Knowledgeable field assistants are needed to help collar adult white-tailed deer as part of an exciting study examining interactions among carnivores and ungulates in northern Washington. This is a large, collaborative multi-predator (wolves, cougars, coyotes, bobcats), multi-prey (white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk) study, which began in 2017. Wolves recolonized Washington starting in 2008, and the primary goal of the study is to assess their impacts on ungulates. We have openings for two volunteers working from January 2nd – March 31st, with the possibility to continue on the project and assist with spring collaring of neonatal deer fawns and elk calves.
An $800 / month stipend and housing in Chewelah will be provided. The field crew will be based in Chewelah and employed by the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. They will work on a team with other technicians, volunteers, Ph.D. students (Taylor Ganz), professors (Laura Prugh), and WDFW biologists.
Duties: (1) assist in the capture and collaring of adult and juvenile female white-tailed deer using clover traps and drop nets, (2) locate and monitored collared animals, and (3) assist in necropsies of collared animals to determine the ultimate cause of death as mortalities occur. Other duties will include data entry, equipment maintenance and possibly habitat/snow surveys.
Qualifications: Applicants must have substantial experience working in winter conditions in rugged mountains. Telemetry skills, completion of a wildlife chemical immobilization course, and animal capture and collaring experience are highly desired. Snowmachine and ATV experience, ungulate necropsy skills and tracks and scat identification skills a plus. Applicants must have a bachelor’s in wildlife ecology or a related field. In exceptional cases (e.g., two full seasons of experience), applicants who are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree will be considered. Adaptability, a strong work ethic, excellent problem-solving skills, attention to detail, good communications skills, and a positive attitude are highly desired characteristics. Ability to drive 4-WD vehicles on logging roads, travel across the snow in rugged terrain, and to carry heavy (>30 lbs) packs is required.
To apply: Please email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references as a single PDF document, titled ‘yourname_winter2019.pdf’ to email@example.com. To ensure full consideration, submit your materials by October 19th.