Wildlife Field Technician - Uintah Basin, UT

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Employer
Utah State University
Location
Vernal, Utah, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 04, 2021
Closes
Jun 19, 2021
Ref
1957008333
Discipline
Land Management
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
The successful candidate will work with Utah State University Biology faculty and graduate students at the Uintah Basin campus in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management Green River District Vernal Field Office (VFO) to conduct field work in the Uintah Basin of Northeastern Utah to monitor raptor nesting success.

The Raptor Crew assesses raptor nesting success throughout the VFO district by visiting known nests, recording evidence of nesting, identifying prey remains near the nest, recording habitat characteristics (including invasive plants), and recording local disturbances. Crew members will also be responsible for collecting genetic samples (fecal material and feathers) using sterile technique. Crew members may have the opportunity to band nestlings for a few days during the season.

Four positions are available and funded for no more than 29 hrs/wk for 13 weeks, May 10th-August 4th. Preference will be given to qualified Utah State University students. Preference will also be given to applicants that can be present during the entire field season, and particularly those that can start on-time. Please indicated whether you can begin on May 10th or not in your application materials. Compensation will be $12.50/hr for crew members. No housing is provided with this position. The duty station for these positions is Vernal, Utah.

Technicians will make field observations of wildlife or vegetation according to protocol, collect data, and enter data. They may also aid the crew lead in preparing a report. They will collaborate with teammates and the crew lead to collect and assemble a high-quality data set in an efficient manner. Fieldwork may require strenuous hiking (up to 15 miles per day off-trail in rough terrain), work in adverse weather conditions, and irregular hours. Work may be conducted in a team setting or independently. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Along with the online application, please attach the following documents combined into a single pdf:
  • A cover letter, including a summary of why you are seeking this position
  • A current resume
  • The names, titles, contact information, and relationship to the applicant for two professional references (not family members or personal references)
  • Unofficial transcripts

    • Attend CPR/Wilderness First Aid Certification (provided)
    • Conduct field surveys independently after training
    • Raptor identification
    • Follow protocols for raptor surveys with emphasis on minimizing disturbance
    • Plant identification and quantification following protocol
    • Travel to field sites, driving 4WD vehicle on unmaintained dirt roads (must be 21 years old to drive)
    • Hiking to work sites, sometimes in adverse weather, sometimes at irregular hours
    • Navigation via GPS
    • GPS management to find and monitor or map study sites
    • Data entry under direction of the crew lead


    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Experience identifying raptors
    • Experience identifying plants
    • Demonstrated fieldwork experience
    • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
    • Ability to follow safety regulations
    • Driver's license and experience driving 4WD vehicles
    • Ability to efficiently execute directives and study plan
    • Ability to collaborate with crewmates and follow team lead


    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Professional fieldwork experience
    • Professional plant identification experience or certifications
    • Professional raptor identification experience
    • GIS, GPS, or orienteering experience
    • Experience with raptor handling and survey protocols
    • Experience with technical climbing
    • Data entry experience
    • Demonstrated strong performance in relevant coursework, including but not limited to one or more classes in a topic such as ornithology, botany, biology, ecology, natural resource management, or GIS
    • Preference will be given to qualified Utah State University students
    • Preference will also be given to applicants that can be present during the entire field season, and particularly those that can start on-time


    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/CV"

    2. A cover letter, including a summary of why you are seeking this position to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

    3. The names, titles, contact information, and relationship to the applicant for two professional references (not family members or personal references) to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile
    4. Unofficial transcripts to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Documents 1-5"

    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    $12.50 per hour

    Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Additionally, indoor or outdoor work environments may include being confined or in narrow spaces for periods of time. The incumbent may also be exposed to loud noises or vibrations from equipment, and conditions that may affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation. Bending, crawling, and crouching may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift, push, and/or pull objects up to 50 pounds and be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time.

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