Recreation-Wildlife Technician, University of Wyoming

Jackson Hole, WY

Job Title: Recreation-Wildlife Technician

Organization: University of Wyoming

Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Overview: The Jackson Hole Recreation-Wildlife Project is a collaborative project between the University of Wyoming and the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The aims of this project are to 1) establish baseline data on characteristics and resource conditions of high-priority dispersed campsites, 2) use camera trap photos to assess general biodiversity and wildlife’s spatial and temporal activity near dispersed campsites, 3) evaluate the efficacy of the dispersed campsite ambassador program via resource condition data and social surveys of campers. This work is occurring in locations throughout Jackson Hole. 

Duties: The primary tasks for this position include administering social surveys to campers, conducting resource condition assessments of dispersed campsites, helping communicate research via project’s social media account, and sorting camera trap photos. There may be opportunities to aid in deployment and retrieval of camera traps as well. These tasks will require candidates to use an iPad, GPS units, 4WD vehicles, camera traps, and maintain accurate database information on a daily basis. Work schedules are irregular and include long days and holiday and weekend work. In addition, work days can entail >8 miles of hiking per day in steep terrain. Weather conditions throughout the summer can be variable and adverse weather conditions are to be expected. Housing will be provided in the form of a remote, shared bunkhouse at UW-NPS Research Station (AMK Ranch) in Grand Teton National Park.

Required Qualifications: 

  • B.S. or working towards finishing a degree in a related field
  • Must be able to maintain a positive attitude during long periods of work in the field
  • Desire to learn new skills with humility
  • Effectiveness in working cooperatively with the public and project partners 
  • Strong organizational and detail-oriented attitude
  • Must be willing to work long days for multiple days at a time
  • Must be comfortable and safe while working alone in remote areas without service
  • Must be in good physical condition and willing to hike up to 10 miles per day
  • Must be willing to work in adverse outdoor conditions with grizzly bears, mosquitos, snakes, etc
  • Must possess valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  • Ability to work in all types of weather (rain, snow, wind, extremely hot or cold temperatures) 
  • 4WD operating experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Wilderness first aid skills
  • Experience administering social surveys
  • Experience using a handheld GPS and orienteering skills
  • Experience managing social media page
  • Experience working with volunteers

Start/End dates: Starting June 1, running through August 17-31

Salary/pay: $1000/month + housing

Application Deadline: February 7 at 5 pm MST

How to Apply: Please email a cover letter with your interest in the position, resume with your qualifications, and contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for three references in ONE PDF FILE to the following contact: cgarrit2@uwyo.edu. Please include “Recreation-Wildlife Technician” in the subject line of the email.