Biological Technician Intern

Expected Dates
April 20, 2020 to November 6, 2020
Yellowstone National Park
Position ID
The incumbent will work as a member of the Bison Management Team in Yellowstone National Park on a field crew of 3-6 people, which includes biological technicians and student interns. The incumbent will work in a field setting and hike off-trail while carrying a backpack. The incumbent will work in close proximity to bison and other large ungulates. The incumbent may encounter grizzly and black bears while working.
Major Duties include the following:
  • Measure aboveground production and consumption by large grazers using small temporary exclosures in several sites across Yellowstone National Park
  • Identify grasses of Montana to the genus and species level
  • Use canopy-intercept technique to measure aboveground standing crop
  • Photograph vegetation plots using near-infrared photography and use image analysis to estimate standing crop
  • Collect plant tissue and soil samples and prepare for lab analysis through washing, drying, and grinding
  • Transport fencing equipment to remote locations, carrying heavy loads exceeding 50 lbs
  • Record information using handheld devices and upload to cloud-based databases
  • Map vegetation communities by navigating to locations using a handheld GPS and using Daubenmire frames to identify the abundance and diversity of vascular plants
  • Use radio-telemetry to locate radio-collared bison, mule deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and elk.
  • Observe large grazing herbivores and collect fecal samples.
  • Install pitfall traps to capture and identify arthropods in and around backcountry vegetation sites.
  • Install small mammal traps and identify small mammals in and around backcountry vegetation sites.
  • Enter data in large and complex MS Access databases
  • May assist with breeding bird point surveys.

The incumbent may also assist with handling bison contained within livestock handling facilities to implement a quarantine program, including moving animals through chutes and gates, collecting blood, and preparing samples for laboratory testing. The incumbent may also assist the Team Leader in summarizing data, creating simple reports, and managing files.

Compensation amounts:

  • $220 - weekly living allowance
  • $650 - one time RT travel allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($3047 education award)
  • Housing

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

*Please note this position is dependent on confirmation of federal funding and the execution of a required agreement


  • Mammoth Hot Springs, WY
  • Bear safety, first-aid, using a handheld radio, computer training
  • Education: On-the-job training for measuring plant production, vascular plant identification, radio tracking and entering data in complex databases.

    Recreation: Living within Yellowstone, camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking, boating

  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
some experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience