From: Gray, Steven <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Friday, June 10, 2022 at 3:10 PM
To: Schneider, Jim <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Technician Position
Hi Jim,

I hope you are doing well. We are re-advertising our field technician position in North Dakota. Would you be willing to circulate it on your recent graduate listserv? The position likely conflicts with the academic semester for current students but you’re welcome to distribute on that listserv as well if you feel it is worthwhile. Appreciate your help!



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Job no: 787258
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 00
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Fisheries And Wildlife 10002344
Sub Area: CT- Clerical Tech.
Salary: Pay Commensurate with Experience
Location: Out of State
Categories: Temporary, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary(Basic Job Function)

This is a temporary or an on-call position. Provides technical support. Responsibilities may include computer programming or operations; research support; medical patient care; technical equipment maintenance, repair, fabrication or operation; or other technical support functions.

Unit Position Summary

The Applied Forest and Wildlife Ecology Laboratory at Michigan State University is looking to hire one seasonal field technician (with a maximum of 40 hours/week) to lead non-invasive genetic sampling of American marten using hair snares in the Turtle Mountain Region of North Dakota, USA. Selected candidate will be responsible for assembling, setting, and maintaining hair snares and collecting hair samples and photographs from sampling locations. Project goals are to develop a robust estimate of population size and individual survival for American marten in the Turtle Mountains. Candidate will conduct fieldwork while communicating closely with researchers at Michigan State University and North Dakota Game and Fish. Approximate start date is July 1st (negotiable) with an anticipated duration of 2-3 months The selected candidate will receive priority for re-hire in future field seasons contingent upon performance.

This position requires a candidate capable of working independently in a remote field location under limited supervision. Efficiency and a positive attitude working in rugged terrain and difficult field conditions (e.g., insects, heat, thick vegetation) is necessary. We expect candidates to have a strong field background as well as being organized and detail-oriented in data collection and entry. Familiarity with non-invasive genetic sampling and trail cameras is desired.

Housing in the Turtle Mountain study area will be provided by North Dakota Game and Fish. Michigan State University will provide a field truck for all transportation needs.

General duties:

  *   Operation of full-size 4WD field truck to and from sampling sites
  *   Placement and rotation of hair snare sampling stations in Turtle Mountain study area
  *   Assembly and maintenance of cubby and hair snares used for sample collection
  *   Setting, maintaining, and data collection using trail cameras
  *   Coordinates with colleagues at Michigan State University and North Dakota Game and Fish regarding updates, tasks, and logistics
  *   Collection, organization, and storage of hair samples for genetic testing
  *   Communicate and interact with private landowners

Desired Qualifications

  *   Degree or progress toward degree in field of natural resources. Will also consider applicants with extensive field experience
  *   Experience assembling, maintaining, and collecting samples from hair snares (or collection of similar biological samples)
  *   Experience setting and collecting data from trail cameras
  *   Experience with GIS and mapping (not required)
  *   Willingness to work in inclement weather and field conditions
  *   Ability to navigate remote areas and hike in rugged terrain
  *   Ability to use GPS and maps for navigation
  *   Accurate and efficient data entry
  *   Self-motivated and independent
  *   Organized and detail-oriented
  *   Clear communication and ability to interact with private stakeholders

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

To apply, submit a letter of interest, CV or resume, and contact information for three references. We will review applications beginning March 15thth but will accept additional applications until the position is filled.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.

Advertised: Jun 2, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 1, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time