Lesser Prairie-chicken Field Technician-New Mexico

Texas Tech University
Sands Ranch - Eastern New Mexico
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Commensurate with experience; housing and utilities provided
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Multiple field technician positions staring March-April lasting 4 to 6 months (depending on bird behavior). Assisting with PhD research investigating prescribed fire and grazing management systems influence on habitat selection and nesting success of lesser prairie chickens. Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Bird capture and handling, trap deployment, drop-net setup and use, biological tissue collection, banding, record morphological metrics, attachment and deployment of GPS transmitters, sample collection for parasitology analysis Nest search, nest site characteristic assessment, nest success or failure determination, record clutch and egg morphology measures Vegetation community sampling, herbaceous biomass sampling, visual obstruction and and percent cover estimation Terrestrial invertebrate sweep-net sampling Possible audible pollution data collection, and livestock production data collection Other activities will include: Associated brood vegetation and invertebrate sampling, parasitology tissue collections, data entry, using GPS units, using compasses, reading maps, operating and maintaining four-wheel drive vehicles, safe transport and operation of ATV’s and UTV's, following establish methodologies and protocols handling, and processing of samples under both laboratory and field conditions. Perform other job duties as needed. These positions require long hours, under extreme conditions, and widely varying temperatures in areas with hazardous wildlife, including rattlesnakes, and biting insects. Job may require walking long distances over rough terrain, and occasional lifting of 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, weekends, and 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 Ecoregion of New Mexico, approximately 40 miles from housing, transportation to and from area will be provided.
Training or education in wildlife biology, ecology, or related field. Successful applicants must 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. Be detail oriented with the ability to take detailed field notes, think and work independently and as a member of team with people from diverse backgrounds with varying interests, be able to interact appropriately with collaborators and government employees as required, be able to follow instructions and detailed methodologies, have experience and knowledge of capture, handling, and sample collection techniques, be proficient with data collection, management, and entry. 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, and be willing to safely operate four-wheel drive vehicles and ATV’s in remote areas. To apply send cover letter, resume/cv, and list of three references to michael.d.whitson@ttu.edu include LEPC Tech19 in subject line. Preference may be given to early applicants. Resubmission of previous application materials is accepted to show continued interest. Preference may be given to early applicants.
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