Teton Research Institute: Research Technician
Position Title: Research Technician
Employment Term: full-time temporary position; expected duration October 2014 - December 2014
Closing Date: Sept 14, 2014 or until filled (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
Start Date: Oct 1, 2014
Location: Field work near Basin, Greybull, Thermopolis and Riverton, WY (80%); office work in Jackson, WY (20%)
The Teton Research Institute (TRI) of Teton Science Schools seeks a Research Technician to support all aspects of an applied ecology research project in northcentral 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 with analysis of roadkill data to examine the efficacy of delineators as a WVC mitigation tool. Field work will involve deploying automated thermal imaging equipment to collect nocturnal roadside behavioral observations of mule deer. Observations will subsequently be scored to quantify trends in road crossing behavior. Additional duties will include implementation of roadside treatments, data management, literature review, report preparation, and development of educational materials.
Field work will be based in Thermopolis, WY. Office work and weekends based in Jackson, WY. Expect 80% field time; 20% 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 and working in adverse weather conditions required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in Microsoft Access, ArcGIS, maintenance/troubleshooting electronic equipment and ungulate behavioral observation. Successful applicant will work with project staff, agency partners, volunteers and students.
Desired Qualifications & Skills:
- BS + 2 yrs. experience in wildlife ecology, natural resource management or related field
- Nighttime wildlife observation experience
- Experience deploying and maintaining electronic equipment
- Demonstrated ability to work well with others as part of a small (two person) field team
- Comfort living and working in remote locations with minimal supervision
- Experience driving and working under adverse weather conditions
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Creative problem solver
- Wilderness First Aid certified (required)
Teton Science Schools’ Teton Research Institute was formed in response to the growing need in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for responsible conservation and land stewardship. In our work, we seek a reasonable balance between wildlife and people to develop resource management strategies and research models that other western communities can follow. For more information.
Teton Science Schools is 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.