(1) Wildlife technician needed ASAP for an extensive research project in southern Idaho to examine the effects of spring cattle grazing on sage-grouse demographic traits and habitat characteristics (project website: https://idahogrousegrazing.wordpress.com/). Duties include: using radio telemetry to track sage-grouse and locate nests, nest monitoring, sage-grouse brood surveys, insect sampling, and data entry. Additional duties will include: measuring vegetation characteristics and grazing intensity, plant identification, fence installation, and mapping percent grass utilization by hiking continuously for the entire day over large areas in pristine sagebrush steppe grasslands. Tasks will vary depending on project needs and start date, and will change over the course of the field season. All wildlife technicians will likely conduct substantial insect and vegetation sampling; a wildlife technician may primarily conduct vegetation sampling for several consecutive weeks. Technicians will need to walk many hours daily over rough terrain (off-trail) in relatively remote and will be required to work unusual hours including at night and very early mornings. Technicians will work at one or more of 5 study sites in southern Idaho: Big Southern Butte near Arco, ID; Jim Sage Mountains near Atomic City, ID; Browns Bench near Rogerson, ID; Sheep Creek near Grasmere, ID; and Pahsimeroi Valley near May, ID. Technicians may be moved between sites depending on project needs. Southern Idaho offers boundless outdoor recreation opportunities. All sites have nearby access to excellent hiking, fishing, rafting, mountain biking opportunities, and much more! Additionally, technicians will be part of a large research team with 2 graduate students, 20+ technicians, 5 crew leaders, a research scientist, and 2 state biologists working across 5 study sites. This is a highly collaborative project and involves working closely with personnel from Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Idaho, local ranchers, and other stakeholders. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.
Qualifications include an undergraduate degree (or working towards one) in wildlife science, zoology, rangeland ecology, botany or a related field (e.g., Biology, Zoology, etc.). Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, a valid driver’s license, willingness to travel, ability to tolerate walking for up to 8 hours straight, and willingness to live and conduct field research under rigorous and remote conditions during variable weather conditions (snow and rain early in the field season; heat at the end of the field season). We expect to provide more on the job training for wildlife technicians compared to the Senior Wildlife Technician position, but applicants with previous experience performing one or more of the duties described above will be given preference. Experience working/living in rural areas, ranching/farming operations, and operating ATVs and 4WD vehicles is also beneficial. To apply, please send the following materials in a single .pdf or .docx (via email attachment) to Andrew Meyers (firstname.lastname@example.org): (1) Cover letter, (2) resume with GPA, and (3) contact information for >3 references. Please write “Wildlife Technician” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so some applicants may be selected before 30 April.