological, physical, or environmental sciences
Experience coordinating the activities of volunteers
Strong communication and organizational skills.
Experience with sea turtle nesting and stranding patrols
Experience with public facing and outreach programming
Familiarity with common MS Office suite
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
Basic knowledge of marine and estuarine ecology
Experience with detection of sea turtle tracks, nests, and collection and transportation of eggs and documentation of adult sea turtles at nest sites along the Texas Gulf Coast
Knowledge of UTV maintenance and repairs
Knowledge of state and federal permits

Driving Required
This job requires a class "C" operator's driver's license. The applicant selected must provide a current three year driving record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, a Texas driver's license must be obtained within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident. Employees who are required to have a CDL are subject to drug and alcohol testing (pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, random, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing).

Salary Range
$36,000/annually + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions
May work in all weather conditions.
May work around standard office conditions.
May work around electrical and mechanical hazards.
Frequent use of a keyboard at a workstation.
Frequent climbing of stairs.
Frequent lifting and moving.
Must be comfortable with public speaking to audiences of all age ranges.
Must be comfortable on boats.

Work Shift
Availability to work 30 hours/week; You will be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work

Required Materials
*3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
*Letter of interest

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