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Sage-grouse Research Technicians (2)-- Utah


Employer:

Utah State University

Location:

Eureka, UT

Country:

United States

Last Date to Apply:

12 Feb 2018

Description:

Pay: $10/hr DOE

 

We are seeking experienced technicians to assist a graduate student with PhD research looking at translocated and resident sage-grouse movements and vital rates. The position will begin in early March for some, early April for others and will end at the beginning of August, with the possibility of extending based on work load. The field work will take place in the Sheeprock Sage-grouse Management Area located in Utah’s West Desert, and offers access to BLM, USFS, and private land. Primary tasks will include: conducting lek surveys, tracking radio-collared birds, assisting with trapping and collaring birds, assisting with artificial insemination techniques and analysis, assisting with translocations, conducting vegetation surveys, mammalian surveys, corvid/raptor surveys, and assisting in some training and lab meetings. Housing will be provided at the field site and will be shared with other technicians and graduate student as well as technicians from another project through part of the summer. We are seeking experienced technicians to assist a graduate student with PhD research looking at translocated and resident sage-grouse movements and vital rates. The position will begin in early March for some, early April for others and will end at the beginning of August, with the possibility of extending based on work load. The field work will take place in the Sheeprock Sage-grouse Management Area located in Utah’s West Desert, and offers access to BLM, USFS, and private land. Primary tasks will include: conducting lek surveys, tracking radio-collared birds, assisting with trapping and collaring birds, assisting with artificial insemination techniques and analysis, assisting with translocations, conducting vegetation surveys, mammalian surveys, corvid/raptor surveys, and assisting in some training and lab meetings. Housing will be provided at the field site and will be shared with other technicians and graduate student as well as technicians from another project through part of the summer.

 

Applicant must have a BS, or be close to completing a degree in wildlife biology, ecology, range management, or related field. MUST be able to start in either March or April. They must be in good physical health and be able to work long hours in adverse environmental conditions. Field work can be physically demanding, and the ability to hike safely over steep, rocky, remote terrain is required. Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience with radio-telemetry, identifying and measuring western vegetation, and safely working with ATV’s. A valid, US driver’s license with a clean driving record is required. Must be willing to interact with the public and explain the project during chance encounters. Applicant must be willing to have a positive attitude in working odd, long, and variable hours and have a flexible schedule (late-night trapping and early morning lek counts before sunrise, any day of the week).

 

To apply: email a cover letter and resume (as one PDF or Word Document) to melissa.chelak@gmail.com, with “(Name) USU Research Technician” in the email subject line, e.g. “Joe Smith USU Research Technician”.



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