Four technicians are needed to conduct surveys for sagebrush-dependent species and monitor vegetation in south central Idaho. The project will be evaluating the long-term impact of the 2007 Murphy Complex Fire. Methods include conducting point count surveys for breeding birds and measuring vegetation cover and height along transects. Surveys for other wildlife species may also be conducted. Following field work, there may be office work compiling and entering data. Exact start and end dates can be adjusted.
The successful applicant must have at least 2 years of college coursework in wildlife ecology, botany, rangeland ecology, or a related discipline. The applicant must be able to collect data accurately, pay attention to detail, and have experience with conducting songbird surveys and with plant species identification. The applicant must be able to work effectively and cooperatively with co-workers, agency partners, and the public. The applicant must work as a team member and have a safety-conscious and positive attitude in sometimes difficult working conditions. Housing has not yet been determined, but may include a combination of bunk houses or camper trailers.
This position requires the physical ability to walk off-trail for several miles a day, work in extreme weather with no shade, bend down to survey plants, and survey songbirds by ear. The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate 4x4 vehicles safely on rough dirt roads.
- Bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology, biology, natural resources, or related discipline, with at least one ornithology course and one plant identification course
- Experience identifying birds by song, identifying plant species, monitoring vegetation, and doing fieldwork, preferably in sagebrush steppe communities
- Experience using field equipment (e.g., compass, topo maps, camera, GPS unit)
- Experience collecting, quality checking, and managing data using databases or spreadsheets.
How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter, resume, a completed application for temporary employment, copy of college transcripts (unofficial copy is fine), and contact information for three references to contact below.