Position Title: Research Crew Leader

Employment Term: full-time temporary position; expected duration October 2013 - February 2014

Closing Date: Sept 14, 2013 or until filled (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)

Start Date: Oct 1, 2013

Salary: $2,720/mo.

Location: Field work near Basin, Greybull, Thermopolis and Riverton, WY (60%); office work in Jackson, WY (40%)

Job Descript­­­ion
The Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools (CRC) seeks a Research Crew Leader to support all aspects of an applied ecology research program in northwest and central Wyoming. Primary duties will focus on evaluating the effects of deer delineators (reflectors) on wildlife-vehicle collisions.

Over the past six years the Wyoming Department of Transportation has installed Strieter-Lite® wildlife warning reflectors at high Wildlife Vehicle Collision (WVC) locations. This study will couple behavioral observations and analysis of roadkill data to examine the efficacy of delineators as a WVC mitigation tool. Field work will involve roadside behavioral observations and covering/uncovering reflectors with canvas sample bags. Additional duties will include management/analysis of behavioral data, literature review, report writing, GIS data management, public outreach and professional presentations. The successful candidate will supervise one technician and may have the opportunity to assist CRC staff with study design, project implementation, manuscript preparation and creation of a WVC predictive model.

Schedules will vary throughout the season, but will likely be 10 days on/4 days off, October - December. Field sites are located near Basin, Greybull, Thermopolis and Riverton, WY. Office work is based in Jackson, WY. Expect 70% field time; 30% office time over the course of the project. Low-cost employee housing may be provided depending upon availability; field housing and partial food stipend will be covered.

Experience with wildlife observation, GIS, project management and working in adverse weather required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in scientific writing, statistical analysis, Microsoft Access, ArcGIS, installation/maintenance of electronic field equipment, night-vision optics and ungulate fieldwork. Successful applicant will work with project staff, agency partners, volunteers and students.

Qualifications & Skills

  • MS or BS + 4 yrs. experience in wildlife ecology, natural resource management or related field
  • Nighttime wildlife observation experience
  • Experience deploying and troubleshooting electronic equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with public agency staff and interested public
  • Ability to work effectively in remote locations with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to work long hours in cold/windy and dark (nighttime) field conditions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven problem solver/risk manager
  • Wilderness First Aid certified (required)

Conservation Research Center Background
Teton Science Schools’ Conservation Research Center was formed in response to the growing need in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for responsible conservation and land stewardship. We seek a reasonable balance between wildlife and people to develop resource management strategies and models that other western communities and managers can follow. http://www.tetonscience.org/index.cfm?id=crc_home

Employer Summary
Teton Science Schools were founded in 1967. Since that time, the schools have been educating, training and inspiring students of all ages, achieving the mission of connecting people, nature, place and education. The schools enjoy a reputation as an innovative environmental education center, and the programs serve as models worldwide. Teton Science Schools’ Kelly Campus in Grand Teton National Park serves as home for the Graduate Student Program and a selection of residential education programs for youth, while the 900-acre Jackson Campus is home to the Pre-K through 12th grade Journeys School, the Teacher Learning Center, the Conservation Research Center and an array of residential education programs for school groups, families and elders. Teton Science Schools’ Wildlife Expeditions offers responsible year-round wildlife observation and natural history explorations throughout Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.  http://www.tetonscience.org

To Apply
Complete application on or before deadline noted above. Please attach resume and cover letter to application.

Teton Science Schools are an equal opportunity employer with a drug-free and smoke-free workplace. Successful applicant(s) will be required to pass a background check, driving check and drug screening.