Quail and Habitat Monitoring Technician

Expected Dates
August 21, 2017 to August 18, 2018
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for the management and recovery of the endangered Masked Bobwhite quail.  The quail’s historic range included several valleys in southern Arizona and a larger portion of Sonora, Mexico.  The desert grassland valley habitat in southern AZ was degraded over a century ago when a combination of overgrazing and drought led to sweeping changes in vegetation and hydrology in the valley that severely impacted the Masked Bobwhite quail population.  Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1985 to preserve and protect habitat for the quail and lead the recovery effort.  This position will be directly involved in habitat management and improvements including native grass and shrub planting, mesquite management for creation of better quail habitat, and monitoring of the same.  Another major aspect of the position will be monitoring habitat use and survival of released quail by use of telemetry.  Data entry and analysis will be a major part of both the habitat and telemetry projects.  Other projects, as time permits, may include assisting with quail care and breeding and production of year-end reports.
A bachelor’s degree or evidence of some coursework and/or work experience in habitat management, data management and wildlife biology.  Proficiency with ArcGIS is a plus, but not required. Interns with strong backgrounds in the areas of wildlife biology/botany who also demonstrate a strong professional interest in these areas will be considered. Ability to pass agency background check successfully.
Ability to complete agency computer, privacy, and records management training successfully.
Intern must possess a valid driver’s license.
Ability to complete Defensive Driver Training successfully.
Good writing and verbal communication skills.
Ability, willingness, and professionalism to work in remote field sites.
Ability and willingness to work in an office setting when entering data.
Knowledge or willingness to learn to use handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) device and telemetry equipment.
Familiarity with Microsoft operating systems and Microsoft Office software including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation programs.
Knowledge of ArcMap geographic information system (GIS) software.
Ability to read and use maps.
Ability to safely and proficiently operate vehicles and equipment in rugged, remote sites independently or as part of a team.
  • Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, nearly 120,000 acres, is approximately 70 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona. Located in the Altar Valley, it is mostly a semi-desert grassland valley between the Baboquivari and Las Guijas mountain ranges. The refuge lands were historically part of the range of the Masked bobwhite quail that extended south into Sonora, Mexico. The refuge is one of a handful of national wildlife refuges managed specifically for an endangered species.
  • GIS, botany, telemetry, possibly equipment training
  • Endless hiking opportunities both on and off-refuge and surrounding areas of Arizona.
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Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
degree minor or extensive experience
Field Research
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Working with Animals
competent with supervision
Data Analysis
competent with supervision
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience