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Wildlife Habitat Monitoring in Nevada (Mountain Beaver and Flying Squirrel) Volunteer

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 01/03/2011
Company Name Great Basin Institute
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Directory Entry : Conservation jobs with The Great Basin Institute. The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West
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Wildlife Habitat Monitoring in Nevada (Mountain Beaver and Flying Squirrel)

Description: Gain valuable experience in the field of the conservation biology of sensitive species in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Assist with a study of Mountain Beavers and Northern Flying Squirrels to help investigate their habitat and population status.

In cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), ICVE is accepting applications for an intern to assist in assessing habitat of Mountain Beavers (Aplodontia rufa) and habitat of Northern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) in the east Lake Tahoe Basin and Carson Range, NV. The intern may also have opportunities to participate in other ongoing studies of small mammals and birds in the vicinity. The intern 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.

Mountain Beavers live in forested riparian habitat and their restricted occurrence in west-central Nevada is poorly documented. They are considered a species of conservation concern because of their restricted range in Nevada, unknown population status in the state, and susceptibility to habitat disturbance. Findings of this study will inform a habitat suitability model and conservation plan for Nevada populations. The intern will conduct surveys for Mountain Beaver and their sign, and assess habitat characteristics, including vegetation and thermal features, using standard methods.

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. The intern will assist in collecting 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. The intern will also assist in conducting habitat assessments in the study region.

Timeline: May 16 – September 29, 2011

Compensation: This is a temporary volunteer internship. Daily food per diem and housing will be provided.


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