Lynx-Carnivore Interaction and Lynx Foraging Research: Montana

University of Wyoming in collaboration with USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
near Seeley Lake, MT
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$21.45 per hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We are seeking 2 seasonal field technicians for a study focusing on lynx interactions with other carnivores and how prey availability affects lynx space use in and near previously burned forest. Duties include: setting, checking, and retrieving trail cameras in sampling grids located in western Montana; quantifying snowshoe hare abundance using pellet plots at lynx kill sites determined the previous winter and randomly located plots; and sampling forest vegetation and structure near lynx kill sites and random plots. Technicians will be working in a 2-person crew although there are times when solo work will be necessary. Field crew members will stay in USFS bunkhouses and camp extensively throughout the summer. In addition to salary the job includes a one-time $200 field gear stipend, plus per diem of $25.00 per day when camping. Lodging at USFS bunkhouses will be provided free of charge when available. Duration of Employment: June – September 2023
Required Experience: Applicants must be in good physical condition, have experience navigating and hiking off-trail in remote areas, be capable of hiking up to 5-8 miles a day in rugged, mountainous terrain that may be thickly vegetated, be comfortable camping for extended periods in front and back country environments, and possess a valid driver’s license. Applicants must be detail orientated and have experience conducting biological sampling/surveys/inventory of plants and/or wildlife. Applicants must also be comfortable with hiking and camping in areas inhabited by grizzly bears, cougars, and stinging insects. Applicants must be able to work and live in close quarters while in the field and have demonstrated experience of working in team environments. Preferred Experience: Experience deploying camera traps, working independently, field navigation, some knowledge of plant and tree identification in the western US, and experience operating 4x4 vehicles on forest roads. Please email a resume with 3 professional or academic references in a single MS Word document to Tavis Forrester and John Squires at by April 7th, 2023. Please type “Camera-Snowshoe Hare Technician” in the subject line.
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Tavis Forrester and John Squires
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