Backcountry Biology Technician

Expected Dates
May 3, 2021 to October 3, 2021
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (RRL) is located on the western side of the GYE and serves as a linchpin of habitat connecting this and neighboring ecosystem of the High Divide. A multitude of iconic fish, wildlife, and plants occur across this landscape including grizzly bear, moose, elk, puma, antelope, sagebrush birds, whitebark pine, globally rare sand dune species, and rare fishes including arctic grayling and westslope cutthroat trout. All these species occur on RRL. Several ongoing projects at RRL are addressing the needs of this unique and vast landscape including projects focused on sagebrush, riparian, wetland, grassland, and forest ecosystems. The proposed SCA Interns will be embedded as team members into existing projects and will help collect information and will gain skills communicating these results to a broad audience including conservation professionals, visitors of RRL, and our neighbors.

Compensation amounts:
- $650 - one time RT travel allowance
- $200 - weekly living allowance
- $100- monthly housing allowance (paid to FWS)
- AmeriCorps eligible ($2360 education award)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
  • The beautiful Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Centennial Valley of Southwest Montana. Closest major towns are Dillon and West Yellowstone, MT. One intern will be based at a remote field camp with several team members working on a sage-grouse nest survival and grazing project. The other intern will be based at the same remote field camp for the first part of the summer working on the sage-grouse project, but will then be transferred to a bunkhouse setting during mid-summer (July) to begin working on projects related to habitat management and visitor services.
  • The interns will learn techniques on bird survey, nest searching, handling wildlife, vegetation surveys, willow species identification, forest (aspen) restoration, general refuge management, and interacting with the public.
  • Southwest Montana has endless recreational activities. The position location is only 1.5 hours from
    Yellowstone National Park and is surrounded by National Forest land. Weekly science talks are held and there is collaboration with local universities.
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Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent without supervision
Field Research
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
Community Engagement
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
competent without supervision