Current openings:

Internships and seasonal positions:

INTERNSHIPS/SEASONAL POSITIONS

Egg Salvage Technician

California Waterfowl seeks a highly-motivated waterfowl/agriculture technician to assist with egg salvage field searches and hatchery management from April to August 2019.

A successful applicant should expect to participate in all aspects of our Egg Salvage Program work. Applicants should be comfortable working independently and as a part of a team in sometimes adverse field settings, as well as working in a rearing/rehabilitation facility.

Field responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) locating and scouting agricultural fields with high nesting activity and conducting field searches and egg recoveries, as well as ride-alongs in harvesting equipment. Field work is often physically and mentally demanding and can occur in extreme weather conditions. Applicants must have the physical ability to work long hours outdoors, carry field equipment, and walk long distances.

Hatchery facility duties primarily consist of caring for ducklings and helping to maintain a clean, sanitary environment under the direction of the facility manager. Assisting with the sexing and banding of ducklings, as well as the transportation and release of these waterfowl, will also be required. Applicants should be comfortable with guiding volunteers and youth during educational field days as well.

Applicant should be results-oriented and able to connect and build rapport with strangers, as well as possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Technician must be comfortable working alongside landowners and farmers. The technician will be required to work a flexible schedule including weekend work, as well as be on call for egg pickups on some evenings.

The successful applicant will ideally start in April 2019. The position is full time (32-40 hours per week) and will run approximately five months, but variable schedules should be expected during intensive/easy portions of field seasons.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a background in agriculture, wildlife biology, ecology or a related field with an associate or bachelor’s degree. Previous agricultural experience and familiarity with the Spanish language is preferred. Experience working independently in the field, especially operating four-wheel drive vehicles and ATVs, is desirable but not required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. Vehicles will be supplied for work-related travel. Experience with – or an interest in – waterfowl hunting, farming and conservation work is considered a plus.

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter, your cover letter/resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jason Coslovich at jcoslovich@calwaterfowl.org. Include ‘Egg Salvage Technician’ in the subject line of application email.

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Wetland Habitat Technician

California Waterfowl is looking to hire a Wetland Habitat Technician.  This is an entry level seasonal position.  The term of employment will be approximately April 2019-October 2019 (actual dates to be determined).  There may be an opportunity for continued employment past October depending on workload and employee performance.

Primary duties of the wetland habitat technician will include documenting baseline site conditions of habitat enhancement and restoration projects including water control infrastructure, topography and vegetation. The position requires regular and extended travel to remote locations, excellent communication, personal organization, writing and basic project management skills including scheduling, record keeping, data tracking and reporting.

The ideal candidate must be self-motivated and comfortable working in remote areas independently.  Experience and/or knowledge of wetland and waterfowl management practices, wetland plant identification, conservation planning and design, all-terrain/off-road vehicle operation, heavy equipment operation, GIS, GPS and hunter education certification is desired.

Preference will be given to an individual who has completed or is pursuing a four-year college degree in wildlife conservation, natural resource management or related field. Starting pay is $14-16/hr. Location is TBD with the potential for satellite/telecommuting.

Please send cover letter and resume to Robert Eddings at reddings@calwaterfowl.org.

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Visitor services assistant interns

Two visitor services assistant interns are stationed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and are considered CWA paid interns and USFWS volunteers.  VSAs do a variety of duties: work in the Visitor Center store and exhibits, lead the refuge auto tour, lead classroom and outdoor education programs, assist with the Junior Duck Stamp Program and Art Contest, interact with the general public, teachers and students, maintain trail signage and refuge equipment, and take on other visitor services department supportive tasks as assigned.  This is a Seasonal, full-time position from September/October of one year to mid-April of the following year.  To learn more and how to apply, please email mmaupin@calwaterfowl.org.

