Biological/Human Dimensions Technician: Missoula, MT

Missoula, MT
Job Category
Full time Positions
$22.53 to $27.56 per hour, commensurate with level of education and experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We are recruiting a technician to assist with providing scientific and collaboration support for state fish and wildlife agencies within the North Central region ( The student technician will work closely with USGS scientists (Dr. Blake Hossack, Dr. Alisa Wade). Support will focus on working with state planners to identify their science and information needs for climate-informed wildlife and habitat management and planning. Primary duties will range from elicitation of state priorities and climate-related conservation science needs to working with state partners to develop specific habitat and wildlife science syntheses or data products. Primary tasks will depend upon priority needs identified by states, but we anticipate a heavy emphasis on climate change vulnerability analyses and refugia mapping. The student technician will also help the lead scientists prepare and write reports and possibly manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Work will primarily be office-based, but travel is anticipated to meet with state and other partners, with possible trips to most states in the North Central region ( Travel will depend upon Covid-19 conditions, regulations, and safety. The start date is flexible but will likely be May or June 2021. Work hours are flexible but will average 40 hours per week.
This is a USGS student contractor position. To be eligible, the applicant must be a current student working toward a degree or have graduated within the past 12 months. The ideal candidate will have recently completed a master’s degree. The contract is for 1 year and is expected to be extended for a second year, dependent on performance. A valid driver’s license and ability to pass a government background check are required. The ideal candidate will be familiar with principles of both resource conservation or wildlife management and will have excellent writing and interpersonal skills. The position requires ability to coordinate with both state and federal biologists and planners under direction and supervision of a USGS research scientists. Preferred skills include conducting spatial analyses (computer with ArcGIS provided) and corresponding data management; familiarity with statistical analyses in program R would be a bonus. Compensation: $22.53 to $27.56 per hour, commensurate with level of education and experience. Student Contract positions are not eligible for insurance or retirement plans, nor do they accumulate leave beyond sick time. Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Travel away from the duty station may occur and will be reimbursed by the Government. To apply: Send your CV and a cover letter that highlights your relevant job skills for this position, unofficial transcripts, and 3 references to Please use the email subject “Biological/Human Dimension technician”. Official transcripts will be required prior to offering the position. Applicants will be evaluated as they apply, but we hope to make a selection by March 01.
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Blake Hossack
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