Black Bear Technician: Northeast New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Northeast New Mexico
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,000-$3,000 per month
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The NM Department of Game and Fish is hiring a crew of seasonal technicians to conduct a non-invasive study of black bear in the mountain and mesa country of northeast New Mexico. This study will occur primarily on private land (with permission from landowners) and leased public land. Technicians will be responsible for constructing barbed wire corrals (hair snares), and sampling those hair snares weekly to collect hair samples for a non-invasive genetic analysis of population dynamics in NMDGF Bear Management Zones 5 and 7. Barbed wire hair snares will be constructed in early June, and sampled throughout June, July, and August. Opportunities to work on other NMDGF carnivore, furbearer or big game projects may exist following this project. Housing will not be provided, technicians will be expected to camp (or make arrangements for their own housing) throughout the duration of the field season, which may include backcountry camping. Technicians will drive department vehicles, and must pass a defensive driving course the first day of employment. Technicians will be expected to work long days, on an irregular schedule with few days off.
Must possess a valid driver’s license. Technicians will need to be in physical shape to hike up to 10 miles per day, carry upwards of 40 lbs through rugged terrain, and endure the heat and shifts in weather typical of the NM mountains. Must be willing to work with others and coordinate field efforts, but also be comfortable working alone while checking hair snares in the backcountry. Applicants must have experience with camping, orienteering and navigating the backcountry, and have an awareness of the risks and requirements of working and camping in bear and cougar country. The preferred candidate will be detail oriented, comfortable driving 4x4 trucks in rugged conditions, and have experience working as a field technician for wildlife projects. Preferred applicants will have an undergraduate degree, or be pursuing a degree, in wildlife sciences or other related biology fields. If interested, send a cover letter and CV along with contact information for 3 references as ONE document to Nick Forman ( Cover letter should address the applicant’s experience with camping and navigating in the wilderness, as well as pertinent wildlife experiences.
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Nick Forman
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