Field Technician-Lesser Prairie-Chicken Research: Eastern New Mexico, BLM Sands Ranch

Agency
Texas Tech University
Location
Eastern New Mexico, BLM Sands Ranch
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
Commensurate with experience; housing provided
Start Date
03/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
02/25/2021
Description
Field technician positions (2-3) with varying start dates (March 1-April 15) lasting ~ 4 months assisting with research investigating habitat selection and nest success of lesser prairie-chickens, vegetation community response, herbaceous biomass production, invertebrate community assemblage, grazing herd health in response to prescribed-fire and grazing systems Primary duties following defined methods and protocols include, but not limited to: 1) Lesser Prairie-chicken capture: walk-in trap and drop-net deployment, trapping, handling, banding, biological tissue collection, GPS telemetry transmitter deployment, measuring and recording of morphological metrics 2) Nest site detection and monitoring: perform nest searches following established protocols, nest success/failure evaluation, failure cause identification, nest site vegetation surveys, and sample collection 3) Vegetation surveys: perform point-step, point-intercept, visual obstruction, percent cover, and herbaceous biomass surveys 4) Invertebrate biomass surveys: perform sweep-net sampling 5) Livestock monitoring: assist with GPS collar deployment and removal, assist with fecal sample collection 6) Audible pollution survey: meter deployment, data collection, data download and management 7) Parasitology tissue collections: Lesser prairie-chicken fecal and biological tissue collection 8) Data entry: enter data from surveys and investigations, assist with data management Other activities will include: performing associated brood vegetation and invertebrate sampling, collecting, handling, and processing of samples under both laboratory and field conditions following established methodologies and protocols, using GPS units, using compasses, reading maps, operating and maintaining four-wheel drive vehicles, safe transport, operation, and maintenance of ATV’s and UTV's, and performing other job duties as needed These positions require long hours, under extreme conditions in widely varying temperatures and areas with hazardous wildlife, including rattlesnakes and biting insects Job may require walking long distances over varying terrain (including soft sand), and occasionally lifting and carrying heavy objects (>30 pounds) Positions provide a unique opportunity to gain valuable field experience in a variety of specialties, while helping to expand scientific understanding of iconic species on the verge of possible enlistment as threatened/endangered Variable schedules will include early/predawn start times, long hours, working weekends and some nights Housing and utilities will be provided but may have close quarters with multiple occupants. Housing will be located ~1.5 hours from the Sierra Blanca Mountains, ~2 hours from Lincoln National Forest, <2 hours from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and ~2.5 hours from White Sands National Park. Study site is remotely located in sand shinnery oak prairie region of New Mexico, approximately 40 miles from housing, transportation to and from area will be provided.
Qualifications
Training or education in wildlife biology, ecology, or related field. Successful applicants will: 1) Be enthusiastic and possess the ability to maintain a positive attitude while working under extreme and varying environmental conditions for extended periods, including areas where hazardous wildlife and biting insects may be present 2) Be detail oriented with the ability to collect and record data and take detailed field notes 3) Be able to think and work independently and as a member of a team of people with diverse backgrounds and interests 4) Be able to follow instructions and detailed methodologies 5) Have experience or knowledge of capture, handling and sample collection techniques 6) Be proficient with data collection, management, and entry 7) Be able to interact appropriately with collaborators and government employees as required Preference may be given to applicants having experience with above described job duties and qualifications, but experience is not necessary Applicants must be currently eligible to work in the U.S., have and maintain a valid driver’s license, be able to pass a background check, be willing and able to safely operate four-wheel drive vehicles and ATV’s in remote areas, be willing to follow health and safety guidelines (including federal, state, university, and project Covid-19 safety protocols and guidelines) To apply send cover letter, resume/cv, and list of three references to michael.d.whitson@ttu.edu Include LEPC Tech21 in subject line. Preference may be given to early applicants.
Contact Person
Michael Whitson
Contact eMail
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