Applicants must be able to work outdoors early in the day and under a range of environmental conditions, hike for 4+ hours across moderate terrain, follow established protocols, and be flexible with working hours. Applicants must have good eyesight and high-frequency hearing to effectively detect small mammals with or without reasonable accommodations. Applicants should have experience with or be comfortable in handling, restraining, and collecting genetic samples from live small mammals. The weekly work schedule is entirely weather-dependent and applicants must be willing to flex their workdays. Ground squirrel survey, capture and handling techniques will be provided. Applicants must secure their own housing. Extended nongame fieldwork could include more difficult terrain and hiking conditions.
Technicians will be part of a crew of two to three people conducting line-transect distance-based surveys, in addition to trapping, sampling, and tagging ground squirrels. Additional responsibilities include maintaining accurate field records, entering and proofing survey and waypoint data, tracking progress on completing target surveys and data summary.
It is preferred that applicants have a B.S. degree in biological sciences, natural resources, or related field, with some field experience OR demonstrated field experience with small mammal surveys or trapping. Some experience driving 4WD pickup trucks and ATV/UTV is also preferred. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.