The Wood River Wolf Project is a community program specializing in nonlethal methods to minimize loss of sheep, wolves, and other native predators during the summer/fall grazing season in Idaho’s beautiful Sawtooth Challis National Forest. Based in Blaine County, we are seeking a seasonal field technician to implement nonlethal wolf and livestock coexistence methods and strategies in cooperation with sheep producers, agency wildlife and livestock managers, county officials and local wildlife supporters. Activities include providing nonlethal deterrents and technical assistance; wolf and sheep band monitoring; data collection, grazing site/risk evaluation; and consultation with project collaborators.
Requirements: Undergrad or B.S. degree in Wildlife, Natural Resources, Ecology, or related field. Ability to identify common wildlife species of the intermountain west, especially predator species. Bilingual in English and Spanish. Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Strong athletic requirements include hiking with up to 50 lb. pack and camping in rugged mountainous terrain. Good oral and written communication as well as assessment and planning skills. Must be able to communicate effectively with private landowners, livestock producers, governmental agency staff and conservation organization representatives. A keen sense of observation, careful field data collection skills, strong navigational skills, and be proficient using computers, GPS units, and other electronic devices. He/she will be highly motivated, responsible, self-reliant, get along well with others, and enjoy working in challenging field settings. He/she must have the ability to travel and perform field work over extended time periods and have a willingness to work a highly variable and unpredictable schedule. Work will typically occur 6-7 days per week and involve long days, often hiking long distances, and irregular hours. Field conditions include high elevations, rugged terrain, and highly variable weather conditions.
Preferred Skills/Abilities: Preference will be given to those with a background in animal tracking, predation investigation, ArcGIS, and /or use of field camera installation and maintenance. Experience in wildlife and livestock management, rangeland management, nonlethal management techniques including the ability to develop and implement a grazing and/or depredation avoidance management plan is a plus. Good computer skills including Word, Excel, GPS and ArcGIS. Familiarity with predator depredation spatial risk models or interest in learning is helpful.
The position will require some weekend and night work, camping and hiking in mountainous terrain. The optimum season for this position is June 1 - October 15, 2021.
Please include one page cover letter and resume in pdf format and three or more professional references.