University of Washington Winter Fisher Monitoring Volunteer Field Assistant – North Cascades, WA

University of Washington
Various locations in the North Cascades, WA
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
Monthly volunteer stipend of $800 - $1200, commensurate on experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Fishers are listed as an endangered species in Washington state and are currently being restored to their historic range in the Washington Cascades. From 2018 to 2020, a total of 89 fishers were translocated to the North Cascades National Park Service Complex and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. In partnership with the Fisher Reintroduction Project, the Prugh Lab at the University of Washington is studying resource selection in translocated fishers in the North Cascades reintroduction area. We are seeking one volunteer assistant for winter monitoring efforts at several sites in Washington’s North Cascades. The data collected will be used in research studying the habitat and dietary requirements of fishers and the related risks of secondary rodenticide exposure to the reintroduced population. Responsibilities will include: -Hiking in rough and snowy terrain in variable weather conditions -Snowmobiling and snowshoeing into remote winter sites -VHF telemetry to locate fresh fisher tracks -Backtracking animals to collect genetic samples and fine-scale movement data -Maintaining remote camera stations -Assisting the graduate student with other day-to-day responsibilities -Living in remote field housing -Working 8-10 hour days, with the possibility of longer field days on occasion The work period is expected to extend from early January to late March. Field housing is provided.
Basic Qualifications -Ability to maintain a positive attitude and work ethic in marginal weather conditions -Experience using a GPS -Excellent physical fitness: ability to snowshoe 5-10 miles while carrying a pack -Basic knowledge of safe snow travel in mountainous conditions -Honest and effective communication -Flexibility with scheduling is critical to the success of the project. Weekly field schedules will revolve around weather conditions. -Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented work ethic Preferred Qualifications -Knowledge of Pacific Northwest wildlife species track and sign -Experience working in winter conditions and operating a snowmobile -Experience using VHF telemetry equipment The successful applicant must comply with University of Washington COVID-19 provisions, which may limit out of state travel during the work period. To apply, please submit 1) a current CV, 2) the names and contact information for two references, and 3) a brief cover letter detailing your relevant experience and enthusiasm in conducting winter field research. Submit application materials to with the subject “UW Fisher Assistant”. To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by November 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive.
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Kayla Dreher
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