About the Organization
White Buffalo Inc. 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 25 years 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 up to 2 Wildlife Technicians to serve as a field-based member of our team for ungulate population management. Specifically, the successful candidate will assist with the eradication of invasive Philippine deer and feral pigs from U.S. military lands in Guam.
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 this project is the ability to foster and maintain strong relationships with WBI team members.
The Wildlife Technician will function as an integral member of a small field-based team consisting of wildlife biologists and a veterinarian. This position requires extensive travel for ≥2 months/year with limited time off during the primary field season which generally lasts from May until potentially late summer. A variable work schedule depending on weather and seasonal conditions is the norm and may occasionally require nights.
This is a seasonal position for the 2021 summer field season; the extension of this position will be contingent upon successful performance within a 1-month probationary period and project funding. That said, there is potential for the successful candidate to become a long-term member of our team, post studies. Compensation is competitive and will be based upon the applicant’s work and educational experience. Travel and living costs will be covered during field deployments.
Submit a current resume or CV and cover letter (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 2021” 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.
• Currently enrolled in an associate's or bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology or a related field in natural resources as a minimum.
Post graduates and graduate students are also welcome to apply.
• 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, and persevering in a tropical environment.
• Able to live harmoniously in small group settings.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity, approachability, and willingness to listen to work team members 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 2 months or longer.
• Strong mechanical and technical troubleshooting abilities.
• Candidates should be familiar with the safe operation of various hand and power tools such as electric chainsaws and hedge trimmers.
• Experience operating 4WD trucks.
• Work experience in conservation or wildlife management related projects involving multiple partners and stakeholders.
• Experience hunting and/or safely using firearms including both shotguns and rifles.
• Experience in wildlife population control and/or eradication including baiting, capture and camera surveys.
• Experience with GPS and GIS applications.
• Military experience a plus.