Temporary Field Research Technician (Lindberg Black Brant/Ptarmigan, (JOB19-15)

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Classification:Temporary Technical Seasonal
Grade:Temporary Staff Grade 74
Work type:Temporary
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Institute of Arctic Biology
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute of Arctic Biology (IAB) is seeking temporary field research technicians to work on 2 separate studies. Rock Ptarmigan in Interior Alaska. We need 4 technicians to assist with the study of the reproductive ecology of Rock Ptarmigan in interior Alaska. This study will start in late April and continue through early August at 2 different sites; Eagle Summit along the Steese Highway and the eastern Denali Highway. Although these sites are along highways, they are still remote sites where field assistants will be camping all summer with limited access to modern amenities. Duties include trapping and marking ptarmigan, monitoring nest and brood survival, radio tracking, data entry, and assistance with camp maintenance. Willingness and ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and ATVs are expected. Ability to operate snow machines and firearms is preferred. Work includes walking long distances in mountain terrain often under adverse conditions. Technicians will be assisting an MS student in the second of a 3-year study. Black Brant Study of population dynamics. We are seeking 4-5 technicians for a second project on the Yukon Delta of Alaska with a focus on a study of the population dynamics of Black Brant. This project will run from early April until late July. This will be the 36th season for this long-term project. Primary duties include searching for and monitoring nests of brant and other birds, reading tags of marked brant, capturing and marking brant, data entry, and helping with camp operations. Ability to operate snow machines, boats, and firearms is preferred. This site is on the coast of the Bering Sea and technicians will frequently be working in adverse conditions and walking long distances in waders on mud flats and in coastal vegetation with marine weather (e.g., rain and wind). There may be opportunities for appointments to extend to year-round either as a technician or possibly as a graduate student.


20Ptarmigan Technician Operate motorized equipment (ATV, vehicle, boats, snow machines) associated with camp operations and complete camp chores. Essential Black Brant Technician Operate motorized equipment (ATV, vehicle, boats, snow machines) associated with camp operations and complete camp chores. EssentialEssential
80Ptarmigan Technician Conducted studies of breeding ptarmigan or breeding waterfowl including capture and marking birds, nest searching and monitoring nest fate, radio tracking, and accurate data collection and entry. Essential Black Brant Technician 80% Conducted studies of breeding ptarmigan or breeding waterfowl including capture and marking birds, nest searching and monitoring nest fate, radio tracking, and accurate data collection and entry. EssentialEssential


Ability to act professionally and be respectful of co-workers and members of the public from diverse cultures. Knowledge of how to collect and maintain detailed field
data for use in science and monitoring. Demonstrate the ability to learn new skills and help co-workers learn new skills. Ability and fitness to negotiate and perform work
in difficult conditions, including backcountry travel. Willing to work long hours in these conditions. Must have the ability to be comfortable living without internet,
television, email, or cellular phone service for more than three months at a time.
Applicants must demonstrate they have experience conducive to thriving in a remote field camp for more than three months: this can be demonstrated by previous research experience in remote field camps, extensive guiding experience (e.g.; hunting, mountaineering, etc), and/or extensive foreign travel in less-developed countries OR an equivalent combination of training and experience that demonstrate the capability to live without the amenities of daily life for several months. 
Experience operating ATV and use of firearms (PREFERRED)
Bird handling experience, including net extraction, banding, and taking morphological measurements (PREFERRED
Interest in ecology, wildlife management, and conservation, and environmental sciences (PREFERRED)
The minimum, a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
Bachelors Degree in Ecology, Wildlife Management, or Environmental Science (PREFERRED)
First aid training (PREFERRED)
Application Materials:
Please upload a cover letter with the subject referencing which project you are interested in working on.
A current resume, and contact information for 3 professional references with your application material.
Review Date: 21 January 2019, at 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time
To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.
The starting rate of Pay: $14.37 per hour (Temp Grade 00_74) higher pay can be considered depending upon experience. 

If you have additional questions contact Mark Lindberg; mslindberg@alaska.edu (preferred) or 907-460-8040.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

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