Summer Sage-grouse Habitat Inventory Technician Needed-Montana
Montana State University
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Seasonal technicians are needed for a study evaluating habitat selection, movements, and demography of greater sage-grouse in scenic north-central Montana. Duties will include: conducting radio-telemetry, monitoring nests and broods, and measuring habitat conditions. These tasks require individuals who are mentally and physically prepared for long days in the field and various environmental adversities. Such adversities could include: challenging backcountry navigation, UV radiation, biting insects, rugged terrain, dust, wind, harsh weather, and wild animals. We will be consistently examining the sagebrush-steppe so some experience with and knowledge of this ecosystem type is desired. Applicants should be comfortable working in groups or independently while also remaining focused during repetitive outdoor tasks. The work schedule will be adaptively managed by the graduate student leading field research. The nature of large scale field work typically necessitates long hours in the field. Rain may postpone field efforts but working in bouts of inclement weather should be expected. Days off may include a disproportionate amount of rainy days which may make study area roads impassable. Technicians will be working roughly 5 ten-hour days per week; the exact schedule will be influenced by the ecosystem being researched.
A positive attitude, excellent work ethic, and motivation to contribute to conservation science. Preference will be given to applicants having experience with sage-grouse radio-telemetry, nest checks, mortality assessments and especially applicants with training and experience conducting habitat inventories or vegetation surveys. Applicants familiar with or trained in BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring protocol are highly desirable. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Other important qualifications include: • safely operating four-wheel drive vehicles and ATVs in rugged terrain • navigating with GPS receivers, as well as maps and a compass • first aid training and practiced wilderness safety habits • exceptional organization and proven data-handling skills • knowledge of the plants of Montana especially the Northern Great Plains • communicating professionally with co-workers to help ensure crew health and project success Prepare a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should describe your relevant experience and interest in this position. Resumes should include at least three references. Send these application materials as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to Trapper Haynam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please name the file using the date of submission and your full name: 2018-05-28_SAGRtech_FirstNameLastName. Applications must be submitted no later than June 15th. The position will close when a qualified applicant is found.