Sage Grouse Range Technician: Idaho

University of Idaho
Idaho, multiple locations
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$12-14/hr (~$2010-2350/month), depending on experience; field housing options available
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Technicians needed for an extensive research project in southern Idaho to examine the effects of spring cattle grazing on sage-grouse demographic traits and habitat characteristics. Primary duties include: measuring vegetation characteristics and grazing intensity, plant collecting and identification, mapping percent grass utilization by hiking continuously for the entire day over large areas, and data entry. Secondary duties may include fence installation and insect sampling. There may be some opportunity to participate in trapping and banding of sage-grouse at night in remote locations, using radio telemetry to track sage-grouse, and sage-grouse brood surveys. Tasks will vary depending on project needs and start date. All technicians will be expected to identify a set of common grasses and forbs to species prior to starting employment and will receive training by botanists to enable them to identify all species of grasses, forbs, and shrubs within the sagebrush steppe in Idaho. Technicians will need to walk many hours daily over rough terrain (off-trail) in remote areas, and will be required to work early mornings some days. Technicians will work at one or more of our 5 study sites in southern Idaho: Big Butte near Atomic City, ID; Jim Sage Mountains near Almo, ID; Browns Bench near Rogerson, ID; Sheep Creek near Grasmere, ID; and Pahsimeroi Valley near May, ID. Technicians may be moved between sites on short notice depending on project needs. All sites have nearby access to excellent hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, kayaking/rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking opportunities, and much more! Additionally, technicians will be part of a large research team with 4 graduate students, 20+ technicians, 5 crew leaders, a research scientist, and 2 state biologists working across 5 study sites. This highly collaborative project will involve working closely with botanists and wildlife professionals from Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, and the University of Idaho. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. More information on the project can be found at
Qualifications include an undergraduate degree (or working towards one) in rangeland ecology, botany, wildlife science, or a related field (e.g., Biology, Zoology, etc.). Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, a strong work ethic, a valid driver’s license, willingness to travel, and willingness to live and conduct field research under rigorous and remote conditions during variable weather conditions (snow and rain early in the field season; full sun and heat at the end of the field season). Applicants with previous experience in vegetation monitoring and/or use of a taxonomic key will be given preference. Experience with any of the following is also beneficial: working/living in rural areas, camping in remote areas, work on ranching/farming operations, operating ATVs and 4WD vehicles. To apply, please send the following materials in a single .pdf or .docx to Cody Tisdale ( and Dr. Courtney Conway ( (1) Cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) contact information for >3 references. Please write “Sage-grouse Range Technician” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so some applicants may be selected before the deadline.
Contact Person
Cody Tisdale
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