Start Date: ~01 May 2019 (date flexible +/- 2 weeks)
1-2 positions will be available beginning mid-April.
End Date: 31 August 2019
The selected candidates will assist field staff with carnivore related activities associated with a white-tailed deer and carnivore study in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan in and around Ottawa National Forest.
Individuals will assist with various project duties, including but not limited to:
- Black bear hair snare survey
- Aerial telemetry
- Carnivore predation site investigations (clusters)
- White-tailed deer opportunistic fawn capture
- Alternative prey population estimates
- Coyote howl survey
- Data entry
Individuals will be responsible for keeping daily field logs and assisting project staff with daily data entry. While NOT part of daily activities, additional responsibilities may include assisting with white-tailed deer fawn VIT searches, mortality investigations, and ground telemetry. There may be the potential for exceptional individuals to stay on the project for the fall season. This project is fairly unique in its scope and the variety of species studied, and is an excellent opportunity for wildlife students to gain field experience. More information can be found on the website and Facebook page.
Strong preference is given to individuals with previous experience conducting aerial telemetry and operating ATVs.
Candidates should have a strong interest in wildlife ecology/management and be highly motivated with the ability to work as a member of a team under direct guidance from project personnel. Positions are physically demanding and occasionally require long hours (up to 12+ hours per day) of backcountry hiking in dense cover and variable terrain. Candidates should be comfortable with performing fieldwork in inclement weather under strenuous conditions in a northern climate, including long hours and weekends. Individuals must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. and able to traverse rough terrain for extended distances. Experience with carnivore track identification, GPS units, and the use of 4-wheel drive vehicles and four-wheelers is preferred. Personnel housing is provided free of charge. Please understand that field housing can be crowded at times, so a good attitude and the ability to get along with others is a must.
Send a single pdf document containing 1) cover letter (including available start date and position applying for) 2) resume 3) contact information for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the format Lastname,Firstname_MIPP_Carnivore.pdf (ex. Lutto,Ashley_MIPP_Carnivore.pdf).
Early applications preferred as applications will be reviewed as they are received and positions will be filled accordingly.
There are two different positions posted for Michigan Predator-Prey Project with varying responsibilities. Indicate which position you are applying for in your cover letter and application pdf title.