Utah State University

Field Technician

City Other
Posted Date 3 months ago(1/10/2024 5:14 PM)
Requisition ID
2024-7395
# of Openings
7
Job Locations
US-UT
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Non-Benefited
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
Schedule may vary, up to 30 hours per week
College
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Department
Wildland Resources
Advertised Salary
$16.00 per hour
Telework Eligible
No

Overview

The Rangeland-Wildlife Extension lab in the Wildland Resources Department at Utah State University (USU) is seeking applicants for wildlife technicians to work on a research project in Northwestern Utah and South-Central Idaho on sage-grouse, sagebrush obligate passerines, and pinyon jays. The overarching theme of this project is the response of the above species of concern to sagebrush conservation and management actions.

  • Technicians will be advised by three graduate students working on the project (2 PhD students and one MS student). Technicians will have the ability to start working on the project this spring and continue during the summer months.
  • Field work will take place in the remote areas of extreme northwestern Utah and south-central Idaho. Housing during the field season will be provided and will likely include bunk-style housing and a mobile travel trailer. Field trucks, UTVs, and ATVs will be provided.
  • Hours will vary based on the work being performed. Our employees typically work an average of 40 hours per week, with some days consisting of 8-hour shifts while others are shorter.
    • Mandatory one-week break for all employees during the first week of July. (Depending on start date, employees will work from either March to August or May to August.)

Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to: trapping sage-grouse at night and attaching GPS radio transmitters to sage-grouse, sage-grouse brood surveys, vegetation surveys, passerine surveys, pinyon jay surveys, and trapping and deploying GPS transmitters on pinyon jays. Both teamwork and the ability to work independently will be needed. It is essential that applicants can work and live side-by-side with co-workers, as well as work independently and as part of a team.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Driver’s License to perform essential job functions
  • Demonstrated communication skills in English (written and oral)
  • Ability to conduct field work in extreme climatic conditions, both hot and cold weather.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive long distances for field work, use 4-wheel-drive vehicles, and use UTV/ATVs safely
  • Ability to spend multiple nights in a primitive camping setting
 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with terrestrial ecology and avian field work
  • Experience working in remote areas independently
  • Experience in Plant Identification
  • Experience in Rangeland Monitoring
  • Bird dog ownership/handling experience would be beneficial
  • Experience with bird ID through plumage and call characteristics

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

 

  1. Resume 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

$16.00 per hour

ADA

The environment and physical requirements may change depending on the specific function of the work performed. 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 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. This position requires moderate physical activity, bending, crawling, and crouching may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift, push, and/or pull objects up to 45 pounds and be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time.  

College/Department Highlights

The S. J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources is nationally and internationally recognized for its research, extension, and teaching on natural and socio-environmental ecosystems. It is a high-impact college at Utah State University with over $15M in research funding annually, 55 tenure-track faculty in three departments, and close partnerships with federal and state natural resource agencies.  

  

The Department of Wildland Resources in QCNR encompasses research in applied terrestrial ecology, including the ecology and management of wildlife, forests, rangelands, conservation biology, and climate change adaptation.  Award-winning faculty teach courses that prepare students for professional careers in many natural resources fields, including programs accredited by the Society of American Foresters and the Society for Range Management and aligned with the Society of Ecological Restoration. 

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.

 

Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 

 

The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 

 

About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 

 

*updated 04/2024

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, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

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

*updated 09/2023

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