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  • Sage Grouse Wildlife Technician

    Guest Cody Tisdale
    • Employer: University of Idaho
      Location: Idaho
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Salary: Salary will be $10-$13/hr ($1680 - 2184/month), depending on experience; field housing options available

    Start Date: 24 February 2022 (Flexible)

    End Date: variable: 15 June - 15 July 2022 (some positions will end when workload tapers and others will stay to end of season)   



    Wildlife technicians needed for an extensive research project in southern Idaho to examine the effects of cattle grazing on sage-grouse demographic traits and habitat characteristics. Duties include: trapping and banding sage-grouse at night in remote locations, attaching VHF and/or PTT/GPS radio transmitters to female sage-grouse, using radio telemetry to track sage-grouse and locate nests, nest monitoring, DNA sampling at depredated nests, sage-grouse brood surveys, and data entry. Additional duties may include measuring vegetation characteristics and grazing intensity, plant identification, electric fence installation, and mapping percent grass utilization over large areas in pristine sagebrush steppe. All wildlife technicians will likely conduct vegetation surveys as well. Tasks will vary depending on project needs, and will change over the course of the field season. All technicians will be expected to identify common sagebrush steppe grasses and forbs prior to starting employment (information will be provided upon selection). Technicians will need to walk many hours daily over rough terrain (off-trail) in relatively remote areas and will be required to work unusual hours that differ weekly, including night and early mornings. Most wildlife technicians will wrap up work June 30th, but some may be offered to remain until mid-August. Technicians will work at one (or more) of our 4 study sites in southern Idaho: Big Butte near Atomic City, ID; Browns Bench near Rogerson, ID; Sheep Creek near Grasmere, ID; and Pahsimeroi Valley near May, ID. Technicians may be moved between sites depending on project needs. Southern Idaho offers boundless outdoor recreation opportunities. All sites have nearby access to excellent hiking, camping, birding, fishing, hunting, kayaking/rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking opportunities, and much more! Additionally, technicians will be part of a large research team with 3 professors, several graduate students, 20+ technicians, 4 crew leaders, a research scientist, and 2 state biologists working across 4 study sites. This is a highly collaborative project and involves working closely with personnel from Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Idaho, local ranchers, and other stakeholders. More information on the project can be found at https://idahogrousegrazing.org/current-project-status/


    Qualifications include an undergraduate degree (or working towards one) in wildlife biology, zoology, rangeland ecology, botany or a related field (e.g., Biology, Zoology, etc.). All applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, a valid driver’s license, willingness to travel, ability to tolerate walking for up to 8 hours straight, and willingness to live and conduct field research under rigorous and remote conditions during variable weather conditions (snow and rain early in the field season; full sun and heat at the end of the field season). Applicants with previous experience performing one or more of the duties described above will be given preference. Experience with any of the following is also beneficial:  working/living in rural areas, camping in remote areas, working on ranching/farming operations, and operating ATVs and 4WD vehicles. To apply, please send the following materials in a SINGLE .pdf or .docx to Cody Tisdale (grsg.idaho@gmail.com) and Dr. Courtney Conway (cconway@uidaho.edu): (1) Cover letter, (2) resume with GPA, and (3) contact information for >3 references.  PLEASE WRITE “Sage-Grouse Wildlife Technician” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so some applicants may be selected before 15 January.

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