We seek 2 full-time, temporary technicians to assist with capture, radio-marking, and tracking of greater prairie-chickens in a study to examine hen, nest, and brood survival in several conservation grazing scenarios. Duties will include constructing traps, very early morning and evening trapping, radio-tracking, habitat measurements, predator surveys, careful data collection and entry, navigating to various sites, and maintaining equipment. The field sites are near Glyndon, MN (east of Fargo/Moorhead in Clay Co.), in rural areas with few services. Expect snow storms, intense heat and bugs, minimal road maintenance, difficult terrain, and unreliable cell phone reception. Hours and days of work will vary depending on weather conditions, but will generally not exceed 40 hrs/week. A field vehicle will be provided to perform work duties. Housing is not provided, but nearby low cost options are available in the nearby university town of Moorhead.
Trapping requires beginning the work day very early to be in blinds before sunrise, so must be able to work very early hours. Pay is $18.61/hr. Ideal candidates will possess an exceptional work ethic, the ability to work alone and with others, comfort in remote settings and small communities, and in difficult conditions. Preference will be given to individuals with a B.S. degree in wildlife or a related field, but we will also consider qualified students working towards a degree in wildlife or a related program. Experience entering data into Excel or another spreadsheet program is required. ArcMap experience is desired but not required. A valid driver’s license is required and experience with 4WD vehicles is preferred. The ability to troubleshoot equipment is desired but not required. Candidates must be in excellent physical condition and willing to hike all day across difficult terrain as needed. Comfort working in cattle pastures is also required (but no experience is necessary).
To apply, email cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references, and GPA or unofficial transcripts to both Charlotte Roy Charlotte.firstname.lastname@example.org and Jamie Horton
email@example.com Applications will be accepted until 1/24/2022, but we will consider applications as they come in and will fill positions when suitable candidates are identified.
Strong work ethic with a positive attitude.
Willingness to work long hours in difficult field conditions with minimal supervision.
Ability to use Garmin GPS units for navigation and data collection.
Experience conducting data entry in Excel.
A valid driver’s license, good driving record, and experience navigating on rough and remote roads.
Physical ability to walk up to 8 miles a day, over difficult terrain, while carrying <10 lbs.
B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or a related field.
Ability to use ArcGIS in conjunction with Garmin GPS units.
Familiarity with common grassland species in the upper Midwest U.S.
Experience handling birds.
Experience with radio-telemetry triangulation and homing.
Experience with ATVs, trailering, and 4WD.