Field Tech-Big Game Density Estimation and Habitat Selection

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $16.04/hr + housing
Deadline May 30, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Location: San Andres National Wildlife Refuge, White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss

Job Category: Term Position (1 year term position; may be extended or renewed pending funding)

Start Date: July 1 (Somewhat negotiable)

Job Description:

Selected employees will assist field staff with a collaborative study on habitat use and abundance estimation of big game populations (mule deer, pronghorn, oryx, desert bighorn sheep and barbary sheep) being conducted in southern New Mexico by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Defense, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico and US Geological Survey. The overarching goal of the study is to predict potential changes in distribution ranges and abundance of big game populations in response to predicted changes in climatic conditions. The study area includes San Andres National Wildlife Refuge, White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss.

Employees will assist project staff with establishing and maintaining remote camera arrays, data entry, data management and image classification. Responsibilities are subject to change depending on time of year, but primarily involve:

  • Set up and maintain remote camera arrays (~70%)
  • Data entry and management (~10%)
  • Image classification (~20%)

Other related duties as assigned (For example, some animals will have GPS collars with data requiring organization, or collars retrieved etc.)

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Preference will be given to individuals with previous experience operating 4WD vehicles, trailering and operating UTVs, working in the backcountry, and a strong background working with wildlife trail cameras. Applicants should have a strong interest in wildlife ecology and management and should be highly motivated with the ability to work both individually and as a team. Positions are physically demanding, and individuals must be willing to work irregular hours (e.g., holidays, weekends, early and late mornings/evenings). Employees should be physically comfortable with performing fieldwork in inclement weather and under strenuous conditions (hot, arid) in a mountainous desert ecosystem with the potential to confront venomous animals. Technicians MUST be detail-oriented, have a positive disposition, responsibly operate and maintain all field equipment, have reliable communication skills, and be able to write legibly. Technicians should be comfortable navigating to and from GPS coordinates in rugged terrain.


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Also send a single pdf document containing:

1) cover letter--including available start date

2) resume/CV

3) contact information for three references to jwcain@nmsu.edu

Salary: $16.04/hour for 40 hrs a week + Housing (provided at San Andres National Wildlife Refuge).

Last Date to Apply: May 30, 2024

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Category Wildlife