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Employer: Montana State University

Location: Glasgow, MT

Employment Duration: Successful applicants can expect employment from approximately March 15 – June 15, 2018. Employment extensions may be possible dependent on need and technician performance.

Compensation:  A salary of $2000 / month will be provided, in addition to free shared research housing.  Work vehicles will be provided for transport between field sites and field housing.  Transportation to and from Glasgow, MT before and after the field season will not be provided.

Job Description:  Three seasonal technicians needed for a study evaluating habitat selection, movements, and demography of greater sage-grouse in scenic northcentral Montana.  Duties will include: assisting with the capture of sage-grouse, conducting radio-telemetry, monitoring nests and broods, and measuring habitat conditions.  These tasks require individuals who are mentally and physically prepared for long days in the field and various environmental adversities. Such adversities could include: night work, challenging backcountry navigation, UV radiation, biting insects, rugged terrain, harsh cold weather, and wild animals. Applicants should have positive attitudes and the ability to remain diligent about repetitive outdoor tasks where focus must be maintained for long periods. We will be consistently immersed in the sagebrush-steppe so some experience with and knowledge of this ecosystem type is beneficial.  Applicants must be comfortable both working in groups and independently. 

Qualifications:  A positive attitude, excellent work ethic, and motivation to contribute to conservation science. Experience handling wild animals, especially large birds, is desirable. Preference will be given to applicants with experience with radio-telemetry and trapping and handling sage-grouse, and applicants with training and experience conducting habitat inventories or vegetation surveys.  Applicants familiar or trained in BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring protocol are highly desirable. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.  Other desirable areas of expertise include:

  • operating four wheel drive vehicles in rugged terrain
  • navigating with GPS receivers, as well as maps and a compass     
  • first aid training and practiced wilderness safety habits
  • exceptional organization and proven data-handling skills   
  • communicating effectively with co-workers to help ensure crew health and project success 

Schedule:  The work schedule will be adaptively managed by the graduate student leading field research. The nature of large scale field work typically necessitates long hours in the field.  Rain and snow may postpone field efforts but working in bouts of inclement weather should be expected. Days off may include a disproportionate amount of rainy or snowy days which may make study area roads impassable.

Application Instructions:  Prepare a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should describe your relevant experience and interest in this position. Resumes should be no more than two pages and should include at least three references. Send these application materials as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to Trapper Haynam at Haynam@yellowstoneresearch.org.


Applications due no later than February 1 and will be reviewed as they are received.