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Elk Crop Depredation Technician-Idaho
University of Idaho
Stationed at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Camas Prairie Wildlife Management Area, near Fairfield, Idaho.
$1,900/ month stipend. Housing (camp trailer) and meals provided.
Last Date to Apply
The University of Idaho is seeking a technician to assist in a study focusing on modifying elk behavior to reduce agriculture crop damages in southern Idaho. This study will involve developing and testing deterrent treatments designed to prevent elk from utilizing agriculture crops during the growing season. Using GPS collars capable of recording 15-minute elk relocation's, the study will focus on testing the effectiveness of deterrent treatments based on the behavioral responses of collared elk and will also use observational assessments of elk use in target fields to quantify elk responses to deterrent treatments.
Responsibilities include, but not limited to: Deploying and maintaining multiple deterrent systems at or near agriculture crops, monitoring and downloading location data from collared elk, database management, and potentially assisting with capture and collaring of elk.
Most of these activities will occur on privately owned land. Applicants must have good communication skills along with the ability to work cooperatively and professionally with private landowners involved in the study. Applicants must be self-sufficient while working with limited supervision. Applicants must also be willing to work odd hours, while being adaptable to sudden changes in scheduling, and able to follow instructions while paying close attention to details.
• Bachelor’s Degree or graduating this semester with a Bachelor’s Degree in: Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources, or a related subject.
• Trained and experienced in safely operating 4WD trucks while towing trailers, ATVs, and in remote areas on unimproved roads.
• Ability to read, interpret, and navigate using topographic maps.
• Experience with hand-held GPS units and some experience with GIS software.
• Experience with data entry and database management.
• Willingness to work irregular hours and weekends.
• Must be willing to work in rough terrain and/or inclement weather.
• Applicants must be physically fit and able to carry upwards of 50 pounds.
• Preferred experience or background in agriculture production.
• Preferred experience with GPS collaring and monitoring wildlife.
• Preferred experience with deploying and checking remote sensing cameras.
Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and have a clean driving record.
Dates Needed: Early/Mid-June – October, 2018
How to Apply: Email a resume, cover letter and 3 professional references to John Guthrie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Elk Crop Depredation Technician” in the subject line.
EEO Statement: The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V
If a qualified applicant is found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.