Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

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Under limited supervision, this position performs in multiple projects, responsibilities, and settings for ecology studies of bighorn sheep and mountain goats in the greater Yellowstone area. Responsibilities will primarily include a summer season (early June to late October 2013) of field work including: Perform occupancy surveys involving intensive four day backpacking trips in rugged terrain in all weather conditions. Perform survival and reproduction surveys using VHF telemetry in rugged terrain in all weather conditions. Capture, handle, and process mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Responsible for field work logistics, including obtaining necessary permits and access from state and federal agencies, as well as private land owners. Perform leadership responsibility as co-lead of a crew of 4 people. Assess risk in field settings, including mitigation for working and overnight camping in areas of high bear density. Communicate and interact with wildlife biologists from multiple state, federal, and private agencies, and private land owners. Duties will also include extensive computer work with file and database management, as well as many other miscellaneous duties.


Bachelor’s degree in wildlife or science related field.

Supervisory skills and experience to co-lead a crew of at least three other people and train new crew members

Demonstrated proficiency with personal computers and software, primarily with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Geodatabases, ArcPad, and Program R.

Demonstrated competence maintaining, processing, and verifying data in a Geodatabase with a high degree of accuracy and close attention to detail.

Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a wilderness environment for multiple days at a time while carrying a 40-50 pound backpack across unstable terrain in any weather conditions.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team, as well as independently, and communicate professionally with the public and other land resource agency personnel.

Experience performing occupancy surveys.

Ability to locate physical landmarks on aerial imagery with an accuracy of at least 50 meters.

Experience navigating with GPS, map, and compass.

Experience identifying age and sex classes of bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

Experience with VHF telemetry in areas of rugged topography.

Experience capturing, handling, and processing (collecting biological samples, measurements, and affixing radio collars) large animals.

Keen awareness for bears and other safety risks in the field.

Wilderness survival and first aid abilities.

Valid driver’s license.

The Successful
Candidate Will

The successful candidate will also have the following abilities : to understand and follow instructions, field procedures, and safety protocol; to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and the public in a team-oriented environment; to represent MSU to others in a professional and courteous manner.


In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


Applications must be received by 5:00 pm, April 1, 2013. Any applications received after the deadline may not be reviewed.


To apply, please download the application materials by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application .

The applicant MUST submit an MSU Application along with responses to the required and preferred qualifications. Electronic submissions in Word or PDF are highly preferred but hard copies will be accepted. An original signature on the MSU-Bozeman Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to:

Dr. Robert Garrott Montana State University Ecology Department 310 Lewis Hall P.O. Box 173460 Bozeman, MT 59717-3460 Phone: 406-994-2270 Fax: 406-994-3190

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