Black Bear Research Assistant

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Essential Job Duties:

One research assistant is needed to assist with a research project evaluating the impacts of bear-proofing strategies on urban black bear space use, resource selection and diet, reproduction, and public perception in Asheville, N.C.

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Job City & State:

Asheville, NC


FER, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program

Classification Title:

Crop and Soil Sciences

Working Title:

Black Bear Research Assistant

Work Schedule:

Variable work schedule (not to exceed 40 hrs per week)

Other Work/Responsibilities:

Primary duties will include locating current and former winter dens of GPS-collared bears and assisting with winter den recaptures (chemical immobilization, GPS radiocollar attachment, biological sample collection), and obtaining vegetation and structural measurements of winter den sites. Duties will also include culvert traplines and assisting with black bear captures, conducting early morning vehicular surveys (4:30AM to 7AM) to assess residential compliance with municipal trash collection schedules, investigating GPS data points for foraging evidence by radio-collared black bears, retrieving carcasses of road-killed bears and field data at kill sites, and conducting fall urban hard mast surveys. Routine office tasks include data organization, management, and entry in Excel databases, online monitoring of GPS data, processing biological samples, equipment maintenance, and responding to public information requests in person or via phone or email.

Minimum Experience/Education:

B.S. degree or higher in wildlife management, zoology, ecology, natural resources, or rlated field.

Department Required Skills:

This project occurs exclusively on private property within a greater urban environment.
Due to the high level of public cooperation needed to meet research objectives, the
assistant must maintain a highly professional and engaging attitude at all times with
citizens and other stakeholders. In this position, you will interact with the pubic on a
daily basis: while checking traps, to obtain permission to access winter dens or
investigate data points on private property, and during bear captures, to name a few.
Maturity, tolerance, impeccable social skills, a strong work ethic, and a team-player
attitude are strongly desired, as are demonstrable organizational skills and attention to details

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

Preferred applicants will also have experience with: mammal live-trapping and chemical immobilization, identifying southeastern plants to genus; performing VHF telemetry (monitoring, homing, and retrieving dropped or detonated collars), data acquisition and management (obtaining and recording accurate field data per study protocols; data entry and QC) and be willing to work irregular hours on days, nights, and weekends. A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and experience
operating 4-wheel drive trucks with a trailer hitch are desired. Applicants should be in
excellent physical condition, capable of heavy lifting (minimum of 75 lbs.), and comfortable navigating alone off-trail by GPS or with digital maps for vehicular surveys. A responsible and considerate approach to co-habitation (i.e. completing shared weekly house maintenance tasks) is also required. Contingent upon performance and interest, the incumbent may be employed for the remainder of the project (through 2022).

Required License or Certification:


Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Anticipated Hiring Range:

$9.00 per hour plus shared housing

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Posted: 11/15/2020
Application Due: 1/14/2021
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