High Elevation Botany Technicians-Idaho

Agency
University of Idaho
Location
Challis, ID
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$11/hr; free housing is provided
Start Date
05/01/2019
Last Date to Apply
02/08/2019
Description
Start date is May 1st until the end of August 2019 Posting will close when a successful applicant is found The University of Idaho is seeking technicians to assist in a graduate research study. We are interested in the effect of habitat nutrition on bighorn sheep propensity of movement in either forays or emigration and lamb survival. We will conduct landscape level nutrition surveys in several study sites across Idaho ranging in elevation from 5,000-12,000ft. These sites are unique high elevation communities and many have never been surveyed previously. This is an extension of an ongoing management project and will provide benefits to Idaho Fish and Game managers and researchers. We are seeking highly motivated individuals who have experience with plant identification. Technicians must be able to identify common western plant species prior to the beginning of the field season. Duties include conducting habitat surveys, identifying plants to species, and data entry. Most of the field work will be conducted in remote backcountry so a successful candidate must be willing and able to hike with field supplies, camp up to a week, and be self-sufficient. An ideal candidate would be someone who is positive, hard-working, and enjoys conducting field work.
Qualifications
Position Requirements: • Pursuing or earned a bachelor’s degree in: Botany, Wildlife Biology, Range Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources or related subject; • Coursework or equivalent experience in plant taxonomy and botany; • Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous key; • Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area is preferred; • Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols is preferred; • Experience with data entry and management; • Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps and GPS; • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks and ATVs’ on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads; • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access); • Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days backpacking and camping; • Willingness to work long and irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights); • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments and in all types of weather conditions; • Ability to traverse uneven terrain and carry upwards of 50 pounds in a backpack; • Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and have a clean driving record. • MUST be available from May 1st until August 31st 2019. To apply please send the following in one single document to Nicole Bilodeau (nicole.bilodeau@idfg.idaho.gov): •Resume -Include detailed job duties for relevant experience. •Cover letter -Be sure to include how you meet the position requirements, why you would be a good candidate, and why you want this position. •3 references with contact names, emails, and phone numbers -These should be your most recent employers or relevant experience positions.
Contact Person
Nicole Bilodeau
Contact eMail
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