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Utah Prairie Dog Wildlife Technician

Utah Prairie Dog Wildlife Technician I

Opening date: May 10, 2022
Closing date: May 18, 2022
Salary: $12.13 per hour
Location: Cedar City, Utah
Time frame: June 13, 2022 – Oct. 7, 2022
Positions available: 2
Housing: Not provided

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources, has two (2) non-benefitted Utah prairie dog technician positions available in Cedar City, Utah. This appointment will run from June 13 to Oct. 7, 2022. Housing is not provided.

Utah prairie dogs are listed as federally threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The species has a history of conflict with humans, particularly in urban and agricultural settings. The Division works to help manage and recover the species.

Successful applicants will conduct field operations in support of the Range-wide General Conservation Plan for Utah Prairie Dogs and the Utah Prairie Dog Recovery Plan in southwest Utah.  

Duties include

  • Trapping, handling and translocation of Utah prairie dogs
  • Recording data for Utah prairie dog counts; trapping, translocation and monitoring
  • Applying insecticidal dust to Utah prairie dog burrows
  • Performing surveys for the presence/absence of Utah prairie dogs using binoculars and a hand-held GPS unit
  • Other miscellaneous tasks benefitting the Utah prairie dog program

Job requirements and skills

  • Proficiency in data collection, data management and data entry techniques
  • Ability to follow established protocols regarding surveying and trapping of Utah prairie dogs
  • Ability to navigate using aerial photography, GIS, and various types of maps
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work in hot and dry weather conditions

Preferred additional skills

  • B.S. in wildlife biology or closely related field
  • Previous experience working with wildlife
  • Experience with small mammal surveying and trapping
  • Familiarity with hand-held GPS units
  • Ability to handle contentious situations with the public
  • Proficiency with four-wheel drive vehicles

Vehicles and other equipment needed to accomplish required tasks will be provided.

Other

  • Moderate hiking and carrying weights of up to 40 lbs.
  • Weather conditions can vary greatly from extreme heat (July and August) to cold with snow (October); 20 – 105 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Occasional long work days
  • Work schedules are typically 40 hours per week but may increase during busy periods

Applications

Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter and at least three (3) references to Patrick Anderson at pranderson@utah.gov by Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Please put in the subject of the email “Wildlife Technician Application”.  If applicants have any questions about the position, please either email or call Patrick at 435-691-5700.

DNR complies with the ADA. Hearing-impaired employees who wish further information regarding this announcement may call the DNR TTY number at 801-538-7458. Disabled employees who desire reasonable accommodation in the interview process should contact the DNR Human Resource Office at 385-315-2834.