Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, ND, seeks several highly-motivated research technicians and crew leaders to assist with a breeding duck pair and brood survey throughout the Prairie Pothole Region of northwest North Dakota (ND) and northeast Montana (MT) during the spring and summer of 2017. Field operations will be based out of Bismarck, but research technicians will travel daily and will be stationed near Medicine Lake, MT or Stanley, Donnybrook, or Crosby, ND.
Major responsibilities will include properly identifying duck pairs to
species and social groups and duck broods to species and age class.
Successful applicants will be expected to work at least five days each
week (i.e., 60-80 hours per week). Field work is physically and mentally
demanding and takes place under challenging conditions. Therefore, only
enthusiastic, dedicated individuals should apply. A strong interest in
waterfowl and wetlands ecology, desire to spend long days in the field,
and determination to get the job done well is required. Inquisitive,
detail-oriented, and self-motivated applicants are preferred. Experience
identifying waterfowl and navigating using hard-copy maps are also
preferred skills. Successful applicants will be expected to work safely
and effectively in a rural setting without direct supervision. A valid
driver’s license and clean driving record is required.
Researchers hired to conduct breeding pair and brood surveys will work
from approximately 19 April ~ 18 August. Researchers hired to conduct
brood surveys only will work from approximately 21 June ~ 18 August. One
crew leader position is available beginning on 13 March. He/she will
perform various tasks in preparation for the surveys. Research
technicians and crew leaders will be paid a competitive wage. Housing
for all positions will be provided.
1 Pair and Brood Survey Crew Leader (13 March ~ 18 August)
3 Pair and Brood Survey Technicians (19 April ~ 18 August)
2 Brood Survey Crew Leaders (21 June ~ 18 August)
5 Brood Survey Technicians (21 June ~ 18 August)
To apply for a position, send cover letter, resume, and contact
information for at least three professional references to Mason Sieges
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Within your letter of interest, please state WHICH
POSITION you are interested in and your DATES OF AVAILABILITY.
Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of these
Applications will be considered as they are received, and positions will
remain open until filled.