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Arizona, Apr-Oct 2014 - Sampling Volunteers

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:04 AM

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From: Pillow, Michael <michael_pillow@fws.gov>
Date: Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM
Subject: 2014 USFWS Volunteer Opportunities: Little Colorado River, Arizona


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation office in Flagstaff, AZ is once again looking for a few volunteers for our upcoming 2014 field season. Each spring and fall we conduct sampling trips to monitor native fishes in the Little Colorado River, a tributary of the Colorado River near Grand Canyon National Park. Our trips are typically ten days long and we use hoopnets to capture and collect information on native fish, including the federally endangered humpback chub (Gila cypha).

Sampling is conducted from three remote field camps along the river, with nets fished each day within a specific reach. Due to the remote area in which we work, crews are transported to camps via helicopter, and contact with the outside world is extremely limited. We are looking for volunteers who are comfortable in primitive camping situations, working in difficult or adverse weather conditions, and hiking long distances (up to ~6 miles in a day) over rough terrain. Federal travel budgets are very tight again this year, and openings are very limited, so priority will be given to volunteers who are local or can cover their own travel costs. Volunteer lodging and meals while in Flagstaff will be reimbursed at the government local per diem rate. All meals in the field will be provided. Please check out the attached document for more information. A biology or fisheries background is preferred but not essential. The dates of our trips are below.

If you are interested in volunteering, we ask that you please provide us with a resume or brief summary of your background, highlighting your experience in conducting fieldwork and working in remote situations, as well as contact information for three references that we may call to discuss your previous work history. Once we have filled all of the volunteer positions and established standby lists for each trip, you will receive an email from us notifying you of your position.

In exchange for your labor, you will get to see one of the most remote and beautiful areas of the southwest, work with endangered species, and you will eat very well!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Feel free to call or email me with any questions you have. Also, please help us distribute this volunteer announcement and pass along this along to your students, colleagues and friends. We apologize however, due to logistics, we are unable to accept volunteers coming from outside the United States.

We look forward to hearing from you!

2014 Little Colorado River monitoring trip dates:
Apr. 15-25, 2014
May 13-23, 2014
Sep. 23-Oct. 3, 2014
Oct. 21-31, 2014

Michael Pillow
Volunteer Coordinator
(928) 556-2107

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