Rangeland and Fisheries Technician

Turner Enterprises, Inc.

Bozeman (w/travel) , Montana

Turner Enterprises, Inc. is a private land management and conservation organization with a mission of managing Turner lands and the surrounding landscapes in an economically sustainable and ecologically sensitive manner while promoting the conservation of native species.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Establishing upland and riparian sampling transects
  • Delineating wetlands
  • Identifying flora throughout varying ecological communities across Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, and New Mexico- including rare and invasive species.
  • Identifying and describing soil types
  • Collecting qualitative and quantitative vegetation data (including range condition, species density, diversity, frequency, photo points, woody browse, etc.)
  • GIS mapping and monitoring of rare plant populations and invasive species infestations

When not conducting rangeland sampling, successful applicant will work with a small team of biological technicians completing additional natural resource work.

Secondary responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with stream electrofishing population surveys
  • Removing non-native fish
  • Assessing aquatic habitat
  • Restoring native species
  • Surveying amphibian species
  • Completing aquatic and riparian habitat improvement projects

This position offers the opportunity to gain diverse and valuable field experience throughout many unique ecosystems while enhancing and expanding existing knowledge across several fields of conservation and land management.

Qualifications: Qualifications preferred for this position include a B.S. in rangeland ecology, botany, or a closely related field. Applicants with applicable work experience, who are also working towards a degree, will also be considered. Experience with vegetation surveys and plant identification in short and mixed grass prairies, southwestern desert, and sage-steppe plant communities is preferred. Applicants must be willing to work and hike for long hours in varying temperature extremes and must be willing to travel around 50% of the time. Aspects of this position will be physically demanding and require that the applicant be able to lift and hike with a 35+ lbs. pack. Experience with GPS and ArcMap software desirable. Additional experience in riparian and aquatic surveys, non-native fish removal, and the use of electrofishing equipment is beneficial but not required.

Salary: Hourly rate is based on experience ($13-$15) with paid overtime. Lodging and meals will be provided when traveling for extended periods (this may include tent camping).


To apply, please provide the following components in a single document as either a .pdf or .doc file format to Grace.Ray@retranches.com

1) Cover letter detailing interest and previous applicable experience,

2) Resume,

3) Contact information for at least 3 references, and

4) Unofficial college transcripts.

Applications will be reviewed as received and interviews may begin prior to closing date. The tentative start date for this position will be 05/14/2018 (subject to change and is somewhat flexible). Thank you for your interest!

Contact Person:   Grace Ray

Contact Phone:    (406)-556-8518

Contact Email:      Grace.Ray@retranches.com

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