Winter Wolf Survey Volunteer Tech Positions

Deadline

Last date to apply is September 30.  Hiring decisions will be made by the end of October.

Background

Four field technicians are needed to survey wolves using noninvasive methods in the Superior National Forest, Minnesota from January 6 through the end of March in 2019. Methods include ground tracking (using snowmobiles, snowshoes, and skis), camera trapping, howling, and collection of scat and other genetic material for individual wolf ID. 

Preferred experience includes driving on snowy/icy roads (including unplowed roads), trailering snowmobiles, snowmobiling, animal tracking, camera trapping, orienteering, snowshoeing/cross country skiing.

It is extremely important the applicant be safety-conscious at all times.

Compensation

On-site housing and $450 stipend per month is provided. The work schedule is generally 6 days on and 1 day off (but can sometimes vary).

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Required (sorry, no exceptions) completed Bachelor degree in wildlife, biology, ecology, zoology or a related field by the time the position begins.
  2. Great attention to detail, organizational skills, and very clear handwriting.
  3. Good references.
  4. Outdoor and backcountry skills such as orienteering, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, excellent winter driving skills, trailering, animal tracking, etc.
  5. Must be a US citizen with a social security number (and a US bank account is required for stipend processing). Due to administrative constraints, we are unable to consider international applicants.

Apply

Please email the completed application below, with resume, and unofficial transcript to Dr. Shannon Barber-Meyer (supervisor for these positions) at sbarber-meyer@usgs.gov. Please completely fill out the application form itself (e.g., do not leave sections of the application form incomplete, do not just reference your resume or other documents).

Important Application Notes

  1. If you are offered and accept the position, we expect you to fulfill the length of the position. If you might potentially take another position that would cause you to leave this position early or need to start later than the start date, please do not accept the offer of this position. We can only hire technicians that are able to commit for the entire duration. Thank you for understanding.
  2. If you anticipate an absence during the position (a wedding, conference, etc.) alert Dr. Barber-Meyer to that prior to being hired because it may change whether or not we can hire you. In some cases we are able to accommodate an absence depending on timing and length but in other cases we cannot.  Thank you for understanding.

 

Application Form – Winter Wolf Survey Volunteer Technician

USGS Minnesota Wolf and Deer Project, Ely, MN

Please email the completed application, your resume, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Shannon Barber-Meyer at sbarber-meyer@usgs.gov.

 

Applicant info:

 

Name -

 

Email -

 

Phone -

 

Degree date -

 

Major -                                                                         GPA -

 

Do you have a valid U.S. state driver’s license?

 

List CPR, First Aid, and/or Wilderness First Responder certifications and dates of expiration:

 

Describe your experience with the following:

Winter field work -

 

Driving 4x4 trucks on snowy/icy roads including unplowed roads -

 

Snowmobiling -

 

Animal tracking –

 

Camera trapping -

 

Accurately, neatly, and completely recording data -

 

Trailering (snowmobiles, ATV’s, boats, etc.) -

 

Orienteering –

 

Snowshoeing / cross country skiing -

 

Mechanic / maintenance skills -

 

References: (Provide 3 work references – name, position, and email address)

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Any additional remarks you would like to make: