Winter Field Interns – Siskiyou Deer and Puma Project-California

University of California, Santa Cruz
Siskiyou County, Northern California
Job Category
per diem to help cover cost of living
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Description: We are seeking interns to carry out winter fieldwork on an on-going study which is aimed at assessing the roles of various factors (such as predation and habitat quality) on the population dynamics of mule and black-tailed deer in Siskiyou County, Northern California. The interns will be part of a larger team that includes researchers and field technicians and will be based in Siskiyou County close to Mount Shasta, a top destination for winter recreational activities. The position duration is 2 months (January 9 – March 8, 2019). Fieldwork will be carried out primarily on National Forest land with moderate ruggedness. The positions require extensive hiking in winter conditions. Snow cover and temperatures around or below freezing are expected through much of the duration. Responsibilities of the interns: - Carry out mule and black-tailed deer pellet collection surveys on several deer winter ranges. The surveys are aimed at obtaining data to estimate 1) deer densities based on fecal DNA, and 2) deer diet based on analysis of food items in pellets - Deploy and maintain camera traps on the same deer winter ranges where pellets are sampled. The camera trap data will assist with refining pellet-based deer population estimation - Data entry and sample organization Additional tasks that might possibly require intern participation: - Opportunistically and infrequently, interns might be asked to assist in activities such as: searches of GPS location clusters from collared pumas to identify puma predation impact on deer; camera trapping of predators; or fawn and adult deer monitoring and mortality-site investigations to identify cause of death
Qualifications: - Graduated from a wildlife biology, ecology, conservation, zoology, environmental science or related program. Senior undergraduates will also be considered - Attention to detail, excellent ability to focus on task at hand, good physical condition to be able to hike extensively and in cold temperatures - Ability to navigate forested terrain with varying degrees of ruggedness using GPS, compass and map - Interns must be comfortable with living remotely and with basic living amenities - Previous experience carrying out winter fieldwork with snow is an asset - Applicants with prior ungulate/mammal research experience will be preferred Application procedure: Please send cover letter (describing what attracted you to this position and why you feel you would be a good candidate), CV and contact information for 2 references to Bogdan Cristescu, Mention “Siskiyou Internship Winter” in the e-mail subject line. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted
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