Jacobs Desert Tortoise Biologist
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The rapidly expanding Environmental Science practice is looking for a junior level, part-time biologist. The position is based out of Jacobs’ Las Vegas office. Staff must reside in the Las Vegas area and must be capable of meeting project-specific workload demands.
- Monitoring construction activities to protect desert tortoises, weekly checks of tortoise exclusion fencing, handling and relocation of tortoises as needed, providing worker environmental awareness training, as well as other tasks as assigned.
- Must be familiar with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) desert tortoise field manual, tortoise survey techniques, handling protocols, and burrow excavation.
- Daily log of compliance issues and field notes are to be recorded.
- Candidates must be able and willing to work outdoors for extended periods under all weather conditions.
- Must demonstrate ability to interact with construction personnel, follow all workplace safety protocols, and to work independently or with limited supervision.
- Work schedule will be heaviest at start of project and through November with potential to extend for one year.
Essential Functions: Intermittent sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, twisting, and lifting. Lifting requirements limited to 20 lbs. in the form of supplies, drawings, etc. Longest distance carried of 50 feet. Hand manipulation is required for simple grasping, pushing and pulling, and fine manipulation. Right and/or left hands utilized. Occasional need to reach and/or work above the shoulder, for supplies, as well as below the shoulder for same. No foot controls necessary. Must be alert to equipment in the field, there will be occasional travel, will work near construction job site equipment when in the field, occasional need to work near hazardous equipment and machinery, occasional need to walk on uneven ground, exposure to dust, gas or fumes, exposure to noise, extremes in temperature or humidity, and potential work at heights.
- Hold or have the ability to obtain an Authorized Tortoise Biologist permit from USFWS
- Familiarity with desert tortoise handling protocols
- Ability/willingness to travel
- Ability to start immediately
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Organizational and time management skills to effectively complete assigned workload within defined timelines and in accordance with established standards
- B.S. Degree or higher in Biology
- Experience working around construction crews and working safely around heavy machinery
- Comfortable working independently
- At least 2 years of field experience in project monitoring
- At least 2 years of field experience conducting surveys for desert tortoise
Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.
: United States-Arizona-Phoenix
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