Position: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Volunteer
Positions available: 2
Start date: one September and one October
Commitment: 6-7 months
Living Stipend: Competitive grant application via NGO
Location: Alpine, AZ
Housing: Provided (mobile home trailers in Forest Service compound)
Major Duties: The volunteer will perform a variety of tasks in support of the Mexican wolf recovery project. This is a very field-based opportunity. Duties MAY include the following:
• Monitoring wolf distribution and occurrence (using track identification , scat ID, and howling surveys)
• Conducting radio-telemetry (by vehicle or hiking) using receivers and H-antenna to monitor the locations and movements of radio collared wolves. Telemetry skills also involve using a map, compass and GPS to triangulate and plot wolf locations. Previous experience with radio-telemetry is a strong plus.
• Hazing wolves using non-lethal munitions such as cracker shells. Previous experience using firearms is a plus. (Applicants must be legally able to possess a firearm)
• Backcountry travel by 4WD vehicle, hiking and backpacking. Camping and horseback riding are possible. Extended periods of work in remote areas for behavioral observations and various management activities can occur.
• Depending on seasonal needs, the volunteer MAY assist project biologists with various wolf management and research activities such as:
Capture (using leg-hold traps or darting).
Radio collaring of wolves including medical workups (blood, vaccines etc) and measurements
Possible monitoring of den and rendezvous site activity
Being a courteous ambassador of the wolf program, distributing current wolf information and educational materials to ranchers, campers, hunters, and other persons using the recovery area
• Office tasks such as data entry (entering location and other data in computer database) and equipment maintenance (vehicles, traps, snowmobiles and ATV’s etc). Depending on current seasonal activities, volunteer may be asked to assist with a wide variety of project needs, complex or tedious. Flexibility and a good helpful attitude are essential.
Qualifications: The applicant should be age 21 or over, in excellent physical health and hold a current drivers license. He/she must be able to work independently and with a team and demonstrate a good level of flexibility. Work is often in remote areas with extreme environmental conditions. Long, irregular hours can be anticipated. Applicants with or working towards a Bachelors degree in wildlife biology are desirable. Experiences in back country travel, map and compass use, wildlife or wolf handling and tracking, ranching, hunting and trapping are helpful. Remote back country hiking and camping experience, radio-telemetry, 4WD vehicle operation, and good communication skills are preferred.
The applicant must be willing to represent the views and goals of the USFWS, Mexican Wolf Program to cooperators and the public, and adhere to the services code of conduct and ethics.
E-mail a short cover letter, resume, and 3 references as one document to the Volunteer Coordinator: Janess_Vartanian@fws.gov.
No phone calls please. The position announcement closes as soon as filled; early consideration will be given as resumes are received.