Long-term Desert Bighorn Sheep Technician – Colorado

New Mexico State University
Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, CO
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$11.77 / hour + benefits
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Seeking one full-time field technician to assist Master’s student with data collection to determine the influence of human recreation on desert bighorn sheep populations in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, located in west-central Colorado. The project will assess the impacts of recreational activities on desert bighorn behavior, recruitment, and stress hormone levels. The technician will aid in all aspects of field data collection including: Conducting instantaneous scan sampling and focal animal sampling of desert bighorn behavior Locating and observing desert bighorn using radio telemetry and high powered optics Maintaining trail cameras and counters to quantify levels and types of human recreation Collection of fecal pellet samples Conducting field necropsies to determine cause of mortality Recording detailed field observations and conducting data entry Driving 4x4 trucks and ATVs on rough desert roads Organization and maintenance of field equipment and vehicles Desert bighorn sheep monitoring requires strenuous hiking, long days in the sun, and navigation over treacherous terrain (and no fear of heights!). This is not an office position, so expect to work in the field daily. The position will last for approximately 1.5 years. Bunkhouse-style housing (shared sleeping and living spaces) provided outside Delta, CO with occasional overnight camping and backpacking trips required. Necessary field equipment and work vehicle provided.
Minimum Qualifications: B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or related field. Ability to work long-hours in adverse weather conditions including summer desert temperatures (>100F) Ability to hike long distances (>10 miles) off-trail carrying a heavy pack (>40 lbs) over very rugged terrain Experience with radio telemetry in rugged environments Good communication skills and ability to work and live in close quarters with coworkers Strong organizational skills including accurate data recording Willingness to work irregular hours including early mornings, weekend days, and holidays Ability to work independently, without supervision Valid driver’s license Desired Qualifications: Experience using high powered optics and game cameras for monitoring wildlife Experience to drive 4x4 vehicles on rugged desert roads Ability to navigate with map and compass as well as GPS Experience conducting instantaneous scan sampling and focal animal sampling How to apply: Send a 1-page cover letter, CV, and contact information of three professional references in a single pdf document named “Last name_ first initial_BighornTechnician”. In your cover letter, detail your interest in the project and your relevant experience, especially working in desert environments and working/living in close quarters with coworkers.
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Ashley Evans
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