Western landscapes are being transformed by wildfire. We are examining marten movements and habitat use in post-fire landscapes in central British Columbia, Canada (west of Williams Lake). We are looking for skilled, winter-hardy, and enthusiastic field technicians to assist with this work.
One technician will be hired for the winter field season. The technician will complete track transects for marten and other carnivores along snowmobile routes and conduct detailed back-tracking of marten snow trails (including measurements of habitat characteristics). They may also be asked to assist with live-trapping and radio-collaring of marten, and monitoring collared animals via ground telemetry. Successful candidates must be comfortable working long days in remote locations in the winter. The technician will work under and report to the PI, Dr. Karen Hodges, and to the PhD student, Logan Volkmann, who will supervise activities.
Field work will begin on 27 November, 2017, and conclude by 31 March, 2018; exact start and end dates are negotiable. There will be a break for the holidays (no field work) from 23 December to 3 January.
To apply: For full consideration, submit a cover letter, CV, and three references to Logan Volkmann before 12 November, 2017; we reserve the right to examine late applications at our discretion, but we will strongly prefer applications that are on time.
- valid driver’s license
- previous field experience
- ability to work in Canada (i.e. citizenship or valid work permit)
- experience working in winter conditions
- experience with snowmobiles
- experience hauling trailers
- wilderness first aid (or equivalent certification)
- experience with snow tracking and track identification
- experience with trapping, immobilization and handling of mustelids or other predators
- experience with radio telemetry