New Job Grizzly Bear Trapping Coordinator In Montana

Grizzly Bear Trapping Coordinator
Grizzly Bear Trapping Coordinator

Grizzly Bear Trapping Coordinator

Company : State of Montana
Salary : $21.12 an hour
Location : Montana

Full Description


Please remember to attach the required documents: Resume and Coverletter listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. The State Application is not a substitute for a Resume. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on December 8, 2021. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.

Special Information:
Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).

A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.
Women and/or minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.


  • Work requires a high degree of safety consciousness and personnel must be constantly alert to physical and biological hazards
  • Individuals will have to hike and work under variable conditions including steep mountainous terrain, unpredictable weather, stream crossings and wildlife encounters
  • Work requires lifting and carrying objects weighing 40 pounds or more
  • Ability to identify bear sign including foods, scat, tracks, and rub trees
  • Experience with telemetry equipment and locating units in the field preferred
  • Experience with capture and handling of large mammals (especially grizzly bears) necessary
  • Experience with safe use of firearms preferred
  • Ability to navigate using a map and compass or GPS
  • Individuals will have to help prepare baits and lures for field studies
  • Individual may be required to camp in tent or field cabin for 2–10 days at a time
  • Individual may work alone in the field as required
  • Ability to work closely with others for extended periods of time, including overnight stays
  • Individual must work as a member of team, respecting authority of senior members, and possessing the ability to direct activities of junior members
  • Individual may be required to conduct fixed-wing or helicopter telemetry flights
  • Degree in wildlife biology, biology, or a related degree in natural resources
  • Knowledge of data collection, entry, and analysis approaches is essential.
  • Expertise with advanced database and analysis programs/environments preferred.
  • Valid state driver’s license

Job Duties:

  • Coordinate schedules and field activities associated with a grizzly bear monitoring program, particularly leading a capture team and collecting data on radio-marked grizzly bears
  • Implement and evaluate agreed upon field activities with minimal supervision.
  • Establish and monitor bait/camera and trap/camera sites in the field, including setting leg hold snares and culvert traps
  • Direct the safe capture, immobilization, and handling of grizzly and black bears in the field
  • Accurately and diligently record data associated with all field work and collect necessary biological data during captures
  • Use radio-telemetry to locate and collect downed radio collars in the field, lead investigation if a bear has died, and coordinate with law enforcement staff from FWP and partner agencies when needed
  • Help schedule and conduct telemetry flights
  • Assist biologists with data entry, data analysis, and preparation of reports, presentations, and scientific publications, especially during winter months
  • Maintain and secure stocks of immobilizing drugs, ensure use of drugs is accurately recorded in the field, and report drug use records to state veterinarian
  • Organize, monitor, and replenish stocks of field supplies/equipment and manage purchases when needed
  • Manage efforts to maintain a supply of bait by collecting, processing, and storing roadkill for immediate and future use, while adhering to safety precautions and respecting other users of storage facilities.
  • Manage efforts to create and maintain a store of scent lure in containers appropriate for field use
  • Clean and restock capture kits/vehicles for readiness
  • Keep up with routine maintenance of field vehicles (e.g., oil changes) and manage other repairs or maintenance needs
  • Maintain a safe, efficient, and respectful work environment
  • Coordinate field activities with partner agencies and adhere to any requirements associated with land access
  • Maintain good communication and working relationships with partner agencies
  • Represent Montana FWP appropriately when dealing with the public.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, fish and wildlife management, animal ecology, biology, or a closely related field and some related work experience. Combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.
Training Assignment: Not Applicable

Job: Science
Salary: $ 21.12 - 21.12 Hourly
Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings: 1
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-Time
Shift: Variable
Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Primary Location: Kalispell

Agency: Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Union: 000 - None
Bargaining Unit: 000 - None

Posting Date: Nov 24, 2021, 5:13:23 PM
Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Dec 9, 2021, 12:59:00 AM
Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume

Contact Name: Stacy Purdom | Contact Email: [email protected] | Contact Phone: 406-444-5670