Appalachian Cottontail Field Technician: Pennsylvania

Agency
Indiana University of Pa
Location
Central Pennsylvania
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$15.00 per hour
Start Date
01/18/2022
Last Date to Apply
01/31/2022
Description
Seeking project technicians to conduct fecal pellet surveys and vegetation surveys in publicly-owned forests of Pennsylvania. The Appalachian cottontail (Sylvilagus obscurus) is a species of high-level concern in the Commonwealth’s Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), and with foresters and land managers treating increasing numbers of acres per year through a variety of practices, there is a need to assess the potential benefits of these activities on species. Sampling efforts will concenand ends on 3/14/2021. trate on focal areas with recent or historical records of Appalachian cottontails. Technicians will work 40 hours per week, but hours may be irregular at times. The position starts as 1/18/2022 or as soon as possible after that date. Housing, field vehicles, and fuel will be provided. To apply, please email a cover letter and CV/resume with three references and contact information in a single PDF file.
Qualifications
Qualified candidates will possess strong skills for working independently to navigate to study sites, walk transects, and strictly follow fecal pellet collection protocols. Technicians will also measure vegetation characteristics, enter data, and perform other field activities as these activities will also be important for the field crew to function. Strong applicants will also have a passion for spending many hours walking within a variety of managed forest conditions conducting surveys, be physically fit and capable of working in a rugged forested setting during winter months. The ability to communicate with private landowners and public land managers, navigate using GPS, and work well in teams (especially paired with a partner) is also a must.
Contact Person
Jacob Newbill
Contact eMail
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