Seasonal Field Technicians-New Mexico

Agency
Texas Tech University
Location
BLM Sand’s Ranch in eastern New, Mexico
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
Commensurate with experience; on site housing provided
Last Date to Apply
05/15/2018
Description
Multiple (4-6) field technician positions with various start dates between 03/01/2018 and 6/15/2018. Work assisting with research investigating habitat selection and nest success of lesser prairie chickens in response to various prescribed fire and grazing management systems. Work will include, but not limited to, trapping, handling, banding, biological sample collection, fitting GPS telemetry transmitters, and morphological metric collection, of lesser prairie chickens. Other activities will include VHF radio telemetry, nest site detection and monitoring, nest success or failure evaluation and identification, vegetation species identification, measuring vegetation characteristics and composition, data entry, using GPS units, compasses, and reading maps, operating four wheel drive vehicles, and ATV’s. Sample handling, processing, and following safety protocols under laboratory conditions may be required. Other job duties maybe added as needed. Job may require walking long distances over rough terrain, and occasional lifting of heavy objects(>30 pounds). These positions require long hours in adverse conditions but provide a unique opportunity to gain extremely valuable field experience, while expanding scientific understanding of iconic species on the verge of possible enlistment as threatened/endangered.
Qualifications
Training in wildlife biology, ecology, or related field. Successful applicants will be enthusiastic with the ability to maintain a positive attitude while working under extreme and varying environmental conditions for extended periods, including areas where hazardous wildlife and biting insects may be present. The ability to work independently and as a member of team, and interact appropriately with other collaborators and government employees is required. Preferred applicants will be detail oriented and able to follow instructions. Variable schedules with varying, sometimes early/pre-dawn, start times, long hours and weekends possible. Provided housing will be close quarters with multiple occupants. Study site is remotely located in sand shinnery oak region of New Mexico, ~1.5 hours from the Sierra Blanca Mountains. Preference may be given to applicants having experience with above described job duties, but experience is not necessary. Ability to take detailed field notes, proficiency with data collection, management, and entry preferred. Applicants must be currently eligible to work in the U.S., have valid driver’s license, be able to pass a background check, and be willing to operate four wheel drive vehicles and ATV’s in remote areas. To apply send cover letter, resume/cv, and list of three references to michael.d.whitson@ttu.edu Include LPC tech in subject line. Applicants will be reviewed as they are received. Interviews will be scheduled as suitable applicants apply. Last official date to apply is 5/15/2018, however positions will most likely be filled prior to that date. Any questions concerning these positions can be sent to the above email.
Contact Person
Michael Whitson
Contact eMail
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