Wildlife Research Technician, Black Bear – Idaho

University of Idaho
Moscow, ID; St. Joe National Forest; Clearwater National Forest; Payette National Forest
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
approximately $1,980/month
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The University of Idaho is hiring 3 technicians to aid in a project studying black bears in Idaho with an approximate start date of May 26 and end date of August 27, 2020. This study aims to determine if remote cameras can be reliably used to estimate black bear population size in Idaho. Additionally, we are using remote collars to analyze black bear movements and habitat use. Technicians will spend the beginning and end of the season deploying and retrieving approximately 200 trail cameras in 3 separate study areas throughout Idaho. Once all cameras have been deployed, technicians will spend the remaining hitches maintaining trap lines, baiting, and aiding in live captures of bears until camera retrieval begins. Hitches will consist of 9 consecutive work days followed by 5 days off. Housing may or may not be provided for use on off days. Pay for technicians will be approximately $1,980/month and is based on 40 hours of work at $9/hr plus 10 hours of work at an overtime rate of $13.50/hr. Expected hours worked will be 100 hours every 2 weeks.
Valid driver's license, get along well with others in a field setting, with or without reasonable accomidations, hike 10-15 miles per day for up to 9 days in a row, interact professionally with the public, camp for extended periods of time, experience navigating using a GPS and map in remote settings, experience with 4x4 trucks and driving in rugged conditions, ability to follow a rigid protocol and record detailed data in a field setting, and experience entering data into Microsoft Excel and Access. Ideal technicians will have intensive experience following complex remote camera deployment procedures. Live wildlife capture experience is beneficial, but not required. Undergraduate degree in a natural resource field is preferred. Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification is also preferred. If interested, send a resume/CV and cover letter with contact information for 3 references as one attachment to Matt Nelson (jmnelson@uidaho.edu) by 5:00pm (PST) on February 19, 2019. Late applications will not be reviewed. Excellent cover letters clearly demonstrate how you meet each of the qualifications required for the position.
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Matt Nelson
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