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State of Montana Wildlife Technician 4 in Bozeman, Montana

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Please remember to attach the required resume and answers to the supplemental questions listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. This recruitment does not require a state application and the state application will not be considered in place of the required resume. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on September 29, 2020. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.

Supplemental Questions:

  1. Provide examples of when you have led or coordinated a field effort or animal capture operation.

  2. Provide examples where you have worked with local hunters, trappers, and landowners and how your interactions have resulted in positive communication and outcomes.

  3. Provide examples where you have developed or helped implement field survey protocols

  4. Provide examples where you have worked in remote backcountry settings. Provide examples of how if you have, or how you would solve problems in inclement weather conditions.

_Special Information_

Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).

A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.

Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.

_Job Specific Special Information_

This work will occur in severe winter conditions at times including extremely low temperatures, travel on difficult road conditions, and regular use of snowmobiles in difficult terrain. Some on-foot winter travel in rugged snowy terrain will be required (ski or snowshoe), and possibly use of an ATV. The job will also require extensive travel between capture and relocation sites and will require pulling a trailer. Much time will be spent accessing remote locations to obtain captured marten and release them. Some early season work will be in grizzly bear habitat. Work will often be independent for days a time, or in a small group setting.

The job schedule will be dictated by the irregular timing of capture of marten and the need to minimize holding time of the marten prior to release. This will include weekends and holidays over the winter of 2020-21. Work will occur between October 1, 2020 and April 1 2021.

_Job Duties_**

This position will conduct and lead field efforts to transfer approximately 30 marten from FWP Region 3 to the Little Belt Mountains in FWP Region 4 as part of a marten reintroduction project. The work will occur during the winter of 2020-2021. Work will consist primarily of coordinating with, and arranging meetings with private trappers who are functioning as agents of the Department to live-capture marten, coordinating with FWP area biologists, USFS personnel, and some private landowners, trapping, handling, and transporting marten safely to veterinary assessment or release sites, releasing marten into the reintroduction area, and using remote cameras to monitor for the continued presence of marten at the reintroduction site in the Little Belt Mountains near White Sulphur Springs, Montana. Some small mammal trapping to determine prey abundance may be conducted. The ability to fix and repair field equipment, and problem solve in the back country and/or in inclement weather conditions is necessary. This position requires attention to detail and preparation in order to work safely. Organization of field gear and data is important and representing FWP and discussing trapping in a professional manner is essential. Extensive travel during winter conditions will be required between the capture and release sites. Snowmobiles will be used regularly. Housing is available in White Sulphur Springs.

Basic knowledge and understanding of biology, animal ecology, anatomy and population dynamics required. Training in and some ability to conduct surveys and perform radio telemetry is required. Knowledge of the safe collection of blood, tissue, or other samples from animals is preferred. Knowledge of animal handling is preferred. Experience with use of telemetry equipment and GPS units are required. The ability to work without supervision in potentially hazardous conditions is expected. Good organizational and time management skills are needed as well as the ability to accurately collect and record data. Introductory knowledge of computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and database management applications are required. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to work with professional biologists, other staff and the public. Communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. Introductory map reading skills and familiarity with map coordinate systems are required. Applicants must be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle both standard and automatic transmissions.

_Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience)_

The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a minimum of two years of college work towards a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, fish and wildlife management, animal ecology, biology, or a closely related field and related work experience. Combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

May be required to acquire and maintain certification in the capture and handling of wildlife.

Job: *Science

Title: Wildlife Technician 4

Location: Bozeman

Requisition ID: 20142157

Other Locations: White Sulphur Springs

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