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NAU Small Mammal Research Technicians

Small Mammal Research Technicians

CLOSING DATE: March 1st, 2017

DEPARTMENT: Northern Arizona University

JOB TYPE: Full Time/Temporary

SALARY: $14 – $16 / Per Hour (depending on experience)

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Research technicians (up to 10) needed for a project studying the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse in riparian areas located within the Apache-Sitgreaves, Santa Fe, and Lincoln National Forests in the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.  Successful applicants will work as part of a team to determine population status and habitat requirements for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. During the summer, we will be trapping small mammals with Sherman traps, processing animals, using track plates, and measuring environmental variables. The research takes place in remote areas and technicians will be camping while out in the field for approximately 4-5 days at a time. While camping and in the field (most of the time), technicians will be provided $25 per diem to cover food expenses and are reimbursed for use of a personal 4WD vehicle while working.  Office duties may include data entry, maintenance of sampling gear, and travel preparations. The field season is expected to run from June to early September.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To be considered for these positions, you MUST have extensive camping experience, preferably at high elevations (>8000 feet), be able to navigate across difficult trail-less terrain, be comfortable working and camping in remote areas, be able to spend several hours in waders walking through fast-moving streams, be comfortable and safe driving 4WD vehicles, and have a passion for conducting field research.

Applicants should be motivated, have the ability to work well independently and with others, be able to hike with heavy equipment in rough terrain, and under adverse weather conditions.  The ideal candidate will have trapping and handling experience with small mammals, experience with track plates, familiarity with fauna and flora of the region, and the ability to navigate to sampling locations using map, compass, and a GPS.

Carol Chambers
E-mail:  Carol.Chambers@nau.edu

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NAU Small Mammal Field Crew Leader

Small Mammal Field Crew Leader

CLOSING DATE: March 1st, 2017

DEPARTMENT: Northern Arizona University

JOB TYPE: Full Time/Temporary

SALARY: $16 – $19 / Per Hour (depending on experience)

POSITION OVERVIEW:

A small mammal crew leader position is needed for a project studying the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse in riparian areas located within the Apache-Sitgreaves, Santa Fe, and Lincoln National Forests in the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico. The successful applicant will work as part of a team to determine population status, habitat requirements, and home range for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. The crew leader will be supervising up to 10 field technicians and be responsible for weekly and daily field logistics. This position also requires coordinating with federal and state agencies on a regular basis.

During the summer, we will be trapping small mammals with Sherman traps, processing animals, using track plates, and measuring habitat and environmental variables. The research takes place in remote areas and we will be camping while in the field for approximately 4-5 days at a time. While in the field (most of the time) per diem ($25/day) will be provided as well as reimbursement for use of a personal 4WD vehicle while working.  Office duties may include data entry, maintenance of sampling gear, and travel preparations. The field season is expected to run from June to late August or early September.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To be considered for this position, you MUST have experience leading field crews, extensive experience trapping, handling, and identifying small mammals, camping experience (preferred experience camping at elevations >8000 feet), be able to navigate across difficult trail-less terrain, be comfortable working and camping in remote areas, be comfortable and safe driving 4WD vehicles, be able to spend several hours in waders walking through fast-moving streams, and have a passion for conducting field research.

Applicants should be motivated, have the ability to work well independently and with others, be able to hike with heavy equipment in rough terrain, and under adverse weather conditions.  The ideal candidate will have trapping and handling experience with small mammals, supervisor experience, proficiency with track plates, familiarity with fauna and flora of the region, experience in vegetation sampling, ability to navigate to sampling locations using map and a GPS, and have CPR and first aid certification. Preference will be given to applicants with a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences, wildlife, or closely related field.

Carol Chambers
E-mail:  Carol.Chambers@nau.edu

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NAU Field Botanist

Field Botanist

CLOSING DATE: March 1st, 2017

DEPARTMENT: Northern Arizona University

JOB TYPE: Full Time/Temporary

SALARY: $17 – $20 / Per Hour (depending on experience)

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Field Botanist needed for a project studying the habitat of the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse in riparian areas within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Santa Fe, and Lincoln National Forests in the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.  The successful applicant will work as part of a team to determine habitat and environmental requirements for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Duties include collection of detailed vegetation data at known and randomly-selected New Mexico meadow jumping mouse riparian sites. The research takes place in remote areas and involves camping while out in the field for approximately 4-5 days at a time. While camping and in the field (most of the time), the botanist will be provided $25 per diem to cover food expenses and are reimbursed for use of a personal 4WD vehicle while working.  Office duties may include data entry, maintenance of sampling gear, and travel preparations. The field season is expected to run from mid-June to late August.

This position requires camping at high elevations (>8000 feet), navigating across difficult trail-less terrain, working and camping in remote areas, and spending several hours in waders walking through fast-moving streams. Applicants should be prepared physically and have the appropriate clothing and gear to work and camp in these environments.

The Field Botanist position is expected to know or quickly learn the flora of southwestern riparian areas to maximize data collection quality and efficiency.  Methods will include collecting species composition, richness, cover, and presence and absence data at the species level.  Additional data collection may include estimating functional group percent cover on vegetation quadrats, and also using other tools such as Robel poles or estimating height of vegetation, and densiometers for estimating tree canopy cover.  The botanist may be asked to lead vegetation field crews and ensure the efficient and safe collection of high-quality data with limited direct daily supervision.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Prior experience in plant community measurements and plant identification, preferably in the western United States and in riparian vegetation.  Experience in keying plants or a taxonomy course. Experience leading field research crews. GPS and field navigational skills. Safe driving 4WD vehicles. CPR and wilderness first aid/WFR training is desirable.

 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references (formatted as a single PDF document) to the contact below.

Carol Chambers
E-mail:  Carol.Chambers@nau.edu

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