Wildlife Camera Technicians

University of Montana
Noxon, MT
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The University of Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit is hiring 3-4 remote camera wildlife technicians as part of a collaborative research project with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. This research will be used to monitor elk and carnivore populations in northwest Montana. Technicians will be responsible for maintaining 150 remote cameras that are collecting data about elk and carnivore populations. The purpose of this research is to estimate elk population abundance and carnivore density. Technician duties will include servicing 150 camera-traps that are currently deployed throughout the study area. In an average day, technicians should expect to hike between 6 and 15 miles, gain up to 5000 feet in elevation, experience harsh environmental conditions, and plan for off-trail travel across steep and rugged terrain. Technicians should also be prepared to carry up to 50lbs survey equipment to camera sites, and work extended or irregular hours. The closet town to basecamp is Noxon, MT which is 2.5 hours west of Missoula, MT or 2.5 hours east of Spokane, WA. Housing will be provided in the form of a cabin, project camp trailers or tents. Technicians will have access to an on-site cabin for cooking, food storage, and internet. Rough Duration: Early September – Mid October 2023
Interested applicants must have experience safely operating 4WD vehicles in rough, mountainous terrain. Applicants must be able to regularly carry heavy weight and be physically fit as most travel is off-trail and very challenging. Additionally, qualified candidates should be confident with off-trail navigation in unfamiliar terrain using a map, compass, and/or GPS. Field crews must work and live cooperatively at remote field basecamps-- must have strong communication skills with the ability to interact well with coworkers, and be able to work independently or as a team in remote settings. Applicants should be organized, able to follow a rigid protocol, and record detailed data in a field setting. Preferred candidates will have prior experience with remote field cameras, reading maps, working in bear country, and experience traveling and navigating off-trail. Qualified candidates will also have a background in wildlife biology, ecology, or other related science. To Apply: Submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a resume, and three professional or academic references in a single PDF document to Karly Tellier at karly.tellier@umontana.edu with the subject line “Wildlife Camera Technician”. Deadline for application is June 18th, 2023. Review of applications will begin immediately after that date.
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