Utah State University

Cougar Kill Site and Capture Technician-Utah

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Posted Date 5 days ago(10/15/2020 7:20 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Wildland Resources
Advertised Salary
$15.62 per hour - housing and work vehicle included


Utah State University is seeking one technician to assist in fieldwork for a graduate research project focused on the effects of black bear scavenging on mountain lion kill rate and prey selection. This is a multi-year collaborative study between Utah State University, Utah Department of Wildlife Resources, and the USDA-National Wildlife Research Center.


Technicians will work at three field sites in Utah (Cache, Book Cliffs, and Central-Manti Mountains). The primary responsibility will be to rapidly identify and visit potential kill-site clusters from GPS-collared mountain lions in the study units. Technicians will identify prey items, look for evidence of scavenging, set trail cameras at carcasses, and manage resulting photo and video data. Additional field work related to the study (such as retrieving dropped collars, assessing mortality events for collared cougars or bears, visiting collared elk and deer mortalities within the study site, or using VHF telemetry to locate missing cougar collars) is likely. Housing will be provided in camper trailers within each field site. Technicians will be provided with a field truck, ATV, and snowmobile to complete essential duties.


  • Rapidly identify and visit potential kill-site clusters from GPS-collared mountain lions in the assigned study unit.
  • Drive university trucks and ATVs to perform job responsibilities. 
  • Manage the cluster investigation dataset for each mountain lion.
  • Technicians will identify prey items at kill sites. 
  • Look for evidence of scavenging.
  • Set trail cameras at carcasses.
  • Manage the resulting photo and video data.
  • Additional fieldwork related to the study includes retrieving dropped collars, assessing mortality events for collared cougars or bears, visiting collared elk and deer mortalities within the study site, and using VHF telemetry to locate missing cougar collars. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Valid drivers's licence to drive university trucks and ATVs to perform job responsibilities. 
  • Ablility to problem-solve independently to ensure the fieldwork is completed efficiently and safely.
  • Technicians must be aware of their surroundings and be comfortable hiking alone in mountains where bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and other wildlife species are present.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in your profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$15.62 per hour - housing and work vehicle included


Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Incumbents should expect to spend long days hiking alone in mountainous terrain (6,000- 10,000 feet of elevation) to access kill sites in addition to performing solo fieldwork in adverse conditions (such as heat or cold, challenging terrain, and remote locations). Indoor or outdoor work environments may include being confined or in narrow spaces for periods of time. The incumbent may also be exposed to loud noises or vibrations from equipment, and conditions that may affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation. Bending, crawling, and crouching may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift, push, and/or pull objects and be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time. 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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