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Neonate Capture and Vegetation Monitoring Technician – western Wyoming
University of Wyoming
Last Date to Apply
The Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project are collaborative projects between the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit of the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The overarching goals of these projects are to evaluate how a variety of factors shape population dynamics of mule deer to provide a mechanistic approach to monitoring and management of mule deer.
The Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project is located in southern region of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in western Wyoming. The Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project is aimed at addressing questions relating to how nutritional relationships among seasonal habitat conditions, behavior, human disturbance, climate, and disease shape population dynamics of mule deer.
To address these questions, we are hiring 3-4 seasonal Wildlife Field Technicians for the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project.
The primary tasks for these positions include capturing, collaring and monitoring of neonate ungulates, assessing cause-specific mortality of neonates, collecting monthly fecal samples from adult ungulates throughout the study area, and recording vegetation survey data. These tasks will require candidates to use GPS units, radio telemetry, 4WD vehicles, and maintain accurate database information on a daily basis. Work schedules are irregular and include long days and weekend work, especially at the beginning of the field season. In addition, work days typically entail 5-15 miles of hiking per day – most of which is off-trail. During the neonate capturing period, work is characterized by long days/nights with little time off. Following the neonate capture period, a more normal work schedule will be established to allow technicians to enjoy summer in the Rocky Mountains. The study area is mountainous and remote, so long days of hiking in difficult terrain will be frequent. Accommodations while in the field will be provided in the form of wall tents, camper trailers, and/or field houses. Weather conditions throughout the summer can be variable and adverse weather conditions are to be expected.
To apply, please email a cover letter with your interest in the position, resume with your qualifications, and contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for three references in ONE PDF FILE to the following contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Wyoming Neonate Project Technician” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Start: Mid to late May, , with flexibility given to students based on their school schedule.
End: Mid to late September, with flexibility given to students that need to return earlier for school.
B.S. or working towards finishing a degree in a wildlife-related field
Must be able to maintain a positive attitude during long periods of work in the field
Willingness to learn new skills and work cooperatively with fellow technicians and supervisors
Strong organizational and detail-oriented attitude
Must be willing to work 12-16 hour days for multiple days at a time
Must be in good physical condition and willing to hike up to 15 miles per day
Must be willing to work in desert conditions with ticks and other biting insects
Must possess valid driver’s license
Ability to work in all types of weather (rain, snow, wind, extremely hot or cold temperatures)
Experience using a handheld GPS
Experience with radio telemetry
Experience with capturing and handling live animals
4WD and ATV operating experience
Previous experience with vegetation surveys
Familiarity with western plant identification
Wilderness first aid skills