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    Guest Cody Lane
    • Employer: Ricketts Conservation Foundation
      Location: Bondurant, Wyoming
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/20/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We are hiring three wildlife technician positions for a project assessing the impact of aspen regeneration projects and wildfires on songbird and mammal communities in the Monument Ridge area near Bondurant, Wyoming. We seek persons knowledgeable with songbird mist netting and banding, familiar with or willing to be trained in the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) point count protocol, capable of trapping and handling small mammals, and comfortable hiking off trail in remote, mountainous areas.


    Duration and Salary:

    Lead Bander $750/week (May 1 - late October/early November)

    Wildlife Technician $650/week (May 1 - late October/early November)

    Wildlife Technician $650/week (May 15 - late August)

    *** Free housing is provided on a beautiful, working ranch. ***


    Successful applicants will be responsible for assisting with three MAPS stations (setting up and taking down nets, handling birds, recording, and entering field data) and running multiple small mammal trapping grids (placing and baiting traps, checking traps, identifying and marking trapped animals, recording and entering data). They will also conduct IMBCR bird surveys, monitor passerine nest boxes, check trail cameras, conduct vegetation surveys, and assist with Clark’s Nutcracker and Common Loon research in the surrounding area. Starting in mid-September, the lead bander and one technician will conduct owl mist netting.


    Spring/Summer Responsibilities (May - August):

    MAPS songbird mist netting and banding (30%)

    Small mammal trapping and vegetation surveys (25%)

    IMBCR point counts (20%)

    Camera trap monitoring and maintenance (10%)

    Passerine nest box monitoring (10%)

    Common Loon monitoring (5%)


    Fall Responsibilities (September - October):

    Owl migration mist netting and banding (70%)

    Camera trap monitoring and maintenance (10%)

    Yellowstone NP Clark’s Nutcracker work (5%)

    Data entry and proofing (10%)

    Other office tasks (net repair, gear cleanup, nest box maintenance, inventory, etc.) (5%)


    Hours/Schedule: These are full-time, seasonal positions with flexible start and end dates. However, we need people to start by May 15th for mandatory IMBCR point count training. The work schedule is typically 10 days on and 4 days off with extra days for some federal holidays, subject to weather and project requirements.


    Field Conditions: The study area lies at 7,000’ - 8,000’ elevation, so mornings can be frosty, even in summer. Habitat types include aspen woodlands, mixed conifer, and sagebrush steppe. Grizzly bear encounters are possible but very unlikely. Shared housing and transportation for work is provided. Technicians will need their own camping equipment and field gear as well as secure their own transportation to and from Bondurant, WY. Some relocation costs will be reimbursed. Bondurant is a remote town with fewer than 100 year-round residents. The closest amenities are in Jackson and Pinedale, each a 45-minute drive from the ranch. Recreational opportunities in the surrounding area are truly limitless, with world class fly fishing, backpacking, rafting, climbing and two national parks.


    Wildlife Technician Qualifications: Applicants should possess songbird mist netting and banding experience. Excellent hearing, vision, and the willingness to learn to identify western birds by sight and sound are non-negotiable requirements. Experience with small mammal trapping is also desirable but not required. Excellent note taking and organizational skills. Working knowledge of Bandit and Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, and Access). Familiarity with using taped calls to capture migrating owls and the ability to stay up late.


    Applicants should have earned a degree in wildlife biology, related discipline or be working towards completing a degree program. A valid driver's license is required. Applicants should possess a strong work ethic, be a quick learner, have good navigational skills, be able to work as a team player, and willing to share living spaces with coworkers. Ideally, candidates have some experience backpacking with camping and survey equipment into remote areas and knowledge of bear avoidance protocols. Technicians must be in excellent physical condition, able to lift 50 pounds, hike up to 15 miles off-trail at high altitude, tolerate early mornings, adverse weather, large areas of deadfall, and be comfortable not using mosquito repellents in the field (DEET and small animals don’t mix).


    Lead Bander Qualifications: Substantial songbird mist netting and banding experience required. Ideally, this candidate will be able to qualify as a subpermittee on the banding permit. Experience using reference materials (i.e. Pyle) to age and sex birds, identifying and handling small mammals, checking nest boxes and banding nestlings. The Lead Bander will assist the project director and crew lead with project management and crew supervision. Therefore, we are looking for someone with supervisory experience, particularly with passerine mist netting. The lead bander will also administer the nest box monitoring project, so experience with handling passerine nestlings is highly desirable.


    To apply: Send a cover letter and resume detailing which position(s) you are applying for, how your experience and interests make you a suitable candidate and contact information for three references. Applicants for the lead bander position should include a banding resume detailing total numbers of each species captured and banded. Please send all materials to Cody Lane at cody.lane@umconnect.umt.edu. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

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