Black Bear Capture and Camera Trap Technician: New Mexico

Black Bear Capture and Camera Trap Technician: New MexicoAgency: New Mexico State UniversityLocation: Jemez Mountains, New MexicoJob Category: Temporary/Seasonal PositionsStart Date: Early September 2022End date: Late November 2022Pay: 11.95/hrJob Description: The New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is seeking one highly motivated field technician to assist with a research project investigating the responses of large mammals to wildfire and landscape-scale forest restoration treatments in north-central New Mexico. Bunk style housing will be provided with access to shared kitchen/restroom.The first two months of this 3-month position will focus on vegetation sampling and measurements (65%), assisting with setting and baiting of traps, and processing of captured black bears (35%). Investigation of GPS cluster sites may be included. Technicians will be on-call night and weekends for bear captures.The final month will focus on removing 145 trail cameras from the field, requiring solo work navigating to remote points via GPS.The ability to collect and organize meticulous data, safely navigate off trail, and independently make informed and justifiable decisions regarding critical mission objectives is required. Technician must adhere to project COVID-19 protocols.Prior experience navigating off-trail via GPS, conducting vegetation sampling, VHF radiotelemetry, and working in remote locations is required. Knowledge of southwestern forest/southern Rocky Mountain plant species is strongly preferred. Previous experience handling and marking animals, particularly large mammals, carnivores, or livestock, is strongly preferred. Field work will be very physically demanding and will require hiking up to 15 miles/day over rough terrain.Undergraduate students majoring in wildlife, ecology, and related fields and individuals of underrepresented groups with vegetation sampling experience are especially encouraged to apply.Qualifications:–    Be pursuing or have acquired a bachelor’s degree in wildlife or a related field–    Experience hiking off-trail in difficult and rugged terrain–    Experience operating VHF telemetry gear and handheld GPS units preferred–    Demonstrated proficiency operating 4×4 vehicles in rugged terrain–    Be self-driven with an attention to detail–    Able to record detailed data and be organized–    Flexible. Long days should be expected, and weekend work may be required–    Proficiency with a chainsaw desirable–    Ability to maintain a positive and mature attitude and clear communication with team and supervisor–    Ability to tolerate and handle foul smelling meat and scent lure.        ***Disclaimer: Bait preparation is a dirty job!***To apply, please email a SINGLE PDF file containing:1)      Cover letter detailing relevant experience, qualifications, and interest in the position2)      CV/resume3)      Names and contact information of 3 referencesto Matt Keeling ( and Leah White ( Please use the format LastName_FirstName_Jemez.pdf (ex: Doe_Jane_Jemez.pdf) and use the position title as the subject line.