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Small Mammal Trapping Technician
Institute for Wildlife Studies
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Job Description: The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking highly motivated applicants for a full-time field biologist working on the island of Rota, located in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). These positions are focused on capturing, marking, and recapturing of wild rats in forest habitats. Project dates will be from May 15 until June 15, and again from August 1 until September 1. These dates are approximate and will likely change due to weather and other factors. Technicians will not need to report for work during a 45 day period between trapping occasions, however, there may be an opportunity for part- or full-time work on another aspect of the project during that time.
Technicians will work mostly independently while trapping, although two people will always be on the same trapping grid at the same time for safety and efficiency. Upon capture each rat must be measured, weighed, sexed, and fitted with a pair of metal ear tags. All data must be recorded in field notebooks and later entered into Microsoft Excel. Work days while trapping are expected to be 8+ hours with breaks taken in the field. Work days while training or setting up grids will be limited to 8 hours.
Communal housing on Rota will be provided for the extent of the project, including the time between trapping periods. For those who do not wish to leave during the intervening period there are volunteer opportunities on Rota which IWS may help facilitate. Flights to Rota prior to starting work, and flights off Rota after the conclusion of the project will also be provided. Technicians will be responsible for providing their own field clothing suitable to the conditions and work will be carried out in all types of weather, with the exception of tropical storms.
Hours and Compensation: Technicians are paid a rate of $10/hour plus overtime. The work schedule while trapping will be 8 days on and 1 day off with overtime paid as accrued. Work schedules outside active trapping will vary based on the amount of work required but will not be as rigorous as the trapping schedule.
Application Procedures: Submit a current résumé and a cover letter highlighting any experience, training, or education relevant to the above description and qualifications. Provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Please submit your application as a single PDF file and email to “email@example.com”. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position will be filled when a qualified applicant is identified. The successful applicant should be available to begin work on 15 May 2018.
Minimum Qualifications: The completion of an Associate’s degree or higher by the start of the position is required. Experience backpacking, trail running, hiking, or other similar outdoor hobby with a physically demanding component. Ability to write legibly and keep detailed notes. Ability to lift 50lbs and carry it long distances. Possess a current US passport (unless a current citizen of Guam or the CNMI).
Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology or related field. Experience handling and measuring small mammals, recording data in the field, entering data into Microsoft Excel or Access, and experience working in tropical field conditions. Preference will be given to Guam or CNMI citizens.