The Magic Valley Region is seeking one temporary Wildlife Technician (non-benefited) to track translocated beavers for a monitoring project assessing survival and habitat use. Primary tasks include tracking beavers via VHF telemetry, measuring habitat components of establishment and control sites, conducting necropsies to assess cause of mortality, and caring for live beavers. Other duties may include live trapping beavers, attaching transmitters to beavers, and installing low-tech restoration structures for release site preparation. Work hours will be variable, but will generally consist of 4, 10-hour work days each week. Fieldwork will take place in the South Hills, south of Twin Falls, ID. The position starts approximately July 12, and goes until approximately November 15, but dates are subject to change depending on weather and spring runoff.
This position requires considerable physical activity. With or without reasonable accommodations, employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties of the position including moderate lifting (up to 65 pounds) and strenuous hiking (several miles per day off-trail in rough, uneven terrain). Employees may need to work irregular hours to fulfill position responsibilities.
Applicant is expected to have excellent communication skills, be able to follow verbal and written instructions, and take very detailed notes of observations in the field. Applicant will be responsible for data entry and organization.
Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be comfortable operating an ATV and working in varying environmental conditions. Must be able to hike across rough terrain and thick vegetation. Must be flexible with work duties and schedule. Must be capable of navigating in the field with a GPS or mobile device. Applicant should be comfortable working and/or living alone. Fieldwork is almost exclusively alone and will require following check-in/out procedures.
Working towards or completed a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology or related field. Experience working with beavers, radio-telemetry and animal capture, handling, and restraint is also desired.
To apply, please email a single PDF document containing a cover letter, CV, and contact information (name, email, phone) for 3 references to Lyn Snoddy at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 24, 2021 with the subject line of the email reading " Last name_Beaver Technician."