Seasonal Field & Laboratory Technician-Montana

Yellowstone Forever/Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Heritage & Research Center, Gardiner, MT
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Hourly rate is based on experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever. Our combined operations include 11 educational Park Stores with gross sales of over $5.1 million; the Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers more than 600 in-depth programs each year; a supporter program of over 50,000 Yellowstone enthusiasts raising funds to support critical park priority projects; and an online community of over 300,000 worldwide. Yellowstone Forever has provided over $100 million of cash support and over $55 million of in-kind support since 1933. Our mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come. The Field & Laboratory Technician plays a critical role in Yellowstone Forever’s research operations, responsible for completing field and laboratory tasks that pertain to research initiatives. These technicians gather data and samples, accurately log findings, and provide regular maintenance for laboratory equipment. Success in this position requires organization, careful observation, and the willingness to assist in gathering data in a backcountry setting.
Basic Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology, wildlife biology or a related field, from an accredited institution Experience working in a laboratory outside academic coursework Demonstrated experience conducting standard laboratory procedures, such as cell culture, ELISA, PCR, nucleic acid extraction, and preparation of reagents Knowledge and experience with a diversity of wildlife field survey techniques such as radio telemetry, wildlife marking, terrestrial and aquatic sampling methods, specimen collection, and necropsy Experience capturing and handling small mammals and amphibians for the purpose of collecting biological samples (e.g., blood, tissues, swabs, etc.) Experience transporting, storing, and shipping biological samples collected in the field. This work may involve handling dry ice, ethanol, formalin, and animal carcasses Ability to hike up to 15 miles a day while carrying supplies/equiptment weighing up to 50 pounds Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include nights and weekends when needed Ability to work in adverse weather conditions, remote locations, and grizzly bear country Proficient in data collection, data management and data entry techniques Ability to represent YF in a courteous and professional manner This position involves driving YF vehicles, therefore applicants must be 21 years of age or older, maintain a valid US driver’s license, and maintain a favorable driving record for insurance purposes. A satisfactory criminal background check are conditions of employment Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with potentially infectious biological samples and knowledge of aseptic laboratory practices Knowledge of aseptic laboratory practices Ability to demonstrate that they have been vaccinated for rabies with proof of a recent titer Familiarity with decontamination procedures, safe practices around pathogens, and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) Experience working safely in locations with grizzly bears, black bears and large ungulates Experience applying radio-transmitters and implanting subdermal tags in live animals Experience with bat acoustic-monitoring equipment and techniques Good field navigational skills, with a map, GPS, and compass Knowledge of Yellowstone National Park
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John Treanor
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