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The Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC) in Glennallen, Alaska, is hiring seasonal field technicians to conduct non-invasive genetic sampling of grizzly bears (Ursus horribilis) using hair traps in southcentral Alaska. This effort is part of a larger research program to estimate density and vital rates for grizzlies in Game Management Unit 13 and to compare the performance of different sampling and analytical methods directly. This project is a collaboration between ADFG, Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC), and the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of
Alaska-Fairbanks. Other cooperators include Ahtna, Inc., the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. ADFG will also be hiring seasonal technicians to work on this project. You must apply to AITRC and ADFG separately to be considered for both sets of positions.
Primary responsibilities will include constructing and maintaining hair traps using barbed wire and scented lure piles. Technicians will also be installing and servicing remote cameras at most sites. Sites are located in remote locations accessible by ATV, boat, foot, and potentially small aircraft. This may require hiking 10+ miles per day across extremely difficult terrain.
Technicians we are working in teams of 2 on an 8-day on, 6 days off work schedule. The field season, including training, will last from June 29th – to Aug 17th. This position requires a candidate capable of working in pairs in remote field locations under limited supervision. Due to our strict sampling schedule, requests for time off cannot be considered. Tents will be provided for front and backcountry camping during fieldwork. Housing during days off may be available. A field truck/SUV will be provided to pairs of workers to navigate to field locations. Food while in the field will also be provided in lieu of per diem.
Tribal Member Preference
Pursuant to PL 93-638, as amended, preference will be given to qualified Ahtna Native Corporation Shareholders, Descendants, and Spouses in all phases of employment.
We expect the person in this position to be a self-starter capable of working independently or as a team member while accepting varied and changing responsibilities in the job. They must exhibit strong time management and organizational skills to effectively schedule and prioritize weekly workflow assignments to develop solutions for problem-solving.
Frequent sitting, using hands/fingers, handling, reaching with hands and arms, talking, hearing, and seeing (up close, at a distance, along the periphery, with depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus); walking; bending, pushing, pulling, and standing for up to 4 hours; occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.
Work performed outdoors will include exposure to extreme weather conditions and requires strenuous hiking over arduous terrain and carrying a backpack up to 50 pounds. It will also include field data collection by foot, truck, ATV, and possibly snowmobile. These forms of transportation can be bumpy and can cause whole-body vibrations, jarring, and/or awkward movements.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described in this job description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. The employee will be working out of doors and will be subject to wilderness conditions, confined spaces, changes in temperature, weather conditions, and noise levels.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee incumbent in this position. The employee will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.
A review of this job has excluded marginal functions of the job that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities required to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
While experience with bears is not necessary, extreme attention to detail most certainly is. The ideal candidate is one who meticulously collects data and thoroughly fills out digital and paper datasheets. Technicians must be organized, detail-oriented, and safety-minded at all times. We are looking for technicians who will keep a positive attitude despite adverse, potentially extreme, field conditions that include thick vegetation, swamps, poor trails, swarming mosquitoes, other biting insects, and inclement weather. Candidates must also be comfortable hiking and camping in bear country with bear attractants.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Carefully drive project-provided vehicles with a trailer to and from field sites, often driving many hours to field locations
• Safely operate ATVs in snowy, muddy, or flooded conditions with an ability to problem solve in the field
• Excellent attention to detail and ability/willingness to follow specific directions and accept constructive criticism
• Able to navigate difficult geographical terrain and associated elements in remote locations in east-central Alaska under potential extreme climatic conditions
• Safely navigate to and from sampling locations using GPS or maps
• Install hair traps following established protocols
• Meticulously collect hair samples from traps for genetic analysis
• Ensure data integrity by keeping samples dry and organized in the field
• Set, maintain, and inventory pictures from remote cameras
• Maintain regular communication with coworkers and project leaders
• Keep bear and moose aware at all times in the field
• Driver’s license and clean driving record.
• Background check
• Minimum age: 18