The Elk-Recreation Project is a collaborative effort between the University of Wyoming, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. This project aims to evaluate how elk navigate complex landscapes with both perceived and real risk of predation from humans and natural predators. Specifically, were assessing how elk modulate space use and behavior around recreation trail systems with varying degrees of traffic among biologically significant time periods including calving, calf-rearing, rut, and post-rut. This work is occurring in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, home to Colorado’s second largest elk herd and widespread recreational opportunity.
We are filling one 6-month technician position to assist with all field aspects of this research project, beginning on May 1, 2020, and ending on October 31, 2021. Primary tasks for this position include deploying and maintaining trail counters and cameras along an extensive trail system, and distributing handheld GPS units to recreationists and hunters near trailheads. These tasks require the operation of 4WD trucks, ATVs, various electronic equipment, and the ability to maintain accurate data catalogs on a daily basis. Maintaining trail counters and cameras will require hiking several miles at a time in mountainous terrain, often multiple times per day. Distributing GPS units at trailheads requires excellent interpersonal abilities and organizational skills. Work schedules will be irregular, including long days and weekend work. In addition, there may be opportunity to retrieve dropped collars and assist with elk necropsies. Other opportunities may present themselves to assist Colorado Parks and Wildlife with various wildlife management projects. The study area encompasses sage communities, forests, and alpine habitat ranging from 6,000-12,000 feet in elevation, so applicants must be prepared for everything from rattlesnakes to winter weather conditions, even in mid-summer. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in big game ecology and wildlife research incorporating human dimensions. Housing is not provided.
B.S. or undergraduate standing in a wildlife-related field of study
Must be able to maintain a positive attitude in taxing environments
Desire to learn new skills with humility
Must be comfortable proactively educating and interacting with the public
Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented attitude
Experience programing and operating handheld GPS units
Experience programing and operating trail cameras
Must be comfortable working and camping in remote areas, at times alone
Experience operating 4WD trucks and ATVs on rough roads
Experience loading, securing, and unloading ATVs from trailers or truck beds
Must be willing to work 8-12 hour days for multiple days at a time
Must be in good physical condition; willing to hike up to 10 miles per day
Must be willing to work in landscapes with venomous snakes and in all types of weather (rain, snow, wind, extremely hot or cold temperatures)
Must possess valid driver’s license
Wilderness first aid skills
Ability to orienteer using physical maps
Experience using VHF telemetry techniques
Experience organizing data in ArcGIS
Please email a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, a resume or cv with your qualifications, and contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for three references in ONE PDF FILE to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your last name in the subject line of the email. Closing date and time: February 26, 2021 at midnight MST. Please direct any questions or clarifications regarding this position to email@example.com.