Fisheries Research Technician – Yellowstone National Park – Montana

Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit
Bozeman, Montana
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$11.26 / Hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We seek to hire a technician to assist with a graduate project assessing Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbow, and hybrid trout populations in the Lamar River watershed, Yellowstone National Park. Duties include, but are not limited to raft and backpack electrofishing, fyke-netting, snorkeling, tagging fish, and collecting environmental and biological data. The successful candidate will also be responsible for entering and proofing data and writing field reports. Due to the high-use of the fishery and the level of public cooperation needed to carry out our research goals, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain an engaging and professional demeanor while interacting (socially-distanced) with National Park Service staff, anglers, and other stakeholders. Physical Demands: The candidate must be able to hike up to 10 miles to field sites, carry up to 40 lbs of equipment, work outdoors in adverse field conditions (rain, snow, heat, biting insects, and uneven terrain), and be able to swim. Camping and occasional backcountry trips will also be required. Housing: A shared trailer may be provided but is not guaranteed. The successful candidate may be responsible for finding housing in Bozeman, Montana. Shared housing may be provided in or near Yellowstone National Park while conducting fieldwork. Term and Schedule: This is a full-time, seasonal position, approximately 40-50 hours per week comprising mostly fieldwork with occasional office and lab work. A typical schedule will be Monday to Thursday, 10 hours per day. However, this is subject to change depending on field conditions, workload, etc. Start: May 1, 2021 End: Late September 2021
General Qualifications: - Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license - Combination of educational and field experiences related to fisheries conservation, management, biology, ecology, or a closely related field - General knowledge of fisheries conservation and management techniques - Willingness to live and work in remote settings in grizzly bear country - General knowledge of backcountry etiquette and mountain-related hiking risks - Ability to collect and maintain data and evaluate data for accuracy and relevancy - Experience working with hand-held GPS equipment - Ability and willingness to practice and perform safety protocols and techniques while in the workplace (including Covid-19 precautions) Preferred Qualifications: - Passionate about a career in fisheries, research oriented, and a desire to attend graduate school - Comfortability working and living in remote settings - Experience interacting with anglers - Attention to detail and data integrity - Well organized with the ability to navigate challenging field logistics - Works well with others and maintains a positive attitude even in adverse field conditions How to Apply: Submit 1) a resume or CV outlining your relevant educational and professional experience; 2) letter of interest describing your qualifications and interest in the position; 3) names and contact information for three professional references; and 4) unofficial university transcripts to the email below:
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Keith Wellstone
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