The Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming is hiring three research technicians for a project investigating the influences of energy development on sagebrush songbird communities. The field season will begin in early to mid-May and continue until mid-August. Fieldwork will include nest searching and nest monitoring, vegetation surveys, small mammal trapping, the set up and maintenance of supplementary feeding stations, and the deployment of motion-sensor nest cameras. Fieldwork will be conducted at the Pinedale Anticline Project Area gas field outside of Pinedale, Wyoming. This position is a great opportunity to gain experience with a variety of survey methods, and investigate important questions related to anthropogenic change and community ecology. Pinedale provides many outdoor recreation opportunities in the nearby Wind River mountains and Jackson, Wyoming is an hour drive. Work schedule will vary with project needs with technicians working between 4-6 days. Pay is $1600-2000/month DOE, up to 40 hours/week. Housing will be provided in the form of shared field housing in or near Pinedale.
Qualifications: Applicants should be eager to conduct fieldwork as a member of a field crew working in a dynamic environment. An ability to adapt to regular and unplanned changes in work schedule and assignments is crucial. As such, flexibility, a good sense of humor, and strong communication skills are highly desirable. Candidates that can demonstrate the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision through professional, volunteer, or educational experiences will be given preference. Field experience in sagebrush systems, as well as experience with one or more of the survey methods described above, are also desirable. A keen interest in the ecology and natural history of songbirds and small mammals is mandatory. Applicants must enjoy the rigors of fieldwork, which include working long and irregular hours in hot and dry conditions, hiking several miles in a day, and being an integral part of a field crew. To apply, send an email containing your resume, a brief cover letter describing your interest in the project and relevant experiences, and contact information for three references in a single PDF file, to Ashleigh Rhea (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please write “Sagebrush Research Technician” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed until February 25th, or until positions are filled.