We are seeking a summer field technician for a research project studying the trophic interactions of reintroduced fishers in the South Cascade. The purpose of this research is to assess how forest management, prey availability and presence of other carnivores affects habitat use of reintroduced fishers. Duties will include conducting mark-recapture surveys for small mammals (voles, mice, chipmunks), establishing and maintaining remote camera traps to monitor mammalian predators, vegetation sampling, and other field and data management duties. We will camp at field sites for 5-6 days a week at field sites, and have housing in Mt. Rainier National Park for days off.
Applicants should have completed or be working towards a B.S. degree in biology, ecology, wildlife science or a related field and have an interest in mammalian ecology. We are seeking candidates with experience conducting small mammal surveys, with emphasis on forest habitats. Experience using remote cameras and sampling forest vegetation is preferred. Must be able to work well in a team as well as individually. Must be able to work irregular hours and deal with adverse weather and field conditions while maintaining a good attitude. Must have experience navigating with GPS and maps, experience navigating through closed forest is preferred. Must be able to hike 10 miles a day carrying up to 50lbs of gear over steep and uneven terrain through forest understory. Experience conducting data entry and management using Microsoft Excel is preferred. Applicants must have valid driver’s license and be US citizens.
To apply, please send a single document including a brief cover letter, CV and contact information for 3 references to: