Utah State University

Field Technician

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(6/24/2021 11:12 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
30-40 per hour
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Wildland Resources
Advertised Salary
$12.00 per hour


This position is for Temporary Field Technician in the Henry Mountains desert foothills, for approximately one or more months of work in August and September. It is for a research project focusing on rangeland ecology, specifically, the effects of herbivores on plant communities in rangelands that are heavily managed for livestock production. This work is in collaboration with Utah State University and the Bureau of Land Management.


Primary responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct transect spotlight surveys after dark
  • Transect quadrat surveys during the day in order to assess the lagomorph populations in the area
  • Careful recording and organization of data on datasheets and/or tablets
  • Care and maintenance of field equipment
  • Assisting with grazing exclosure inspection and camera rotations
  • Sample collections (scat, soil, and plants)



  • Interest in wildlife ecology, conservation, or related field.
  • Enthusiasm for watching cute/cool animals for extended periods at a time.
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to hike long days in high heat
  • Excellent physical fitness and ability to carry a heavy pack (50 lbs).
  • Familiar with navigation by maps, compass, and GPS.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, sometimes in the summer heat and/or
    inclement weather.
  • Ability to work well in a small team in remote settings without reliable access to cell
    service (you will not be able to check in frequently, though accommodations will be made daily to do so).
  • Organized, detail-oriented, strong work ethic, and evidence of independent problem-
    solving/troubleshooting ability.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and a growth mindset about project setbacks
    and/or physical exertion and discomfort.
  • Experience in outdoor leadership and/or backcountry travel, including leave-no-trace
    camping ethics.



  • Completed or near completion of a Bachelor's degree in wildlife ecology or related field.
  • Hiking and backpacking experience.
  • Experience collecting data.
  • Experience identifying Utah desert plant species.
  • Knowledge of and experience with wilderness first aid techniques.
  • Exceptional listener and communicator who effectively conveys information verbally and in writing.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple projects.
  • Ability to adapt to changing conditions or work assignments.
  • Excellent interpersonal abilities.
  • Cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings.
  • Team player who excels at building trusting relationships with customers and co-workers.
  • Productive worker with solid work ethic who exerts effort in successfully completing tasks.
  • Dependable, responsible contributor committed to excellence and success.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to learn new skills or techniques.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate 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

$12.00 per hour


The environment and physical requirements may change depending on the specific function of the work each department performs. Incumbents may be in both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoors, in an office space, event space, or public space are protected from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes. Incumbents may nearly continuously sit and often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing).


Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Additionally, 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 up to 50 pounds 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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 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 114 undergraduate majors, 132 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 visit https://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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