Winter Wolf Survey Tech Position

*Winter Wolf Survey Tech Position*

Position background:

One field technician is needed to survey wolves using noninvasive methods in the Superior National Forest, Minnesota from January 3 through the end of March, 2021.  Methods include ground tracking (using snowmobiles, snowshoes, and skis), camera trapping, 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, and data processing.

It is extremely important the applicant be safety-conscious at all times.  The volunteer technician will work with our projectâÂEURÂ(tm)s full-time biotechnician while following coronavirus precautions (social distancing, appropriate face covering, hand sanitizing, etc.).  Periodically, our projectâÂEURÂ(tm)s research wildlife biologist may work with the field team as well âÂEUR” but generally it will be the volunteer technician and our project biotechnician that will work as a socially-distancing team of two in the field.


On-site housing (government bunkhouse) and $450 stipend per month is provided.  The work schedule is generally 6 days on / 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.

6. Must adhere to coronavirus precautions (social distancing, face coverings, hand sanitizing / washing, etc.).

To apply:

Please email these three items – 1) the completed application below, 2) your resume, and 3) transcript (unofficial is fine) to Dr. Shannon Barber-Meyer (supervisor for this position) at  Please *completely fill out* the application form itself (e.g., do not leave sections of the application form incomplete, please do not just reference your resume or other documents).

Apply as soon as possible if you are interested because although the last date to apply is September 10 – the position is* likely to be filled as applications are received* because when time allows we review applications as they come in. Hiring decisions are anticipated to be made before mid-October.


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.) please 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 âÂEUR” Winter Wolf Survey Volunteer Technician*

*USGS Minnesota Wolf and Deer Project, Ely, MN*

Please email the three following items to apply: *1) the completed application below, 2) your resume, and 3) transcript (unofficial is fine)* to Dr. Shannon Barber-Meyer at

*Applicant info:*

Name –

Email –

Phone –

Degree date –

University –

Major / minor âÂEUR”


*Do you have a valid U.S. state driverâÂEURÂ(tm)s license?*

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

*Please describe your experience with the following:*

Winter field work –

Driving 4×4 trucks on snowy/icy roads including unplowed roads –

Snowmobiling –

Trailering (snowmobiles, ATVâÂEURÂ(tm)s, boats, etc.) –

Animal tracking (following and identifying tracks, especially large canids)

Camera trapping –

Accurately, neatly, and completely recording data âÂEUR”

Data entry / processing (especially of photos and spatial data) –


Orienteering –

Snowshoeing / cross country skiing –

Mechanic / maintenance skills –

*References:* (Provide 3 work references âÂEUR” name, position, and email





*Any additional remarks you would like to make:*

Thank you for your application to the USGS MN Wolf and Deer Project!