Elk, mule deer, and pronghorn vegetation sampling volunteers (Colorado and New Mexico)

New Mexico State University
Taos, New Mexico
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
n/a, housing included
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
In cooperation with New Mexico Game and Fish, New Mexico State University is seeking volunteers to assist with vegetation sampling as part of a migration project investigating fine-scale resource selection of elk, mule deer, and pronghorn. The study area will encompass state, federal, private, and tribal lands located in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Opportunities include data collection on habitat structure, composition, and topographic characteristics of migration routes and stopovers. There may also be opportunities to preform in-depth field necropsies.
Applicants must have a strong work ethic, critical thinking skills, navigational skills, positive attitude, be courteous to landowners, and the ability to work successfully in groups in a primitive camping environment. This position will demand the ability and willingness to work long irregular hours in mountainous landscapes. Applicants must be comfortable living in remote locations with limited cell service or internet coverage. Housing and field gear will be provided in the form of a small RV with a generator for power at night; water will be available. If you are starting your career in wildlife and looking for an incredible opportunity to gain field experience and develop interpersonal skills between researchers, biologists, graduate students, professors, and landowners then this project could be a great fit. Some of the skills you will develop and become exposed to are plant identification of western forbs, graminoids, tree, and shrub species of the southern Rockies. Additionally, you will be exposed to use of taxonomic keys/field guides, navigating ATV’s (pending USGS ATV certification), field necropsy, and techniques for field data collection. For those that volunteer at least two months, will have the opportunity to go through an ATV certification program. Application: We are accepting volunteers for any time duration from May 16th – August 10th. Start and end dates are flexible for volunteers but must be determined before May 1, 2022. Applications close April 1st, or until position is filled. To apply please submit a single PDF that includes a cover letter with a brief description of relevant experiences and interests, CV, and 3 references. Please send the document to pronghorn.elk.deer.2020@gmail.com, with the Texas A&M posting title in the email subject line.
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Joanna Ennis
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