Field-research Technician and Crew Leader opportunity in Wildlife Ecology

Montana, Idaho, Oregon

Organization: Montana State University/ USGS

Location: Bitterroot Mountains (MT), Absaroka – Beartooth Mountains (MT), Sawtooth Mountains (ID), Steens Mountain, (OR). Staging for all research trips will occur in Bozeman, MT.

Type of opportunity: Seasonal, Internship

Contact: William W. Thompson | wwthompson91@gmail.com

Duties:

  • You will work independently and as a member of a team, conducting research on American pikas (Ochotona princeps), climate change, alpine ecosystems, and their relationships to contemporary climate and other drivers.
  • Working in remote mountain environments
  • Searching for mammals and their signs
  • Conducting surveys on talus and scree slopes often in early morning and late evening; extensive navigation by compass and topographic map (and a GPS unit when topography and cloud cover allow)
  • Identification and measurements of shrub and tree species
  • Retrieval of microclimatic sensors
  • Measurement of slope and aspect
  • Careful recording and organization of data on datasheets; care and maintenance of field equipment; and data entry and checking.
  • Technicians will also be backpacking, on multiple-day trips, in four of the most stunning and ecologically unique mountain ranges in the United States.
  • After surveys have been completed, the two technicians and field crew leaders hired will be tasked with sensor collection in one of three mountain ranges.
  • Technicians hired for the project will have the opportunity to act as a crew leader if so desired, and they are deemed fit for the position.
  • Physical Demands: Field sites for this project are in remote locations located across the northwestern United States.
  • Required activities will include: hiking and backpacking in high altitudes over rough, uneven mountainous terrain or through dense forests; lifting and carrying a backpack of up to 40 pounds
  • Long days will be common and days off will be infrequent.
  • We stress that you must be in excellent physical shape for this amazing opportunity.

Desired qualifications:

  • Must have earned a high school diploma
  • Must possess a current, valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Must be able to hike a sustained pace of 3 miles per hour on trails and mild terrain
  • Must be able to hike up to 15 miles per day for 10 days straight
  • Must be able to overnight tent camp in remote locations for up to 10 days at a time
  • Must have some experience with backcountry camping, off-trail navigation, and orienteering with GPS unit and (when needed) with map and compass

Start and end dates: Two paid positions. The positions will begin approximately 06/10/2016 and end approximately 9/20/2016 (dates somewhat flexible)

Salary/pay: Technicians will have the opportunity to earn research credits, and will be paid $2,500 for the duration of the summer.

Link to more information: Wildlife Field Technician Position – American Pika (1)

How to apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae/ resume, and a list of three to six references (names, email-addresses, and phone numbers) who can attest to your qualifications relative to the position’s duties and demands by not later than May 4th to Will Thompson at wwthompson91@gmail.com, however, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on January 29 th 2016. To receive priority consideration, please submit all materials by the January date

Application deadline: ASAP, not later than May 4th

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