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e-DNA Specialist — California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Join our interdisciplinary team and lead the development of an eDNA module, which will be implemented as part of our long-term monitoring program assessing aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity throughout California! This position can be viewed akin to a postdoc or as a foot in the door with governmental work. It is a great opportunity to demonstrate the utility of eDNA monitoring by building something from the ground-up, to form relationships within CA Fish and Wildlife and our many partners, and to understand how to successfully collaborate with a state agency. Specifically, this position will be responsible for developing protocols that use eDNA metabarcoding approaches for the detection of terrestrial and aquatic species, designing genetic data management infrastructure, and synthesizing metrics of biodiversity to assess watershed health and help implement conservation restoration measures. This position will involve dynamic, expanding responsibilities in the areas of regulations, monitoring, applied science, and conservation. Candidates with a PhD or MS and sufficient experience to meet the qualifications for a Senior Environmental Scientist are encouraged to apply. Please note, you have to take an 'exam' to qualify for this position. It is not an actual exam, it is just transcribing your CV and academic transcripts. The position is based out of West Sacramento, CA, is eligible for a hybrid work schedule, and includes limited field work between April-October.