Volunteers will assist park biologists in reducing human-wildlife conflicts by detecting and mitigating the availability of human food in campgrounds, parking lots, lodging facilities and other park areas including both frontcountry and wilderness areas; monitor movements of bears using radio telemetry; assist in capture, immobilization, tagging, and relocation of bears; assist with negative conditioning of bears and other wildlife using various tactics which may include the use of a paintball gun; complete daily patrol logs and bear incident reports and enter information into a database; assist with capture and relocation of other wildlife including small mammals, rattlesnakes, and birds; and assist with other wildlife management programs when necessary. Volunteers may also participate in wilderness patrols, focusing on educating hikers and backpackers about bears and proper food storage, doing food storage patrols, and chasing bears from backcountry campsites. This position requires a high level of public contact.
Public education (wildlife, food storage); patrols in both frontcountry and wilderness areas; finding and correcting food storage violations through written and verbal warnings; radio telemetry and wildlife tracking; scaring bears from development with training that will be received on the job; data entry; assisting with wildlife captures; responding and assisting to various wildlife management calls including but not limited to moving rattle snakes, assisting with injured wildlife, or helping remove wildlife trapped in buildings; other duties as assigned.
Applicants should be able to work as a team member during patrols and bear capture efforts, but also work well independently, willing to work long and irregular hours and weekends as dictated by bear activity, be in excellent physical condition to negotiate rough and mountainous terrain, lift and carry at least 50 lbs, and be an experienced hiker.
Wildlife management work including work with bears and other large potentially dangerous wildlife, hiking and walking over rough terrain day and night, working in extreme weather conditions, smoke, temperatures over 100 degrees or below freezing, and working near firearms.
Volunteers must commit to the position for at least 12 weeks (May - August) but preference for people with longer availability will be given. Volunteers will be expected to work 40 hours/week. An academic background or training in wildlife management, zoology, or biology is desired. Must have CPR training and first aid certification. Must have valid driver’s license.
APPLY through: https://www.volunteer.gov/s/volunteer-opportunity/a093d000000Um14AAC/yosemite-bear-patrol