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Ungulate Wildlife Biologist

White Buffalo Inc.

Flexible, Remote

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Commensurate with experience
Deadline Jun 01, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

About the Organization

White Buffalo Inc. (WBI; https://www.whitebuffaloinc.org/ ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on the conservation of native species and ecosystems. We conduct, sponsor and support scientific research and educational efforts to improve the management of natural resources for the purpose of conservation. Our approach is unique, in that we generate funding for conservation research by providing management alternatives in non-traditional settings. We have spent more than 25 years committed to improving both the techniques and technology of ungulate management, leading to safer, more humane, and efficient practices. We believe in sharing our findings with fellow professionals and others passionate about ecosystem management. 

Purpose of the Role

White Buffalo Inc. is seeking a Wildlife Biologist to serve as a field-based member of the WBI team for ungulate (e.g., various deer species and wild pigs) population management and research programs. This position will play a key role in pursuing White Buffalo’s mission by providing field-based support and implementation of population control and eradication projects. White Buffalo focuses on both lethal and nonlethal control of native and non-native ungulates, with additional opportunities for other species. 

Necessary Attributes for Position

The position requires a strong commitment to White Buffalo’s mission and impeccable integrity. The ability to be a positive member of a small, highly motivated team in the face of demanding field conditions, long hours, and months away from home each year is critical. Attention to detail and the ability to track multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing quality is essential. One of the most important aspects of WBI projects is the ability to foster and maintain strong relationships with a diverse array of project stakeholders. Thus, a demonstrated ability to work effectively with local partners, by providing clear and frequent communication in support of positive relationships is necessary. 

Responsibilities

The Wildlife Biologist will function as an integral member of a small team consisting of administrators, biologists, veterinarians, and technicians. This person will be responsible for the successful implementation of projects, will have direct field work responsibilities, and will be expected to maintain strong working relationships with local partners. This position requires extensive travel for several months/year with limited time off during the primary field season which generally lasts from September to April. The majority of projects will be located within the United States, with a smaller number of international projects occurring each year. This position requires extended travel to remote field locations in cold northern and hot jungle environments and a willingness to live and work in sometimes rustic conditions with few amenities. Frequent night work and a variable schedule depending on weather and seasonal conditions is the norm. A large portion of daily duties includes intensive field labor such as baiting, site prep, trap management, net hanging, and camera data analysis, to name a few.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. in Wildlife science or a related field.
  • Experience hunting and/or safely using firearms.
  • Work experience in conservation or wildlife management related projects involving multiple partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to always maintain a professional attitude while working with WBI staff and members of other organizations who may have varying missions, opinions, and personalities.
  • Applicants must be physically fit, maintaining an ability to perform efficiently under physically demanding conditions, including lifting heavy objects, walking variable terrain while carrying a backpack as well as safely climbing trees and working from tree stands. 
  • Able to live harmoniously in small group settings and in remote field camps. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity, approachability, and willingness to listen to internal and external constituents and to learn from their best ideas.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, ability to solve problems with limited supervision, pay extreme attention to details, and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness and ability to spend significant time in the field away from home. Individual field deployments can run from 1 to 16 weeks or longer. We expect that the successful candidate will be away from home several months per year or longer.
  • Willingness to have a highly flexible annual work schedule that comes with contract-dependent work.
  • Strong mechanical and technical troubleshooting abilities. 
  • Familiarity with the safe operation of various hand and power tools.
  • Experience operating 4WD trucks, ATVs, and boats.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in wildlife population control and/or eradication including baiting, capture, and camera surveys
  • Experience with wildlife capture
  • Experience with GPS and GIS applications
  • Vet tech experience
  • Dog handling experience

This is a full-time position, but we note that our "full-time" Wildlife Biologists have several months off each year and choose to take time off or work other jobs during the off season. We also note that the successful candidate has the flexibility to live in the U.S. state of their choosing during the off season. This is a full-time position; the extension of this position will be contingent upon successful performance within an annual probationary period and project funding. That said, our goal is to have the successful candidate become a long-term member of our team. Compensation, including health care and retirement programs, is competitive and will be based upon the applicant’s work and educational experience. Travel and living costs will be covered during field deployments.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a current resume and a 1-page cover letter highlighting experience with firearms, wildlife biology and/or conservation experience, technical field skills and other applicable experience. Also, discuss lifestyle compatibility with long field seasons that require extended travel, along with long-term career goals. Provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three (3) professional references. Please direct inquiries or application packages to Dr. Jason Boulanger via email only: jason.boulanger@whitebuffaloinc.org. Use “Ungulate WB 2024” and your last name in the email subject line and send documents in Microsoft Word or .pdf format.

Deadline to apply is June 1, 2024

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Category Wildlife
Tags GIS