Research Technician – Wyoming

Agency
Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative
Location
Kemmerer, WY
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$2,400 per month
Start Date
10/01/2017
Last Date to Apply
08/23/2017
Description
We are seeking a dedicated technician to assist with a road ecology study in western Wyoming. Western Wyoming is home to significant populations of big game and some of the most intact ungulate migration routes in the United States. Nevertheless, species such as mule deer face myriad challenges as they navigate a landscape increasingly impacted and fragmented by human activities. Roads are one type of barrier that animals must face as they migrate between and move within their seasonal ranges. In partnership with the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), we are testing the extent to which lowering nighttime speed limits can reduce the negative impacts of vehicles on mule deer and other large mammals. We will do this by collecting data on vehicle speeds and traffic patterns, working with WYDOT crews to collect carcass data, and collecting behavioral data on deer-road interactions using a nighttime thermal video camera. Field work will involve driving to study sites, deploying and maintaining sensitive automated equipment (radar speed recorders and thermal video camera systems), and counting carcasses. Office work will require reviewing video footage and collecting deer behavioral data from that footage, managing data, and managing equipment. The Research Technician will report to and work alongside the Lead Research Technician. The Research Technician should be prepared to spend considerable time driving and working along the roadside, often in adverse weather conditions. Field housing will be provided in Kemmerer, WY. The Research Technician will have to supply his or her own computer and vehicle (project-related mileage will be reimbursed).
Qualifications
Desired qualifications include: Bachelors or Masters degree; prior field crew experience; experience installing and maintaining electronic equipment; data management experience; experience working with public agency staff; and a positive attitude and willingness to work hard as part of a team based in rural Wyoming. To Apply: Send a single PDF document (“Lastname_Firstname_Tech.pdf”) to elizabeth.fairbank@umconnect.umt.edu containing (1) cover letter/statement of interest, (2) CV, (3) copies of undergraduate and any graduate transcripts (unofficial okay), and (4) contact information for three references.
Contact Person
Liz Fairbank
Contact eMail
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