We are hiring two (2) crew leaders and up to four (4) field technicians May – September 2019 to assist with lamb captures and habitat assessment of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the Northern Wind River and Gros Ventre Ranges. This work is part of an ongoing collaborative project investigating the role of nutrition and disease in bighorn sheep population dynamics. Adult ewes have been captured biannually since 2015 to monitor bacterial pathogen prevalence and nutritional condition. Cause-specific lamb mortality, fecal samples, and habitat work are part of the next phase of the project.
Primary technician duties will include capturing, collaring, and monitoring lambs, assessing cause-specific mortality of lambs, fecal collection, and habitat assessments and treatments. This will require use of GPS units and radio telemetry. These sheep summer in remote areas of the Fitzpatrick and Gros Ventre Wilderness and frequent backpacking will be necessary. Work schedules are irregular and include long days, weekend work, and little time off, especially during parturition (end of May – early July). Work days typically entail 5 – 25 miles of hiking on and off-trail with 2,000 – 5,000 feet of elevation gain. After parturition, there will be a more predictable schedule with planned days off. The study area is rugged alpine country with cliffs, talus and scree fields, glaciers, black bears, grizzly bears, mosquitoes, and ticks. Weather conditions throughout the summer can be variable, including frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Though we will be backpacking most of the time, some days will be in-and-out, especially during parturition. When we are not backpacking, housing will be provided in Dubois and Jackson, Wyoming.
1. Completed or near completed degree in ecology, wildlife and fisheries, or related field
2. Strong interest and ability in hiking 5 - 25 miles per day in steep terrain on and off trails, rock hopping, and route finding
3. Excellent physical fitness and ability to carry a heavy pack
4. Ability to backpack self supported for up to 5 days at a time
5. Willingness to work long and irregular hours with little time off
6. Ability to work well in a small team in remote settings
7. Organized, detail-oriented, strong work ethic, positive attitude
8. Experience in outdoor leadership and backcountry traveling
9. Valid driver’s license
10. Bear awareness and ability to keep a bear safe camp
1. Experience in radio telemetry, neonate captures. and animal handling
2. Experience climbing and basic mountaineering
3. Experience with alpine plant identification and vegetation surveys
4. Knowledge of and experience with wilderness first aid
To apply: Please email one PDF document containing, CV, cover letter detailing wildlife and outdoor (backpacking, climbing, etc..) experience, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Name the file YOURLASTNAME_wyosheep2019.pdf and include “NW Wyoming Bighorn Sheep Technician” in the subject line of the email. We will start reviewing applications immediately and continue until all positions are filled.