The technician for this temporary position is expected to work as a tick surveyor, conducting tick drags in Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and residential areas around Jackson/Wilson between September 13th and November 4th of 2021. At all times the technician will be accompanied by the graduate student working on this project. A tick drag involves dragging a 1 square meter section of flannel cloth that is attached to a wooden dowel across a specified 250 meter transect. Surveyors will check the cloth for ticks every 10 paces and collect data specific to that detection event. Every weekday surveyors will be expected to complete between 3-4 tick drags in parallel transects due to safety concerns in the backcountry. The number of tick drags in each sampling day will be modified to account for differences in driving time and hiking time to the transect location. Surveyors will be expected to hike at least 6 miles and carry up to 50 lbs in mountainous terrain. Housing will be provided at the National Elk Refuge housing complex next to St. John’s Hospital in Jackson, WY. The technician will travel to and from sites with the graduate student in a MSU field vehicle. Local technicians are encouraged to apply.
Field work in bear country
Data entry and recording, collection of biologically-sensitive samples
Work Period & Pay:
Monday-Friday: 8 hours of work each day
Hours per week: 40
September 13th – November 4th
16.00$ per hour
Contact Troy Koser at firstname.lastname@example.org with CV if interested.