The Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming is hiring three experienced research technicians for a project investigating the influences of energy development on sagebrush songbird communities. The field season will begin in early May and continue until mid-August. Fieldwork will include nest searching and nest monitoring, as well as avian point counts, vegetation surveys, small mammal trapping and removal, and the deployment of motion-sensor nest cameras. Fieldwork will be conducted at the Pinedale Anticline Project Area and Jonah gas fields outside of Pinedale, Wyoming. This position is a great opportunity to gain experience with a variety of survey methods, and investigate important questions related to anthropogenic change and community ecology. Pinedale provides many outdoor recreation opportunities in the nearby Wind River mountains and Jackson, Wyoming is an hour drive. Work schedule will vary with project needs with technicians working between 4-6 days. Pay is $10-13/hour DOE, up to 40 hours/week. Housing will be provided in the form of shared field housing in or near Pinedale.
Qualifications: Applicants should be eager to conduct fieldwork as a member of a field crew working in a dynamic environment. An ability to adapt to regular and unplanned changes in work schedule and assignments is crucial. As such, flexibility, a good sense of humor, and strong communication skills are highly desirable. Candidates that can demonstrate a keen interest in ecology and/or natural history through professional, volunteer, or educational experiences will be given preference.Field experience in sagebrush systems, as well as experience with one or more of the survey methods described above, are also desirable. Applicants must be comfortable with humanely euthanizing captured deer mice in addition to enjoying the rigors of fieldwork, which include working long and irregular hours in hot and dry conditions and being an integral part of a field crew. To apply, send an email containing your resume, a brief cover letter describing your interest in the project and relevant experience, and contact information for three references, to Max Carlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ashleigh Rhea (email@example.com).Please write “Sagebrush Research Technician” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed until February 15th, or until positions are filled.