Two field work positions, approximately June 11 – July 30. This is a long-term amphibian monitoring project supported by the National Park Service. Duties include hiking on and off trail to targeted wetlands in Yellowstone, conducting daytime surveys for amphibians, and collecting habitat data. The work is done by 2-person field crews. Most workdays include long hikes to areas away from roads. Pay is based on hours worked; we estimate a total of about 300 hours per person. Crew members use their own vehicles, with mileage reimbursed at 53 cents per mile. Accommodations are provided in central Yellowstone National Park.
Experience in wildlife surveys, species identification, and data collection is required. Previous field work with amphibians is preferred. Candidates should be in excellent physical condition, be willing to work with one other person in grizzly bear country, and have the endurance for long hikes over rough terrain in sometimes adverse conditions including biting insects. Applicants must show that they have experience in off-trail hiking and camping, plus skills in map-reading and use of GPS. Basic first aid certification is required. Employees need to provide their own hiking/camping gear (backpack, sleeping bag, good hiking boots), and have a reliable vehicle to reach the field station in Yellowstone and to drive to study areas in the Park.
To Apply: Email the following items (preferably as one document): a cover letter, your resume, and 3 references in the U.S. with contact information (phone number and email). The cover letter should highlight your relevant experience. Please attach a list of recent backpack trips describing the place, number of days, and approximate hiking distance on and off trail. Applications from qualified couples or friends wishing to work together are welcomed; please let us know in your cover letter.