Greater Sage-Grouse Field Technicians, University of Wyoming

 Jeffrey City, WY

Organization: University of Wyoming

Duties: Duties will include, but are not limited to locating radio-marked grouse with radio telemetry and GPS equipment; monitoring nests with/without thermal probes; nighttime brood counts; evaluating microhabitat plots at nest, brood, and random locations; collecting insect and forb production data from various locations; fecal sample collection; data entry and proofing; and operating 4 x 4 and off-road vehicles.

Work will require living in and sharing close quarters (camper trailers) with other technicians; extensive hiking; long hours (> 40/week), including some weekends if necessary; and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions including cold, heat, dust, rain, snow, biting insects, and venomous snakes. It is essential that applicants can work well with others and can also work independently. Technicians will gain valuable wildlife and vegetation monitoring experience.

Desired Qualifications: Those who have earned or are pursuing degrees in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology, or related fields are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have the ability to:
– Legibly record field data and enter it into Excel spreadsheets
– Navigate using maps and GPS equipment
– Monitor birds using radio telemetry
– Identify herbaceous and woody plants in the sagebrush steppe
– Work and live side-by-side with co-workers in camp trailers
– Work under potentially extreme weather conditions
– Assist with vegetation and insect data collection
– Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATVs
– Work LONG days and weekends with variable work schedules

Start/End dates: Two positions will last approximately 5 months (~between 25 Mar/1 Apr through 15 Aug 2017). The remaining three positions will last 3 months (~15 May through 15 Aug 2017). Start dates are somewhat flexible for the latter group of technicians.

Salary/pay: $1,800-$2,000/month + housing

How to apply: Please send a 1-2-page letter of interest and your resume/CV as a SINGLE attached PDF or Word file via email to Joshua Leonard ( no later than 31 January 2017. Please name the file with your full name followed by _FieldTech2017. In your letter of interest please include dates of when you are available to start and a short (1-2 paragraph maximum) answer to the following question: Why is it important to study greater sage-grouse and the influence of human land use practices on the species? Also, be sure to include contact information for 2 or 3 references in your resume.

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed starting the first week of Jan 2017 and will be accepted until all positions are filled.