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  • Field Technicians for Summer 2019 – Bee and Bird Habitat Study

    • Employer: University of Montana
      Location: Montana, northern Idaho, eastern Oregon
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/01/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Description:

    We are seeking 3 highly motivated individuals to work early May through early August on a project looking at the influence of habitat treatments on bee and bird communities in northern Idaho and western Montana. Technicians will collect data pertaining to a Masters project analyzing bee and bird communities at treated and control sites. Responsibilities will include navigating to pre-determined locations to conduct point counts, collect bee samples through a variety of collection methods including pan traps and hand netting, and collect forest stand and habitat measurements.


    Due to the large study area, technicians need to be comfortable driving 4WD vehicles on both maintained and unmaintained roads. Our sites range in condition from dense forest stands and understory, to dry mixed forest-sage sites. Sites will also range from gentle, relatively flat slopes to steep, rugged terrain. Technicians need to be able to handle the changing environmental and weather conditions (cold and rainy in May, hot and smoky in late July) while carrying upwards of 30lb of gear and hiking 2-10 miles a day.


    A successful applicant will be comfortable camping in remote settings. During time on, technicians will camp (tents provided) at central locations near study sites. Techs will drive/hike out to sites during the day and return to camp at night. Camp sites will be at remote locations with limited cellphone/internet access, and almost no access to running water or indoor plumbing during days on, however drinking and cooking water will be transported in work vehicles. Preference will be given to applicants with documented bird identification experience, especially in western Montana or northern Idaho.



    •           Possessing or pursing a BS in Wildlife, Forestry, Natural Resources, or related field.

    •           Coursework or demonstrated bird identification experience, or willingness to learn bird identification for many species by sight and sound

    •           Valid driver’s license with a clean record.

    •           Personal vehicle for days off.

    •           Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on both paved and unpaved roads.

    •           Ability to navigate using a handheld GPS, topographic and other maps.

    •           Able to hike 2-10 miles a day in varying conditions while carrying upwards of 30lbs.

    •           Willingness to communicate clearly with interested public and various agency personnel about work activities.

    •           Able to cooperatively work in teams and independently.

    •           Willingness to work varying and irregular hour work days.

    •           Flexible to allow for changes in schedules due to working conditions.

    •           Experience with plant and tree identification (optional)

    •           Experience with Microsoft Office (optional).

    •           Experience pinning insects (optional)

    •           First Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Aid Training (optional).

    •           Camping/backpacking experience (optional, but strongly recommended).


    Tentative Start Date: 5/6/2019

    Pay Rate: $400/week


    To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references (contact names, emails, and phone numbers) in one document to Emily Oja at emily.oja@umconnect.umt.edu


    Applicants will be reviewed as they are received and positions will be filled as soon as we identify qualified candidates. Final date to apply is April 1st, 2019.

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