We seek 2 full-time, temporary technicians for 18-23 month positions on a study aimed at evaluating spruce grouse responses to timber harvest in Minnesota. Duties will include, but will not be limited to capturing, radio-marking, and homing to spruce grouse, surveys for pellets or droppings, careful data collection and entry, traversing dense coniferous forest habitats, habitat measurements, and maintaining equipment. The field sites are very remote and travel is required throughout the northern part of the state. Expect snow storms, freezing and thawing conditions, minimal road maintenance, difficult terrain, dense forest cover, and limited cell phone reception. Hours and days of work will vary depending on weather conditions and recent snowfall, but will generally not exceed 40 hours/week. A field vehicle will be provided. Position duration is late November 2019 – October 2021.
Ideal candidates will possess an exceptional work ethic, the ability to work alone and with others, comfort in remote settings and small communities, and in difficult conditions. Preference will be given to individuals with a B.S. degree in wildlife or a related field, but we will also consider qualified students working towards a degree in wildlife or a related program. Experience entering data into Excel or another spreadsheet program is required. ArcMap experience is desired but not required. A valid driver’s license is required. Experience with snowmobiles, chainsaws, and 4WD vehicles is preferred, but training can be provided. The ability to troubleshoot equipment is desired but not required. Candidates must be in excellent physical condition and able to snowshoe all day.