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Winter Browse Technician

University of Idaho

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University of Idaho
Elk River, Idaho
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
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Project Background: The Dworshak Dam was constructed in 1973 by the Army Corps of Engineers to create hydro electric power and flood mitigation. The dam created a 55-mile reservoir that inundated 16,000 acres of important big game winter range. To mitigate for the 16,000 acres of lost winter range, the Grandad Elk Mitigation Area was established in 1977, which consists of 6900 acres of coniferous forest at the confluence of the North Fork and Little North Fork of the Clearwater River. Since the mitigation area was established many management strategies have been implemented to increase winter forage production on the landscape. However, the success of these management strategies and how much winter forage they have produced is unknown. Recently, a research project has been initiated by the Core of Engineers and University of Idaho, to quantify the amount of forage production that is occurring on the landscape, how much forage is available during winter and identify how past and current management actions have influenced overall forage production.

Description: This is a 2-month seasonal position working with the University of Idaho and Army Corps of Engineers. This position involves working closely and remotely with the graduate student on the Grandad Elk Mitigation Area, conducting winter browse surveys. The work will consist of snowmobiling, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing to get to survey sites and requires winter backcountry experience. Position duties will include: 1) winter browse vegetation surveys 2) monitoring trail cameras 3) conducting big game observation surveys. The field site is VERY remote, with no cell service, and requires a 25-mile snow machine ride in. The graduate student and technician will be living in a remote cabin at the field site 5-7 days at a time. Work will be physically demanding, involving long treks in the snow to arrive at winter browse survey sites.

Qualifications: Applicants must have previous winter back country experience, preferably with snow machines. Though we will be conducting browse surveys, plant ID skills would be helpful, but not completely necessary, we are more interested in applicants that have backcountry experience in the winter, and that are comfortable working remotely. A positive attitude and problem-solving skills are critical, as this work will be difficult. Snowfall can vary from 3-5ft on the Elk Mitigation area and weather conditions can change drastically in an instant. We have strict safety protocols in place, but again, the field site is very remote, and it could take hours before help is to arrive.

Applicants may apply by sending a cover letter and resume (including contact information for 3 references) to Brandi Felts at [email protected] In the subject line please include “Winter Vegetation Technician Application”.

Applications will be reviewed as they come in.

Contact Person
Brandi Felts
Contact eMail
[email protected]

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