Wildlife Field Technicians

Columbus, MT

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Description

Westaff is seeking several Wildlife Field Technicians across the state of MT!!

Term: October 11th – December 2nd

Schedule: 40 hrs/week, varies depending on location

Pay: $16.57/hr

Duties of a Chronic Wasting Disease Technician:

  • Collect biological samples from hunter-harvested and road-killed animals to assist with surveillance and monitoring efforts
  • Record accurate field data
  • Label and maintaining accountability of all samples
  • Enter sample data into a database
  • Organize and package samples
  • Submitting samples in a timely manner to the appropriate testing facility
  • Assemble CWD sampling kits
  • Maintain accountability and inventories of equipment and check station supplies
  • Make trips to regional dumps to dispose of deer carcass parts as needed
  • Assist with the distribution of CWD-related educational materials to various groups/locations
  • Assist with educational outreach with hunters and members of the public
  • Perform other duties as needed

Qualifications:

  • Experience with accurately collecting samples, labeling data, and data entry
  • Ability to be comfortable around unpleasant smells
  • Some travel required
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others
  • Must have ability to coordinate/pay for lodging for the entirety of the assignment

Benefits:

  • Weekly pay!
  • Benefits offered
  • Amazing state opportunity

Special Information:

  • 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. 

*please check our website to see which locations are still available*

Apply today for IMMEDIATE consideration for our Wildlife Field Technician positions!

Military & Veterans encouraged to apply 

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