About the Organization
White Buffalo Inc. (WBI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on the conservation of native species and ecosystems. We conduct, sponsor and support scientific research and educational efforts to improve the management of natural resources for the purpose of conservation. Our approach is unique, in that we generate funding for conservation research by providing management alternatives in non-traditional settings. We have spent more than two decades committed to improving both the techniques and technology of ungulate management, leading to safer, more humane and efficient practices. We believe in sharing our findings with fellow professionals and others passionate about ecosystem management.
Purpose of the Role
White Buffalo Inc. is seeking a Wildlife Biologist to serve as a field-based member of the WBI team for ungulate population management and research programs. This position will play a key role in pursuing White Buffalo’s mission by providing field-based support and implementation of population control and eradication projects. White Buffalo focuses on both lethal and nonlethal control of native and non-native ungulates, with additional opportunities for research on a variety of species.
Necessary Attributes for Position
The position requires a strong commitment to White Buffalo’s mission and impeccable integrity. The ability to be a positive member of a small, highly motivated team in the face of demanding field conditions, long hours and months away from home is critical. Attention to detail and the ability to track multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing quality is essential. One of the most important aspects of WBI projects is the ability to foster and maintain strong relationships with a diverse array of project stakeholders. Thus, a demonstrated ability to work effectively with local partners, by providing clear and frequent communication in support of positive relationships is necessary.
The Wildlife Biologist will function as an integral member of a small team consisting of biologists, veterinarians and technicians. This position will be responsible for the successful implementation of projects, will have direct field work responsibilities and will be expected to maintain strong working relationships with local partners. This position requires extensive travel for 4–8 months/year with limited time off during the primary field season which generally lasts from September to April. The majority of projects will be located within the United States, with a smaller number of international projects occurring each year. This position may also require extended travel to remote field locations and a willingness to live and work in sometimes rustic conditions with few amenities. Frequent night work and a variable schedule depending on weather and seasonal conditions is the norm.
This is a seasonal full-time position for the 2020/21 winter field season; the extension of this position will be contingent upon successful performance within a probationary period and project funding. That said, our ultimate goal is to have the successful candidate become a long-term member of our team. Compensation is competitive and will be based upon the applicant’s work and educational experience. White Buffalo Inc. offers a competitive health benefits package. Travel and living costs will be covered during field deployments.
Submit a cover letter and current CV (no longer than 2 pages) highlighting experience with firearms, wildlife biology and or conservation experience, technical field skills and other applicable experience. Also, discuss lifestyle compatibility with long field seasons that require extensive and extended travel. Provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three (3) professional references. Please direct initial inquiries to Dr. Jason Boulanger via email only: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Ungulate WB 2020” and your last name in the email subject line, send documents in word format, combine your cover letter and CV into one document labeled as LastnameCV.doc. The position will remain open until filled.
White Buffalo Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
• B.S. in Wildlife Biology or a related field required.
• Candidates MUST have extensive experience hunting and/or safely using firearms.
• Work experience in conservation or wildlife management related projects involving multiple partners and stakeholders.
• Able to maintain a professional attitude at all times while working with WBI staff and members of other organizations who may have varying missions, opinions, and personalities.
• Applicants must be physically fit, maintaining an ability to perform efficiently under physically demanding conditions, including lifting heavy objects, walking variable terrain while carrying a backpack as well as safely climbing trees and working from tree stands.
• Able to live harmoniously in small group settings and in remote field camps.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity, approachability, and willingness to listen to internal and external constituents and to learn from their best ideas.
• Excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, ability to solve problems with limited supervision, pay extreme attention to details, and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
• Willingness and ability to spend significant time in the field away from home. Field deployments can run from 1 to 12 weeks or longer.
• Strong mechanical and technical troubleshooting abilities.
• Candidates should be familiar with the safe operation of various hand and power tools.
• Experience operating 4WD trucks, ATVs and boats.
• Experience in wildlife population control and/or eradication including baiting, capture and camera surveys.
• Experience with wildlife capture.
• Experience with GPS and GIS applications.