Here is a chance to work with the Nez Perce Tribe’s Gray Wolf Project for the summer. It’s is very physical work, and if you have college work in wildlife biology and capturing and immobilizing animals, that will be a real plus for your application. And, no they don’t tell you need to be prepared to be eaten by wolves. Before I editorialize too much, here is the job annoucement.
NEZ PERCE TRIBE
GRAY WOLF PROJECT
The Nez Perce Tribe is seeking volunteers to assist on the Idaho Gray Wolf Project for the 2007 field season. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable field experience while working in rugged and beautiful Idaho.
Work Environment: Work is conducted throughout the Nez Perce Tribe’s (Tribe) area of responsibility within the Central Idaho Experimental Population Area of Idaho, including front country (road accessible) and back country (remote and Wilderness) areas. This is a physically demanding position; extreme climate and terrain will be encountered. Volunteers may be required to carry up to 80 lbs. for varying distances over trail and cross-country conditions. Accommodations vary from cabins to back country houses to tent camping depending upon the locations of wolves and logistics. Travel is mostly by 4-wheel drive pick-up truck, ATV, fixed-wing aircraft, and foot.
Work Schedule: Typically 10 days on/4 days off, though work may extend beyond the 10 days depending upon conditions, Project needs, and logistics.
Duration: Expected approximately late May through September, but may be shorter depending upon access, workload, volunteer availability, and Project funding. Preference will be given to qualified applicants able to commit for extended periods of time.
Compensation: Field stipend of $17/day while on duty. Includes transportation while on duty. Housing (travel trailers, USFS accommodations, and bunkhouse-style quarters) is available for non-duty days. Volunteers are covered under the Tribal Workmen’s Compensation program.
Primary Duties: 1) assist in locating, via ground and aerial telemetry, potential breeding packs/pairs of wolves to determine reproductive status, 2) assist in obtaining accurate counts of wolf pups at home sites, 3) assist in documenting locations of wolf home sites, 4) assist in collecting scientific data on the ecology of wolves in Idaho, 5) assist in capturing, processing/handling, and radio collaring wolves, and 6) other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: 1) documented experience backpacking and camping for extended periods of time in remote settings, 2) proficiency with orienteering (use of map and compass for navigating) required, 3) good physical condition, 4) must hold valid driver’s license and be insurable under the Tribe’s insurance policy, 5) must be willing to comply with the Tribe’s drug and alcohol policy, 6) possess the ability to get along with others in back country settings for 10-day + time periods, 7) possess the ability to communicate verbally with interested and affected publics, (8) completion of, or enrollment in college/university Wildlife, or related, curriculum preferred, 9) radio telemetry experience preferred, 10) capture, immobilizing, and handling/processing experience with wild animals preferred, and 11) experience flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters preferred.
Application Period: Applications will be accepted from March 15, 2007 until March 31, 2007. Applications must be received at Gray Wolf Recovery Project office no later March 31, 2007.
How to Apply: Submit a cover letter expressing interest in the Project, and resume detailing educational and employment backgrounds, along with the name and contact information of 3 work-related references. Send application materials to:
Nez Perce Tribe Gray Wolf Project
Attn: Volunteer Program
P.O. Box 1922
McCall, ID 83638
Telephone: (208) 634-1061
Fax: (208) 634-3231