Environmental DNA Field Technician

University of Montana
Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, Montana
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$14 to $15 / hours DOE
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We are seeking a field technician to assist with research on aquatic species distribution in the South Fork Flathead River basin within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area (BMWA) in western Montana. The field technician will assist a graduate student in collecting environmental DNA samples in streams of the BMWA. Environmental DNA (eDNA) samples are collected by filtering water from streams and rivers and preserving the filter until laboratory analysis can occur. This field work will also include collaboration with citizen scientists from diverse and often underrepresented background to collect eDNA samples. The work dates will be approximately June 12 through August 25, 2023 (earlier start and later end dates are possible based on the individual’s availability). The technician will be hired through the University of Montana, with pay of $14- $15 per hour, depending on experience. Primary Duties: • Collecting of eDNA samples by filtering water in remote stream setting • Recording information on the sampling location and stream habitat at a site • Hiking 5 – 12+ miles a day carrying up a pack back up to 35 lbs in remote locations, sometimes off trail (bushwhacking) • Assisting groups of citizen scientists from diverse background and varying levels of outdoor experience in collection of eDNA samples • Organizing collected samples, data sheets, and photos at the end of each workday. Some data entry will be done during the summer.
Required Qualifications: • Must be comfortable working and backpacking for multiple days in a wilderness setting without internet or cell service (in-reach communication will be provided for safety check ins with project leaders) • Must be able navigate to remote field locations by hiking up to 12+ miles with a pack weighing up to 35 lbs. (Note that most field days will be shorter distance with a lighter pack) • Must have a positive attitude, attention to detail, ability to follow safety protocols, and be able to work both independently and as part of a small team • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive a full-size truck, sometimes off road Desired Qualifications • First Aid certification strongly desired • Training or experience in wildlife or fish biology, ecology, or a similar field strongly desired
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Lisa Eby
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