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.
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
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