Wildlife Diversity Technician
$12.53 per hour (not benefitted, days off housing provided)
Starts Immediately – Ends mid to late September, 2018
From 2010-14 the Multi-species Baseline Initiative conducted multi-species wildlife surveys across the Idaho Panhandle and adjoining mountain ranges. We are now conducting follow-up multi-taxa surveys focused on amphibians and forest carnivores. We seek a self-motivated and independent field technician for an extremely fun field season in the amazing ecosystems of the Idaho Panhandle. This position has opened unexpectedly and we seek a suitable candidate to start work as soon as possible.
What you’ll be doing:
You will be conducting dip-net amphibian surveys at lentic wetlands and multi-species alpine ecosystem surveys through early September. Amphibian surveys will include collection of water temperature data loggers which have been deployed for 5 years. In September you may assist with managing an array of remote cameras and data entry and management. You will enter data and maintain a database as a regular part of your job.
Your work schedule will be 10 days on and 4 days off. During your 10 day work shifts you will be car camping in the field at remote sites with another employee. During the days you will be working by yourself, off trail, in grizzly bear country. You will serve in a crew leader capacity to the other employee. We are therefore seeking a technician who is very independent, woods savvy, comfortable spending time alone, able to direct the work of one other person, and excited to spend a summer with the frogs.
Surveys sites are stratified across the study area with some close to roads and some quite remote. You will therefore need to be in very good physical shape, handy with a GPS unit, experienced driving a 4x4 truck on unimproved forest roads, and at peace with being alone on steep slopes in thickets of wet alder for hours on end. This job requires an exceptional amount of time spent bushwhacking to reach survey sites. Many survey sites are high elevation ponds in alpine areas. Many are rarely visited by humans and are quite beautiful and rewarding to spend time at.
Duties will be primarily field focused (~95%) with out of the field data management responsibilities (~5%). Duties will generally be broken down as follows (percentages are approximate):
• Conducting multi-taxa, amphibian-focused, surveys at lentic wetlands (80%).
o Downloading and replacing water temperature data loggers at same wetlands.
• Conducting alpine ecosystem surveys near high elevation wetlands (10%)
• Managing an array of forest carnivore remote cameras (5%).
o This includes camera maintenance and possibly setting up new camera stations.
• Data entry and management (5%).
What will be provided:
• Housing in the form of a camp trailer and access to bathroom and cooking facilities. Trailer and facilities are located at BSCWMA near Porthill, Idaho.
• Reliable field vehicle to be shared with the other employee.
• Camp groceries during field work.
• Field gear and field computer.
• Progress toward a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or a related field.
• Excellent physical fitness.
• Experience navigating off trail with a GPS unit.
• Experience driving 4x4 vehicles on unimproved forest roads.
• Swimming ability.
• Competency using Microsoft Excel .
• Ability to direct field work of one other person.
• Enthusiasm to learn new taxonomic groups.
• Comfort working alone in grizzly bear country is essential.
• Lots of enthusiasm to do physically challenging field work and see some really cool country.
• Sense of humor in the face of adversity.
• Experience with and ability to field identify at least one taxonomic group.
• Expertise in Inland Northwest amphibian identification.
• Any experience with amphibians.
How to apply:
• Create an application packet which contains your a) current resume, b) short letter describing why you are excited about and qualified for the position, and c) contact information of at least 3 references.
• Save the application as a single .pdf named as follows:
Your last name_DiversityTech_2018
• Email the packet to: email@example.com
• Applications will be accepted until job is filled. Work will begin as soon as possible.
• Please state when you are available to start in your cover letter.
• Please state if you are willing to be considered for the Biological Aide position which is also being advertised at this time.
Helpful application hints:
Shorter applications are appreciated. Applicants who focus on briefly conveying how they are qualified for and excited about this position will stand out. Successful applicants will demonstrate that they are ready and enthusiastic to work independently across the Idaho Panhandle. Although we strongly prefer a candidate with amphibian identification experience; more important is experience - or ability to gain experience - doing remote and independent field work. If you don’t possess all of the qualifications listed above make a case for why you are a good fit for the job. No phone call please and good luck!