Up to 4 wildlife technicians are needed to conduct surveys for California spotted owls in Tahoe National Forest. Positions will begin April 3 and end August 4, 2023, and technicians must commit to working through the entire period. Pay starts at $20.00 per hour depending upon experience. Housing will be provided. Wildlife technicians will conduct surveys for spotted owls, assess reproductive status, locate nest and roost trees, assist in the capture and deployment of GPS data loggers on owls, program and deploy Autonomous Recording Units (ARUs), care for equipment/lures, and record sightings of other animals encountered. Wildlife technicians will also record, transcribe, enter data into computer databases, and validate data that was collected in the field.
A typical workweek is 40 hours, and frequent camping is required. Schedules will be irregular. For example, owl work will be primarily nocturnal, but pre-dusk or post-dawn follow-up visits will be required. Work involving the placement and maintenance of ARUs will be diurnal. Technicians may be required to rotate between owl and ARU duties. Work will often require off-trail hiking in steep, forested terrain, during day or night. Technicians must be respectful of others as well as work and live together cooperatively.
Qualified technicians will have a bachelor's degree in wildlife or related field, and/or have relevant experience conducting wildlife surveys, experience working in remote conditions, and have a valid driver's license meeting UW Risk Management Standards and become an approved driver through UW-Madison's driver authorization process.
-Applicants must be physically fit (i.e., able to walk long distances in steep mountainous terrain with field gear in a time efficient manner).
-Ability to follow supervisor's instructions and adhere to established scientific protocols.
-Ability to take detailed field notes and translate these into electronic databases.
-Ability to work alone and off-trail far from human settlements often at night.
-Ability and confidence navigating unfamiliar terrain on foot at night with a map, compass and GPS.
-Ability to navigate and safely operate 4-wheel-drive vehicles on minimally maintained backcountry roads at night.
-A clean driving record is required, and hiring is contingent upon passing a UW driving background check.
-Must be willing to commit to working from April 3rd through August 4th, 2023.
-Must work and live cooperatively.
Apply online at "Jobs at UW" (http://jobs.wisc.edu) under job number 271079. Applications must be received through UW Madison's online application system. Include a cover letter stating why you are interested in a position, a resume with at least three references with their contact information, all in a single file.