Lesser Prairie Chicken Field Technician

Texas Tech University
Shinnery oak Eco. Region, Eastern New Mexico, BLM Sands Ranch
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Commensurate with experience; housing provided
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Last Date to Apply
Multiple (2) field technician positions lasting 4-6 months. Assisting with research investigating effects of various prescribed fire and grazing management systems on habitat selection and nest success of lesser prairie chickens. Work will include, but not limited to trap and drop-net deployment, trapping, handling, banding, biological tissue collection, fitting GPS telemetry transmitters, measure and record morphological metrics of lesser prairie chickens; performing vegetation surveys, invertebrate surveys, livestock monitoring, audible pollution survey data collection following established methodologies. Other activities will include nest site detection, monitoring, nest success/failure evaluation and identification, nest site surveys, 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, handling, and processing of sample collections following established methods and protocols under both laboratory and field conditions. Perform other job duties as needed. Job may require walking long distances over rough terrain, and occasional lifting of heavy objects (>30 pounds). These positions require long hours, under extreme conditions, and varying temperatures in areas with hazardous wildlife, including rattlesnakes, and biting insects. However, positions provide a unique opportunity to gain extremely valuable field experience, while expanding 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 region 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 will: 1) be enthusiastic and maintain 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 2) be detail oriented with the ability to take detailed field notes 3) be able to think and work independently and as a member of team of people with diverse backgrounds and interests 4) be able to interact appropriately with collaborators and government employees as required. 5) be able to follow instructions and detailed methodologies 6) have experience or knowledge of capture, handling and sample collection techniques 7) be proficient with data collection, management, and entry. Preference may be given to applicants having experience with above described job duties and qualifications, but experience is not necessary. 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. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Interviews will be scheduled as suitable applicants apply.
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Michael Whitson
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