We are seeking professional volunteers to assist with the Montana Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Program. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable field experience and references, while working in the rugged and beautiful Montana Rocky Mountains. Montana is home to a wide diversity of large vertebrates including elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, white-tailed deer, black bear, grizzly bear, and mountain lions.
Work is conducted throughout western Montana. This is a physically challenging position, and extreme climate and terrain will be encountered. Volunteers need to be in good physical shape to accomplish various tasks such as carrying heavy loads and hiking/backpacking long distances in mountainous environments. Accommodations are ephemeral and vary from trailers to bunkhouses to tent camping throughout Western Montana. At times volunteers camp near livestock to monitor wolf activity. Volunteers must have their own backpacking and camping equipment. Travel is mostly by 4-wheel drive, mountain bike, and foot. These positions require a lot of driving both to work areas and while surveying or monitoring. Volunteers must possess both the ability and desire to live and work, in remote mountain conditions, long days and long hitches. The fieldwork is dynamic and changes often as work needs and situations arise.
Highly variable, but hitches are loosely based on 10 days on/4 days off. Schedules are based around ever changing field efforts and logistics.
June–September, but may vary depending upon conditions, volunteer availability, and project funding. Ideally volunteers are available for all or most of the field season.
Groceries and related supplies are provided. Housing (travel trailers and/or USFS bunkhouse) may be available for off days. Volunteers are covered under Worker's Compensation
Conduct wolf surveys. Surveys include driving, biking, and hiking on roads and trails, and howling in suspected wolf areas to document presence and numbers. Monitor wolf activities in livestock areas and associated hazing or harassing wolves. May assist with capture and radio collaring wolves, conduct reproductive surveys, locate and collect data from wolf home sites. In general duties vary widely from vehicle maintenance to teamwork to survey work to livestock conflict management and much more
These qualifications are ABSOLUTELY necessary, because of the remote and independent nature of the fieldwork in potentially difficult climate and topography:
The following skills and abilities are also helpful:
The application period is FEBRUARY THROUGH MARCH 15 for a field season that runs from May through September.
The following information is requried to apply for this position:
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