Lead Wildlife Research Technician: Montana

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks
Northwest Montana
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Please see website link for full description and to apply. This is a 5-year full-time year-round research technician position. The Wildlife Research Technician will be assigned to support and conduct projects addressing wildlife research priorities in northwest Montana. The primary research work is evaluating the use of remote cameras to monitor wildlife populations. Field work will include deploying and servicing remote camera stations, capturing and GPS collaring deer, elk, and black bear, building and maintaining various field equipment, and coordinating the field work and logistics of seasonal technicians aiding in the above. The incumbent will work on foot hiking long distances in challenging environments (steep terrain, thick vegetation, bear habitat) to deploy remote cameras across many regions of northwest Montana during fall and spring. During winter months the applicant will capture and handle deer and elk for GPS collaring. Office work will include aiding in the entry and analysis of data from the above field work, using AI-enabled software to classify camera images, and interpreting this information to help summarize and draw conclusions, and drafting and editing scientific reports and manuscripts. The incumbent will ensure the remote camera project is being conducted using the best approaches available to ensure its success. They will work with seasonal technicians, volunteers, agency staff, public, landowners, hunters, university personnel, federal land managers, and the media to coordinate day-to-day work. They will be responsible for troubleshooting and solving problems with minimal daily input from the project biologist. They will be responsible for coordinating field and office work of 7 seasonal technicians and numerous volunteers. This position will require extensive time in the field away from the duty station during September-June each year. In addition, study areas will rotate around northwest Montana (FWP Regions 1 & 2) each year. During the remainder of the year, the job can be performed from the duty station, and some remote work from a home office can be negotiated. Contact David.Messmer@mt.gov for additional information on the position. Applications must be submitted through the state website.
Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, fish and wildlife management, animal ecology, biology, or a closely related field is required. 1-2 years experience conducting field research is required. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Basic knowledge and understanding of biology, animal ecology, anatomy, and population dynamics will be required. Ability to navigate difficult terrain off trails and roads using GPS is required. Knowledge and experience in the safe capture and handling of large wild mammals is preferred. Good organizational and time management skills are needed as well as the ability to accurately collect and record data. Knowledge of computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and database management applications are required. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to work with professional biologists, other staff and the public. Communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. Introductory map reading skills and familiarity with map coordinate systems are required. Experience with ESRI ArcGIS and statistical software is preferred. Applicants must have valid driver’s license and be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicles. The ability to work without supervision in potentially hazardous conditions is expected.
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