Mule Deer Field Technician- Zion National Park, Utah

Agency
Zion National Park & Utah State University
Location
Zion National Park, Utah
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
Salary
Park housing + stipend of $23/day worked
Start Date
10/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
08/30/2021
Description
We are seeking a field technician to assist in data collection for a comprehensive mule deer study in Zion National Park. This research project is specifically studying the deer herd and habitat located in Zion Canyon to gather information on population demographics, diet composition, diet quality & quantity, herd health, and habitat condition. The technician would assist with all aspects of the study with a heavy emphasis on conducting surveys on diet composition and diet quality & quantity. Specific duties include: (1) tracking and locating collared deer (~30 deer) using radio telemetry; (2) conducting dietary assessments via visual observation; (3) assisting with the installation and initial recording of browse utilization transects; (4) assisting with the recovery and necropsy of deer mortalities; and (5) conducting road-based counts. If desired, there will be opportunity to assist with other wildlife projects (e.g., California condor, bighorn sheep, bats).
Qualifications
Required Qualifications: · Driver’s license · Must work minimum 32 hours/week to maintain park housing · Ability to work under harsh conditions (hot/cold weather, rough terrain) · Ability to remain focused while conducting monotonous/repetitive duties (watching deer for multiple hours) · Attention to detail Desired Qualification: · Experience tracking wildlife using radio telemetry · Prior field experience · Commitment to the entire field season (~end of March) · Ability to work independently in the field To apply, email resume, cover letter, and references to janice_stroud-settles@nps.gov
Contact Person
Janice Stroud-Settles
Contact eMail
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