Field assistants for Washington mesocarnivore study-Washington

University of Washington
northern Washington (Methow Valley and Colville areas)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$800/month plus housing
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Last Date to Apply
Two field assistants are needed for a new study in the Prugh lab at the University of Washington examining how wolf recolonization is affecting mesocarnivores (coyotes and bobcats). Wolves began recolonizing Washington in 2008, and they may affect mesocarnivores negatively through killing and aggression as well as positively by providing carrion food subsidies. The goal of this project is to quantify these positive and negative interactions to better understand interactions among carnivores. Assistants will work on a team of 3-5 people and interact with other teams of researchers from the University of Washington and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Assistants will conduct a variety of activities, including live-capture and collaring of coyotes and bobcats, scat collection, small mammal mark-recapture, snowshoe hare pellet surveys, and monitoring scavenging at ungulate carcasses. Dates: June through August/September 2018 (~3 months) Assistants will receive $800 per month plus housing, additional benefits include gaining hands-on research experience, and development of a diverse set of field survey skills. Please email a cover letter that briefly describes your interests and qualifications, resume or CV, unofficial copy of your transcripts, and contact information for 2-3 references as a single Word or PDF document to Kelly Sivy at Please apply by March 26th, 2018.
College students or recent graduates majoring in wildlife ecology, biology, or conservation are encouraged to apply. A strong interest in natural history, conservation, and/or management and a high level of responsibility, organization, and motivation are required. Carnivore trapping experience, small mammal trapping experience, and familiarity with the plants and animals of the Pacific Northwest are also desirable. Must be flexible and live and work well with others in an isolated setting. Applicants must be able to maintain work quality and a positive attitude during challenging field conditions that can include long field days in adverse weather conditions. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition, able to hike in steep, uneven terrain with heavy packs (40-50lbs), bushwhack through thick vegetation, and able to work in both hot and cold field conditions.
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Kelly Sivy
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