The University of Montana, in collaboration with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, is seeking field technicians to work as part of a team studying mule deer habitat from early June through late August 2018. Technicians will conduct detailed vegetation and habitat studies at remote vegetation plots for monitoring nutrition and phenology of forage plants important to mule deer. Technicians will also collect scat samples, enter data, and perform other duties as assigned.
Field work will focus on areas where we have radio-collared mule deer, including the Rocky Mountain Front, the Whitefish Range, and the Cabinet-Salish Mountains. Technicians will be based primarily out of remote cabins or trailers, but will be required to backpack and camp in the backcountry as well.
Successful applicants should have an interest in the plants and natural history of NW Montana, a strong work ethic, outdoor experience, and a proven ability to work as part of a team. Preference will be given to those with vegetation identification skills, or a strong desire to learn. Applicants must be able to cope with challenging field conditions including cold, heat, and wind. Technicians will navigate extensively off-trail in isolated areas and will often hike long distances while carrying up to 35 lbs. In addition, technicians must be independent, responsible, possess attention to detail, and be able to travel extensively on poor roads. Applicants should possess or be working toward degrees related to natural sciences.
Application process: Applicants should send an email to Teagan Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Collin Peterson (email@example.com) using the subject line: “Vegetation technician application.” Please attach a single PDF or Word document that includes all three of the following: a short cover letter (500 words max) outlining your qualifications for the project, a resume/CV, and contact information for three references.