Black Bear Research Technician- Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University
Cimarron County, OK
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$12.50/hr + provided shared housing
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Western Oklahoma has seen an increase in black bear observations and bear-human conflict reports. It is unclear if bears occurring in the Oklahoma panhandle constitute a resident population or transient individuals dispersing from neighboring states. A noninvasive study is being conducted to evaluate space use patterns and population genetics of black bears in the Oklahoma Panhandle. One (1) field technician is being hired to assist an M.S. student with non-invasive camera trapping, genetic sampling (hair snares), habitat sampling, and data processing and management for Summer 2023 season (May-August). Communicating with Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation employees and private landowners will be an important component of the position. Work can involve long hours in hot, windy, and buggy/snake conditions and in a remote location. Shared housing is provided at Black Mesa State Park.
Qualifications: 1. Progress towards a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology, biology, ecology, or closely related field. 2. Ability to lift and carry over 50 pounds and hike over rocky, steep, and rough terrain in remote locations. 3. Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license and the ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle through rugged conditions. 4. Demonstrated ability to communicate well with coworkers, supervisor, ODWC personnel, and private landowners. 5. Ability to maintain a positive and mature attitude and good sense of humor. Previous field experience with camera trapping is preferred, but not required. Technicians must be available early-May through late-August. To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, and contact information (phone and email) for at least three references as a single PDF file to Bailey Kleeberg at The file should be titled “Yourlastname_BearTech.pdf” (e.g., Kleeberg_BearTech.pdf) and include YOUR LAST NAME and BEAR TECHNICIAN in the email subject line as well. Electronic (email) submission of applications is encouraged but mail is also fine; mailed applications should be postmarked by March 31, 2023, and sent to Bailey Kleeberg/Robert Lonsinger, 007 Agriculture Hall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. Please note that application review will be on a rolling basis and a candidate may be selected before the closing date of March 31, 2023. Cover letters should identify your career goals, how you meet the qualifications, and your dates of availability. Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check. Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions.
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Bailey Kleeberg
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