Montana, Idaho, Oregon
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 | email@example.com
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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