PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This project investigates the recently declined wetland water levels in Yellowstone National Park. The project addresses watershed hydrology and geomorphology, wetland hydrology, wetland plant ecology, and soil characteristics with the goal of identifying mechanisms underlying wetland drawdown. This will be the second of two summers for a master’s thesis conducted through Colorado State University.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Position Duration: mid-May through mid-August. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis; position open until filled.
The technician will perform a variety of job tasks related to wetland hydrology. Primary tasks will include weekly visits to record water levels in wells at the 25 wetland sites (all sites are within 1 mile of the road). Also, installation of additional wells will be required. This is arduous work. Additional tasks may include: vegetation surveys, soil characterization, soil infiltration testing, topographic surveying, data entry, etc. The technician must be intellectually engaged in the project, ideally providing insight that will continue to improve the quality of this research throughout the summer.
The technician will work both alone and alongside the CSU researcher. Hours are subject to vary, but will average around 40-50 hours over 5-6 days/week. Housing will be provided in Gardiner, MT, a town of 800 residents adjacent to Yellowstone’s north entrance. The technician will live with 1-3 other researchers in a house or apartment, and must be adaptable to living alongside others.
• A sincere interest in the study question and field methods
• A BS/BA, or significant progress toward, in ecology, hydrology, environmental science, or a similar degree.
• Previous field experience
• Ability to endure long days in the field in hot, cold, or rainy conditions.
• Excellent physical conditioning and ability to carry >50 lbs of equipment
• Spatial competence (for orienteering toward and relocating off-trail sites)
• A sense of confidence and respect during encounters with bears, bison, elk, etc.
• Flexibility when dealing with weather and changing project demands
• Reliable personal vehicle to use on the job and on your days off (you must explore this gorgeous country!)
• Plant identification skills and experience a significant plus
• Great combination of a driven/hard working attitude with a laid back/flexible/fun demeanor.
For more info, contact:
To apply please email a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Derek Schook, MS student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, firstname.lastname@example.org