Gunnison’s and White-tailed Prairie Dog Field Technicians

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 10 Jan 2022

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Montrose, CO
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
17.50 per hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking to hire 6 field technicians to survey for Gunnison's and white-tailed prairie dogs by assessing presence of prairie dogs within 500mx500m plots distributed across Colorado. Surveys will be conducted from the ground (on foot) and using aerial surveys from a fixed-wing airplane. This position will also involve dusting of prairie dog burrows with Deltamethrin dust via a backpack dusting unit (on foot) and deploying vaccine baits (on foot and by ATV). The position will entail mapping prairie dog colony boundaries and assessing burrow activity. Additional tasks will include assisting on burrowing owl surveys, bat monitoring, spot lighting for black-footed ferrets, and helping trap prairie dogs for a long-term research project. Much of the work will be physically demanding and require extensive travel. Camping at remote field sites is required and technicians will work in pairs to complete survey efforts.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Those with an interest in wildlife conservation and management are encouraged to apply. A degree in Wildlife Biology, Zoology, and other natural resources field is desired. • Must be willing to travel extensively and work in remote statewide locations camping up to 10 days in a row. • Must be willing to work in areas that may have had plague epizootics in the past, and must follow personal safety guidelines provided (plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, and is usually contracted from the bite of infected flea). • Must be physically fit in order to work long days (up to 12 hours) in the field, including hiking long distances over rolling terrain, lifting up to 50 lbs and dealing with hot and inclement weather conditions. • Must have a valid driver’s license and have experience driving 4WD vehicles in adverse driving conditions, pulling a trailer, and operating an ATV. • Applicants must be detail-oriented and be willing to use developed protocols for data collection and data entry, and have good communication skills. • Must be able to work well with others and work often with little to no direct supervision. • Must not get air sick and be able to conduct surveys from a low flying fixed-wing aircraft. HOW TO APPLY: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references as single Word file (via e-mail with your “First and Last name” and “Prairie Dog Field Technician” in the subject line) to: Amy Seglund
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