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Camp Sprig-Assistant –  position open until filled

We have a number of openings for Camp Sprig assistants for the summer of 2019. The selected candidates will receive extensive hands-on work experience to complement classroom education and prepare for future employment in youth education, recreation and/or event planning. Camp assistants will learn about waterfowl and waterfowl hunting, as well as wetlands, wildlife and conservation. The goal is to help youths and adults develop outdoor recreational skills and a conservation mindset while attending single- and multi-day camps throughout California.

Objective: To hold CWA youth camps and programs at Grizzly Ranch in Suisun City (near Fairfield) teaching camp attendees (youth and adult) about waterfowl, wetlands, wildlife, shooting, hunting and conservation. The assistants will work closely with CWA’s Camp Program Coordinators to promote and host numerous events between June 1 st and August 12th .

Duties: Program coordination: Work alongside CWA staff to learn the camp programs/standards and be able to coordinate activities and implement camp curriculum. Assist campers in a variety of activities throughout the week like duck banding, shooting skills development, hunter education and fun summer camp activities. Overnight supervision of up to five campers. Provide camp promotional updates, videos and photos to CWA to utilize on website and social media.

Qualifications: Applicants must be 18 years old or older on June 1 and have basic wildlife/conservation biology knowledge. Public speaking skills are a must, and experience working with youth ages 8-15 is preferred. General knowledge of North American waterfowl, waterfowl hunting, wetland habitats and shooting is a plus, but not required. Pursuit of a teaching credential in any discipline, recreation programs or related field is preferred. The assistant must be energetic, organized, reliable and self-motivated. Screening processes include a DMV records check and fingerprinting/background check.

Work site, term and compensation: Work site will be Grizzly Ranch in Suisun Marsh; the camp assistants must be able to travel to camp site and stay overnight for some weekend events and the 5-day camps. Position is June 1, 2019, through August 9, 2019 . This is a paid position with pay depending on experience. Qualified individuals will be contacted for interviews. Email resume to Taylor Byars, tbyars@calwaterfowl.org.

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Junior Camp Sprig-Assistant (unpaid)

We have a number of openings for Camp Sprig junior counselors during the summer of 2019. The selected candidates will receive extensive hands-on work experience to complement classroom education and prepare for future employment in youth education, recreation and/or event planning. Junior counselors will learn about waterfowl and waterfowl hunting as well as wetlands, wildlife and conservation. The goal is to help youths and adults develop outdoor recreational skills and a conservation mindset while attending single and multiple day camps throughout California.

Objective: To hold CWA youth camps and programs at Grizzly Ranch in Suisun City (near Fairfield) teaching camp attendees (youth and adult) about waterfowl, wetlands, wildlife, shooting, hunting and conservation. The junior counselors will work closely with CWA’s camp program coordinators to promote and host any of the six camps that will be hosted in June and July.

Duties: Program coordination: Work alongside CWA staff to implement camp curriculum. Assist campers in a variety of activities throughout the week like duck banding, shooting skills development, hunter education and fun summer camp activities.

Qualifications: Applicants MUST BE at least 15-18 years old and have basic wildlife/conservation biology knowledge. Public speaking skills a must, and experience working with youths ages 8-15 years of age preferred. General knowledge of North American waterfowl, waterfowl hunting, wetland habitats and shooting is a plus, but not required. Pursuit of a teaching credential in any discipline, recreation programs or related field is preferred. The junior counselors must be energetic, organized, reliable and self-motivated.

Work site, term and compensation: Work site will be Grizzly Ranch in Suisun Marsh; the junior counselors must be able to get travel to camp site and stay overnight for the 5-day camps. Position will be on a camp by camp basis with camps hosted during June and July. This is an unpaid position.

Deadline and application process: Position is open until filled. Please CLICK HERE to apply. Contact Taylor Byars, tbyars@calwaterfowl.org with any questions you may have prior to applying.

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Camp Sprig- Camp Medic

Care for children and young adults during our  summer camps in the Suisun Marsh. Monitor students in 3rd grade through twelfth grade as they engage in hands-on, ecological and environmental activities with the goal of keeping our future stewards of our natural world safe, healthy and happy.

This position is an assistantship to the Health and Safety Coordinator for monitoring and caring for camp participants, volunteers, and staff during indoor and outdoor education programs about waterfowl and wetland conservation. Main tasks include: administering medications brought by the participants; responding to emergency situations in a quick, professional manner; treating minor cuts, scrapes and bites incurred during moderate outdoor physical activity; and generally monitoring the health and well-being of all individuals on the campus paying attention to the frequent application of sunscreen, constant hydration, and treating insect bites. The assistant will interact with teachers, students, volunteers, and the public in a positive, motivating manner as a representative of California Waterfowl to encourage the development of future environmental stewards.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold any of the following medical certifications:
Medical Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner. Applicants may also be required to hold a current CPR/First Aid Certification. Assistants should be interested in waterfowl, wetland issues, and enjoy working with youth ages 10 to 18. The assistant must be energetic, well organized, reliable, and self-motivated. Physical abilities include lifting up to 50 lbs, walking/hiking nature trails with students, monitoring outdoor activities in inclement weather, and operating a golf cart or ATV type vehicle as a mobile medical/hydration center. Screening processes include a DMV records check and fingerprinting/background check.

Work Site, Term, and Compensation: The work site is based at Grizzly Ranch in the Suisun Marsh, near Suisun City. The Camp Medic will be required to live on campus in CWA provided housing for the duration of six 5-day long summer camp cycles between June and August with Fridays and Saturdays being off days. All meals and uniform shirts will be provided by CWA for this time frame. The position is part time- full time 35-40 hours/week from _June 1st, 2018-July 28th 2019 with compensation of a $15 / hour. California Waterfowl is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline and application process: Position is open until filled. Qualified individuals will be contacted for interviews. Email resume to Taylor Byars, tbyars@calwaterfowl.org.

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Camp Sprig – Camp Food Service Manager

The Camp Food Service Manager ensures that high quality and nutritional food is provided to camp participants.  The manager provides an environment which supports the camp’s vision of growing and building relationships in an outdoor setting. The position manages the camp’s food service operation within the established budget and maintains the highest standards of health and sanitation possible.  The manager supervises kitchen staff, the ordering and preparation of food and menu planning.  The manager supervises the outdoor kitchen and maintains cleanliness of the grills and griddles and oversees the serving of food to campers and staff.

Qualifications: Minimum age of 21. Minimum of two years of experience in working in food service preparation and delivery Minimum of one year of experience supervising or directing kitchen staff. Upon hire, completion of CWA provided First Aid and CPR certification. Food Safe Certification by the county Public Health Department or the ability to obtain the certification. Effective verbal communication skills. Basic computer skills. Ability and desire to work with camp staff and other young people. Ability to work within a diverse group. Experience cooking outdoors on open flame grills and griddle.

Preferred: Prior experience working in camp food service. Knowledge of kitchen equipment operation. Post-secondary education in nutrition. Dedication to the philosophy and mission of California Waterfowl.

Essential Functions: Develop menu plans that support healthy, nutritious meals for campers, groups and participants within the established budget. Maintains an appropriate inventory of food supplies working with food providers to ensure quality of food supplies. Provides menu options for a wide variety of dietary needs and restrictions. Prepares or oversees the preparation and delivery of meals. Develops and enforces safety and cleanliness protocols. Manages kitchen staff and volunteers for timely meal service. Maintains positive relationships with campers, staff and volunteers which support the camping vision.

Work Site, Term, and Compensation: The work site is at Grizzly Ranch in the Suisun Marsh, near Suisun City. Room and board is available on campus in CWA provided housing for the duration of six 5-day long summer camp cycles between June and August with Fridays and Saturdays being off days. All meals and uniform shirts will be provided by CWA for this time frame. The position is part time- full time 35-40 hours/week from _June 1st, 2018-July 28th 2019 with compensation of a $15 / hour. California Waterfowl is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline and application process: Position is open until filled. Qualified individuals will be contacted for interviews. Email resume to Taylor Byars, tbyars@calwaterfowl.org.

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