The volunteer will work approximately 40 hours per week. This individual will participate in a variety of projects which may include Canada lynx den visits, off-road point counts for birds, snowshoe hare surveys, vegetation surveys, peregrine falcon surveys, banding ducks, and backcountry biological inventories located in remote areas of the Refuge. Additionally, the volunteer will be required to spend time entering field data into computer-based spreadsheets and databases as well as complete other assigned tasks.
High priority will be given to those who have experience working with Canada lynx and/or other wild felids, banding ducks, conducting snowshoe hare population surveys, and working in remote environments with harsh weather conditions. Please outline this experience on your resume. Volunteer will be required to complete first aid, CPR, and federal firearms, bear safety, and dunker training before participating in fieldwork projects.
The applicant should have a love and passion for wild places and be in excellent physical condition. Applicants should be able to lift up to 50 lbs, and carry a heavy backpack for up to 10 miles off trail in rough brushy terrain. Volunteer will be required to fly in small float planes and helicopters to access certain survey sites. Additionally, the volunteer may use canoes, rafts, kayaks and other watercraft to access survey sites. Volunteer will be required to work and camp for extended periods in grizzly and black bear country. Field sites are located in remote areas where the volunteer will be working with others, and sometimes alone, in potentially harsh conditions including rain, snow, wind, and hot/cold temperatures with biting insects.
The applicant should have a strong work ethic, be a quick learner, have good navigational skills, be able to work as a team player, and be willing to do new and often difficult tasks. Previous experience working and camping in remote backcountry locations is a plus.
Transportation to and from Anchorage and/or Fairbanks airport will be provided at the beginning and end of the field season. Living Allowance: $54.00/day. Housing: Provided. Transportation to and from work location(s) provided. Position start and end date is negotiable but applicant must be available to work from late May 2018 through August 2018.
Send letter of interest and resume with at least 2 references to Nate Berg (Email:Nathan_berg@fws.gov), Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 779, Tok, Alaska 99780. (PH: 907-883-9406 FX: 907-883-5747). Applications must be received no later than May 1st 2018.