Aquatic Ecology Field Technician: Fish and herpetofauna (eastern MT; housing provided)

University of Montana
Glasgow, MT
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Description: We expect to hire 1 field technician to assist with research on the impact of beavers on aquatic communities in prairie streams of eastern Montana. The work will take place from mid May through mid August. Technician will be hired through the University of Montana, with pay dependent on experience. The goal of the research is to compare aquatic community composition at beaver-impacted and non-impacted reaches of headwater streams in the Milk River basin. Sampling efforts will focus on the collection of fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Extensive animal handling is required. Primary Duties: • Deploying/collecting minnow traps in aquatic habitats • Conducting net (seine and dip net) surveys for fish and amphibians • Identifying captured amphibian, reptile, and fish to species and life stage (amphibians) • Conducting habitat surveys • Working in muddy conditions (waders provided) • Carry 30+lbs up to a mile in potentially adverse field conditions • Organize data sheets and photos at the end of each workday. Some data entry will be done during the summer. Organization is critical. Important Details: The prairie landscapes of eastern Montana are beautiful, but they are also challenging. It can be cold one day followed by a heat wave (e.g., > 95F is common) and intense thunderstorms. Most field sites will have little shade to protect from the sun. Strong candidates will be in good physical condition and be able to work in challenging conditions while maintaining a positive attitude. This positive attitude is also important for interactions with private landowners, ranchers, and the agency stakeholders. The house will be shared with 2 other field crews (4 people total) conducting research on bats, beavers, and mosquitos in many of the same systems where you will work. To Apply: Send a short cover letter, CV or resume, and a list of 3 references ***all in 1 PDF or Word file*** to Matt Webster ( Application Deadline: March 3, 2023. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Required Qualifications: • Training or experience in wildlife or fish biology, ecology, or a similar field • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive a full-size truck, sometimes off road • Must be a US citizen and able to pass a government background check • Lodging/Schedule: • Housing will be provided in Glasgow, MT (4-bed/2-bath house; 6 people total) • We expect to work a schedule of 8-days on, 6-days off (approximately) • Experience with fish/amphibian/reptile identification preferred
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Matt Webster
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