Greater Sage-grouse Research in Wyoming and Montana

University of Wyoming is looking for up to 6 field technicians to assist with 2 greater sage-grouse research projects. The first project will focus on identifying importing seasonal habitats for sage-grouse in south-central, Montana (1 position). This position will last approximately 5 months (mid-March through mid-August). The second project will collect data to evaluate sage-grouse response to sagebrush habitat treatments in west-central, Wyoming (up to 5 positions). Three positions will last approximately 5 months (mid-March through mid-August) and two positions will last for approximately 3.5 months (1 May through 15 August). Dates are approximate. There will also be an opportunity for 1 technician to begin work as early as mid-February.
Duties will include locating radio-marked grouse with radio telemetry and GPS; monitoring nests; nighttime brood counts; evaluating vegetation and insects at microhabitat plots at nest, brood, and random locations; data entry and proofing; and operating 4 x 4 and off-road vehicles.
Work will require sharing camp trailers or apartments with other technicians; extensive hiking; long hours (> 40/wk); and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions including cold, heat, dust, rain, snow, and biting insects. It is essential that applicants are able to work well with others and also work independently. Technicians will gain valuable wildlife and vegetation monitoring experience.  
First study – Carbon County, Montana (near Red Lodge).
Second study – Fremont County, Wyoming (near Jeffrey City)
Start Date:
First study: ~March 16th (1 person).
Second study: ~March 23rd or May 1st.
Final Day to Apply: January 19, 2018.
Salary: ~$2000/Month, housing provided.
Those who have earned or are pursuing degrees in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply.  
Applicants should have the ability to:
-Legibly record field data and enter it into Excel spreadsheets
-Navigate using maps and GPS equipment
-Monitor birds using radio telemetry
-Work and live side-by-side with co-workers in camp trailers
-Work under extreme weather conditions
-Assist with vegetation and insect data collection
-Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATVs
-Work LONG days with variable work schedules (long day and/or nighttime hours)
Please send a 1 page letter of interest and your resume as a single attached file via email to Kurt Smith. Please name the file with your full name. In your letter of interest please include dates when available to start, the project you are interested in, and a short (1-2 paragraph maximum) answer to the following question: Why is it important to study Greater sage-grouse in relation to human land use practices? In your resume include contact information for 2 or 3 references.
Contact: Kurt Smith (