Utah State University

Great Salt Lake Pelican Capture Technician

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(2/8/2023 5:41 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
20-40 Hours per week
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Ecology Center
Advertised Salary
$12.00 per hour
Telework Eligible


Two (2) field technicians are needed to assist with American White Pelican captures for GPS transmitter deployment around the Great Salt Lake from 06/01/2023 to 08/31/2023 (start and end date negotiable). One technician will be hired through Utah State University (USU) and the second hired through the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). Both positions will work together with USU and UDWR employees. 


Most pelican captures and related fieldwork will occur in Great Salt Lake peripheral wetlands, including but not limited to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area, and Farmington bay Wildlife Management Area. The job will consist of long days (8-12 hours or more), three days/week for trapping. Schedule is subject to change based on weather and pelican location, but will ideally consist of three consecutive days on and four off. Minimal additional work hours for equipment maintenance and prep as needed. 


Work hours will be spent driving to capture locations, setting up capture equipment (soft-catch foothold traps and/or net launchers), boating (non-motorized and motorized watercraft) in shallow ponds and wetlands, monitoring pelican proximity to traps, and trap cleanup. Terrain often consists of hardpack and soft mud, wetland vegetation, and knee to hip-deep standing water. Opportunities may be available to handle adult pelicans with supervision for GPS transmitter deployment and banding procedures, or to assist with additional UDWR projects. 


Required qualifications:

  • Possess a valid US driver’s license
  • Accurately follow verbal and written instructions
  • Accurately follow health and safety protocols
  • Feel comfortable handling large birds with proper training and supervision

Preferred qualifications:

  • Interest in waterbird or general avian ecology
  • Experience piloting canoes/kayaks
  • Experience working on a team and training others with less experience
  • Can use a spotting scope or binoculars
  • Success working in wet, hot, and/or muddy conditions
  • Experience safely handling wildlife with or without supervision

Housing is not provided and local applicants (Logan, Ogden, and greater Salt Lake City area) are encouraged.


For questions, contact aimee.van.tatenhove@usu.edu or adambrewerton@utah.gov with the email subject line “USU-UDWR Pelican Technician”.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV outlining relevant qualifications 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


This position requires moderate physical activity. Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including moderate lifting (up to 50 pounds), walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, and squatting. This position requires nearly continuous standing, repetitive hand motions, and reaching overhead. Employees may be exposed to unusual elements including extreme temperatures, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@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


*updated 04/18/2022


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