Westaff is seeking several Wildlife Field Technicians across the state of MT!!
Term: October 11th – December 2nd
Schedule: 40 hrs/week, varies dependent on location
Duties of a Chronic Wasting Disease Technician:
- Work under the direction of the CWD Regional Coordinator to operate hunter and regional office check stations to collect biological samples from hunter-harvested and road-killed animals to assist with FWP’s 2022 CWD surveillance and monitoring efforts.
- The CWD technician will mainly be responsible for safely and properly collecting biological samples, recording accurate field data, properly labeling and maintaining accountability of all samples, entering sample data into a database, organizing and packaging samples, and submitting them in a timely manner to the appropriate testing facility.
- The CWD technician will also provide technical assistance to the CWD Surveillance Project, including assembling CWD sampling kits, maintaining accountability and inventories of equipment and check station supplies, and make trips to regional dumps to dispose of deer carcass parts as needed.
- The technician will also assist with the distribution of CWD-related educational materials to various groups/locations, assist with educational outreach with hunters and members of the public, as well as perform other duties as needed.
- Work will involve field, laboratory, and office activities that require adaptations and re-organization of work schedules, travel, and lifting heavy objects.
- The work schedule may be variable from week to week, at times demanding long hours (e.g. 10-12 hour shifts), extensive travel to and from check station locations often under poor weather conditions, and up to 10% overnight travel.
- Working conditions contain hazards and require a commitment to exercise caution and follow rigorous protocols to ensure safety.
- Exposure to potentially harmful biological and chemical agents and offensive sights and smells are routine.
- Occasional exposure to outdoor hazards such as severe weather, work along roadways, and heavy lifting of dead animals is expected.
- The CWD Technician will be expected to communicate with a wide variety of individuals including the Regional coordinator, sportsmen/women, taxidermists, processors, landowners, professional biologists, wardens, personnel from other state and federal agencies and professional scientists from laboratories conducting testing procedures for the Wildlife Health Program.
- The technician must be knowledgeable on CWD and the agency’s plan for surveillance and management and be able to effectively communicate with FWP staff and the public.
- The frequency of contacts varies but some type of public contact is engaged in on a daily basis.
- Weekly pay!
- Benefits offered
- Amazing state opportunity
Available locations include: Kalispell, Libby, Darby, Bozeman, Helena, Butte, Dillon, Silver Star, Livingston, Great Falls, Shelby, Chester, Grass Range, Billings, Laurel, Lavina, Columbus, Havre, Malta, Miles City and Hysham.
Apply today for IMMEDIATE consideration for our Wildlife Field Technician positions!
Military & Veterans encouraged to apply