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We are currently seeking a winter field technician for camera trapping research in Maine
The University of Maine and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are conducting collaborative research investigating broad-scale occupancy patterns for mesocarnivore species, such as martens and fishers. During the summer of 2017, trail cameras were set at 120 survey sites spread throughout the northern 2/3 of the state for >2 week deployments. We detected a wide range of carnivore species (from weasel to bear, including marten, fisher, coyote, bobcat and lynx) in multiple habitat types. In winter 2018 we will return to these 120 stations to re-deploy cameras and collect data from the same areas in different seasons.
We are seeking one (1) full-time, limited-term field technician to assist with the winter camera trapping season from January to March 2018. The field work requires extensive use of snowmobiles, hiking with snow shoes in remote areas, and handling bait and commercial scent lure. The technician will be responsible for navigating via GPS unit, deploying camera sites following research protocol, and working independently using their best judgement to obtain quality data. Typically the graduate student and the technician will work as a small team, driving early to access remote locations and snowmobiling for 5+ hours per day, and staying in rudimentary lodging multiple nights each week.
Schedule and pay: The position is based out of Orono, Maine, and we plan to conduct full-time surveys from mid-January to mid-March. THIS IS DEPENDANT ON SNOW CONDITIONS AND WINTER WEATHER AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE. The anticipated schedule is 5-8 day work-weeks with 2-3 days off, based out of Orono, Maine. Over the course of employment this should amount to 40 hours per week for the 8 week position, at $11.13 per hour before taxes. Housing in Orono is not provided by the project, though we may be able to assist with short-term options.
Imperative skills: To be eligible for this position you MUST HAVE experience with winter field work and safe operation of snowmobiles. Previous work specifically with wildlife is not a requirement, and applicants with diverse back country experience are encouraged to apply. All applicants should be physically fit and prepared for extended periods working in extremely cold conditions (regularly dips to single digit Fahrenheit, working form pre-dawn to dark). All applicants must have a demonstrated attention to detail and work ethic for thorough, consistent data collection.
Desired skills: Prior experience navigating with hand held GPS units, deploying trail cameras, and conducting wildlife research. The ability to handle raw meat bait and commercial trapping lure is essential, and previous work with carnivores or a strong interest in the field is desired. This position will benefit from an individual with a positive outlook and patience, who is excited to conduct wildlife field work, and shares a genuine enthusiasm for the splendors and struggles of winter outdoor activity.
Requirements: Must possess a clean driving record and be 18 years of age or older.
Please send your resume or CV and a brief cover letter describing your relevant prior work experience and your motivation to work on this project to Bryn Evans as a single PDF document. Application review will begin as soon as received, last date to apply is October 13th, 2017. The University of Maine is an equal-opportunity employer.
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