Bear Hair Snare Technician

University of Tennessee Knoxville
Big South Fork National River and Recreation area
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The University of Tennessee Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries is seeking self-sufficient, detail-oriented individuals for several (~12) seasonal technician positions to gather data for a regional population study of black bears in the Cumberland Plateau. The work will take place in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area as well as the surrounding area. Technicians will be working under supervisory technicians and various state and federal agency officials. On-site housing (if necessary) and work vehicle will be provided. Primary responsibilities include construction and checking of a series of barbed wire exclosures (hair snares) designed to collect black bear hair (no live trapping is planned). Training and construction of hair snares will begin about May 28. Initial setting of snares starts June 18, after which hair snares will be checked weekly for 6 weeks from June 24-August 2 2019. A large portion of the construction and all of the sampling will be done by employees working alone. The duration of this position is approximately 11 weeks to allow for site construction, pre-baiting of hair snares, and deconstruction after collection is complete. Start and end dates may be subject to change and are estimates at this time.
Must have a valid driver’s license. Professionalism is a must as applicants are expected to interact with private landowners, management agencies, and the general public while conducting field research. Applicants should have a positive, professional attitude, an outgoing personality, and experience or willingness to learn about black bear population research and management. Applicants should also be able and willing to work independently of fellow crew members in remote field locations. Organizational skill is needed for cataloguing of hair samples. Adherence to strict safety protocols is required. We expect technicians to be comfortable working alone in field situations and operating 4wd and 2wd vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and handheld GPS units. Orienteering experience is preferred but not required. We also expect technicians to have the ability and willingness to lift at least 35 lbs., to deal with heat and insects, and to read and follow maps. It is preferred but not required to have knowledge of locale, experience pulling a trailer, mechanical knowledge, a personal vehicle, and a smart phone. Applicants need to be in good physical condition, as duties will require long hikes off-trail over steep terrain and through thick ground cover in variable weather conditions while carrying field equipment. Medical response training preferred but not required. To apply, please send: 1) cover letter detailing interest, qualifications, and availability, 2) resume, and 3) names and contact information for at least 3 professional references (no letters of recommendation) to Joshua Alston at . Combine all files into ONE PDF file. Please include “hair snare technician” in the subject line. The University of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We do not discriminate by race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors
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