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Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Recovery Ecologist

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Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Recovery Ecologist 
Great Basin Institute, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Reno, NV) 

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting a Lahontan  Cutthroat Trout (LCT) Recovery Ecologist to coordinate directly with USFWS staff to advance recovery  actions for Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi), a species federally listed as  Threatened. 

The LCT-Recovery Ecologist supports recovery actions as follows: 

  • Assist with the preparation of LCT habitat and population monitoring strategies and status  assessment/review; 
  • Assist with the development of a conservation-efforts database designed to house LCT recovery related data; 
  • Assist with the improvement of GIS-related data associated with LCT recovery efforts;
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of restoration actions that benefit LCT and the  habitats it depends on; 
  • Assist in the coordination of LCT recovery activities among Fish and Wildlife Service programs  (i.e., Partners, Ecological Services, Fisheries, and Refuges) and drive forward habitat and  population related activities in line with the updated recovery objectives;  
  • Assist with Reno Fish and Wildlife Office (RFWO) efforts to coordinate and communicate with  internal and external stakeholders regarding LCT recovery efforts; 
  • Review and analyze reports, plans, agreements, and proposals to determine their effect on the  distribution and abundance of LCT and other federally listed and proposed fish, wildlife, and  plant species and their habitats; 
  • Assist in maintaining records associated with the recovery of LCT and other federally listed and  proposed fish, wildlife, and plant species and their habitats; 
  • Assist in educational outreach materials and preparation for events focused on LCT and RFWO  office priorities; 
  • At times, assist partners and/or conduct surveys to determine the status, life requirements,  habitat availability, and restoration needs for LCT or other fish, wildlife, and plants on properties  managed by Federal, State, or local agencies, or owned by private developers, partnering  landowners, or non-profit organizations; and 
  • Attend professional meetings, symposia, and training sessions to enhance knowledge and  maintain professional credibility if appropriate opportunities arise.  

This work will be based at the FWS Office in Reno, NV (RFWO). 


  • Wage: $20.00 per hour 
  • Camping Per Diem: $15.00 (as applicable) 
  • Health insurance coverage provided at no cost to you
  • Paid vacation and holidays 


  • Annual appointment beginning April, 5 2021 
  • Full time (40 hours per week), occasionally including some overtime, weekends, or holidays 


  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resource Management,  Conservation, or an allied field, and applicable experience aligned with the position description; those with an advanced degree are encouraged to apply; 
  • Strong interactive skills and ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a  diverse audience; 
  • Strong organizational approaches, and ability to focus on multiple goals and objectives while  managing time effectively; 
  • Familiarity with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mission, goals and operations; recovery efforts  for special-status species; and resource features and issues associated with the northern  Nevada, eastern Sierra, and Tahoe Basin ecoregion, preferred; 
  • Experience in database management, subjecting data to quality checks, and data compilation; • Experience with applications of GIS mapping and related software, technologies and products;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a  4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; and 
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and  team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFWS. 

How to Apply: 

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