This position seems to have some turnover, as I've seen it advertised twice this year. My comments are in italics.
Puma Capture Specialist (STAFF RESEARCH ASSOC II)
$2,962.00 - $4,767.00/Mo.
(Salary stated is full time, actual salary is based on hours worked)
Final Filing Date 07-11-06
This position is located in: VM: Wildlife Health Center and is represented by a union. Working hours: To be arranged.
Good to know mountain lion wranglers have a union!
The Wildlife Health Center serves the University in the following capacities: an umbrella under which wildlife research is funded and conducted at the School of Veterinary Medicine; an integral instructional resource for veterinary and graduate students; and an information and referral center for wildlife health. The goals of this research project and this position are to: capture, sample and radio-collar mountain lions in California; determine population size and the extent of movements of lions in the study area; and collect detailed puma location data to develop models of habitat use and suitability.
Responsibilities: Serve as the project field leader and provide support for the Wildlife Health Center’s mountain lion project. Oversee day-to-day field activities and personnel. Act as communications liasion with the Wildlife Health Center, Department of Fish and Game, and California State Parks management agencies. Organize field data into computer database; help prepare reports summarizing progress toward project objectives.
Check out the range of skills required for this position: brains, brawn, GPS geekery, and media savvy. Color me impressed.
Requirements: Specialized knowledge and technical training required typically obtained with education at the Masters level or with a combination of education and experience. Extensive knowledge and demonstrated expertise in tracking mountain lions. Skills to recognize signs, tracks, and be knowledgeable about lion habitat use and behavior. Experience with supervision and organization of field staff, collaborators, and volunteers. Experience establishing work plans, assignments and coordinating with multiple individuals, agencies and landowners. Skills to utilize a variety of computer software programs (Word, Excel) for entering biological data and analysis (statistical and GIS). Experience to use advanced VHF radio telemetry and GPS equipment preferred. Skills to use GPS, understand topographic maps, and accurately map locations. Skills to skillfully drive a four-wheel drive vehicle on extremely rugged terrain. Demonstrated public relations experience and experience working with the media on sensitive subjects required. Special Conditions of Employment: Position may, at times, require employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present. This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy. Overnight Travel required. Restricted vacation during peak periods. Schedule is subject to change with only 12-24 hours notification. Valid CA driver’s license required. Work flexible schedule. Work occasional weekends, evenings, nights, and holidays on short notice. Must be able to work long days, sometimes in excess of an 8-hour day while tracking lions. Physical Requirements: Position requires lifting up to 100 lbs. Must be able to work in the wilderness in all climates and conditions for several days at a time. Ability to hike extended distances and conduct observations in extremely remote and rugged conditions working independently.