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Ecological Research Technician

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WAI is searching for qualified students to work as paid technicians collecting and managing data on ecological research projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) at it's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site. The positions are temporary, full-time for the 2016 summer field season (late May to mid-August) and the anticipated start date is May 31. Pay will range from $11.00 to $14.00/hour, depending on experience. Technicians will report at the beginning and end of each day to our Idaho Falls office, and daily field work will be conducted at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, located 45 miles west of Idaho Falls.


Vegetation data will be collected for two projects during the 2016 summer field season. The first project supports sage grouse habitat monitoring; data collected for this project are used to assess current habitat condition, monitor changes in habitat condition, and measure the effects of vegetation change on habitat availability. The second project supports monitoring long-term vegetation transects; data collection began on this project in 1950 and data are used to monitor spatial and temporal changes in plant communities, as well as to assess potential impacts from fire and non-native species.


Applicants should currently be college students or recent graduates. Preference will be given to students in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, rangeland science, or related natural resources major. Field crews often work in remote areas of the INL Site with limited access, so successful candidates must be mature, responsible, and able to work with a minimum of supervision. Technicians must be comfortable working in harsh field conditions. Must be able to lift objects that weigh up to 50 pounds including a backpack and kneel/squat for extended periods of time. Must be able to hike over rugged terrain. Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance are required. Must be a US citizen.


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