Summary: The Greater Yellowstone Common Loon Working Group coordinates monitoring of a highly disjointed and sensitive population of Common Loons. Work conducted by Biodiversity Research Institute includes the monitoring of population segments with an emphasis on developing less invasive tools, monitoring for disturbance events, and banding of individuals.
Additionally, several weeks of Harlequin Duck monitoring will be conducted in the same study area.
Duties are not limited to:
• Common Loon and Harlequin Duck surveys;
• Deployment of audio recorders and camera traps;
• Waterbird captures in MT and WY;
• Deployment of closure and nest rafting equipment;
• Travel in canoes and motorboats and extensive off-trail hiking;
• Working with the public and agency members.
Employees will be required to provide their own field equipment. Efforts can be made to supplement missing items; however, basic gear is mandatory.
Hours & Schedule: This is a full-time, seasonal position running from ~May 8 – August 7. Night and weekend work will occasionally be required, with car camping and extensive travel throughout the region including multiple trips to NW Montana. Please note that weather and changes in project scope will require flexible work schedules. This description is not a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties, and responsibilities.
Compensation: Compensation will be $18-20, housing not provided.
To apply, or to submit questions, please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references in a single PDF file to Carl Brown (email@example.com)
Biodiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.
Qualifications: Possessing or pursuing a B.A. or B.S. in wildlife biology, wildlife management, biology, zoology, ecology is preferred; individuals with related discipline, employment or skill-set should apply. A valid driver's license is required.
Job Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Courses and/or work experience in wildlife biology, preferably with avian or aquatic species;
• Ability to work independently, as well as with a team of other researchers;
• Knowledge and ability to safely work in grizzly bear and hazardous environments;
• Ability to hike 15-20 miles if needed;
• Surefooted in wet, brush and downfall filled rocky environments;
• Strong swimming ability;
• A working knowledge of kayak, canoe, and/or powerboat use preferred;
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and Access;
• Patience to monitor banded individuals;
• Ability to work long hours during nighttime capture schedules;
• Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions;
• A genuine interest in learning about wildlife conservation and their habitats;
• A good attitude in poor working conditions, and professional conduct.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None.
Physical Demands: Physically demanding work requires field biologists to be in excellent physical condition, lift and carry 50+ lbs, and must possess an ability to tolerate weather extremes, rough water, hiking into remote lakes and maintain composure in the constant company of heavy mosquitoes. Individuals should expect to encounter grizzly bears and other hazardous wildlife, regular electrical storms in addition to long days in the field beginning and ending with extensive vehicle travel and potential changes in schedule.
Work Environment: The field site is located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in and around NW Wyoming. The ability to have or possess temporary housing in the Jackson / Victor / Ashton region is preferred, but accommodation for Idaho Falls or similar in distance will be considered. One or two week-long trips to NW Montana are expected.
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