Biological Field Technicians-New Mexico

Texas Tech University
BLM Sand’s Ranch in eastern New, Mexico
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Commensurate with experience; on site housing provided
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Multiple technician positions lasting ~16 to 24 weeks, with variable start dates between 03/15/2018 and 4/15/2018. Work assisting with PhD research investigating habitat selection and nest success of lesser prairie chickens in response to various prescribed fire and grazing management systems. Research is part of ongoing, long-term, nationwide research investigating lesser prairie chicken ecology. Work includes, but not limited to, trapping, handling, banding, biological tissue and blood collection, GPS transmitter attachment, and collecting morphological metrics from captured lesser prairie chickens. Other activities include UHF radio telemetry, nest site detection, monitoring, nest failure evaluation, vegetation surveys, macro-invertebrate sampling, data entry, using GPS units, compasses, reading maps, operating four-wheel drive vehicles, and ATV’s. Other job duties could be added as needed. Job will require walking long distances over rough terrain, occasional lifting of heavy objects (>30 pounds), long hours in adverse conditions, but provide a unique opportunity to gain extremely valuable field experience, while expanding scientific understanding of iconic species on the verge of possible enlistment as threatened/endangered.
Training in wildlife biology, ecology, or related field. Successful applicants will be enthusiastic with the ability to maintain a positive attitude while working under extreme and varying environmental conditions for extended periods. Working in areas with hazardous wildlife and biting insects. Ability to work independently and as a member of team, interact appropriately with other collaborators and government employees. Be detail oriented, able to follow instructions, protocols, methods, and instructions. Possess the ability respect, communicate, and continually get along with a diverse group fellow employees. Work varied schedules, including predawn start times, long hours, nights, and weekends. Work in remotely located areas for extended periods. Preference may be given to applicants having experience with above described job duties, but experience is not necessary. Ability to take detailed field notes, proficiency with data collection, management, and entry preferred. Applicants must be currently eligible to work in the U.S., have valid driver’s license, be able to pass a background check, and be willing to operate four-wheel drive vehicles and ATV’s in remote areas. Provided housing will be multiple occupancy. To apply send cover letter, resume/CV, and list of three references to, include LPC tech in subject line. If you have previously applied for these technician positions and want to be considered for these earlier start dates, please send email requesting consideration with name, earliest possible start date, and include “LPC Early Date” in subject line. Interviews will be scheduled as suitable applicants apply. Last official date to apply is 4/15/2018, however positions will most likely be filled prior to end date.
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Michael Whitson
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