Independent Contractor Field Technician, Northern Rockies Office

  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Bozeman, MT, United States
  • Nov 12, 2016
Contractor Biology/Ecology Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

Position Summary:
NRDC plans to retain an independent contractor to serve as a Consultant to install electrified (“turbo”) fladry and other non-lethal measures on private ranch lands in the Northern Rockies to reduce conflicts between livestock and native predators (collectively, the “Services”). The Services will be needed from January 2017 through June 2017.

The Consultant will provide the Services in order to reduce or prevent depredations by wolves, grizzly bears, and other large carnivores on cattle and sheep. The Consultant will work both independently and with others, including NRDC staff, livestock producers, and state and federal wildlife agency officials.

The Consultant will preferably possess significant experience and expertise with the installation of fladry and other types of fencing, as well as scare devices such as Fox Lights and radio activated guard boxes. The Consultant will also ideally be proficient with the operation of all-terrain vehicles, including four-wheelers and snowmobiles, and equipment such as field cameras.
The Consultant must possess strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills. The Services will require interacting and working with a wide variety of people. It is imperative that the Consultant maintain respect and professionality with others at all times. The Consultant will also be required to provide weekly written reports regarding Services performed.

The Consultant will need to travel extensively, including overnight and multi-day trips. The Consultant will work primarily in Montana; however, travel to neighboring states and Canadian provinces may also be necessary. While notice of Services and trips will be given as much in advance as possible, the Consultant must also be prepared to accept or reject requests and travel and perform responsibilities for accepted Services on relatively short notice, sometimes with only two or three days’ advance notification. The Consultant may also be asked to work and travel in evenings and on weekends.

The Consultant will ideally have:
Demonstrated experience and expertise in installing electric fencing, preferably including turbo fladry;
Experience in or knowledge about installing and using other non-lethal predator deterrent measures;
Familiarity with livestock production, USDA Wildlife Services, and related wildlife conservation issues;
The Consultant must have:
Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills;
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting;
An excellent driving record; and
Enthusiasm for NRDC’s mission.
Application Materials Required:
Cover letter
Three references
Applicants may also be asked to provide a copy of their driving record and proof of automobile insurance.
Deadline to apply is December 9, 2016.
NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We do not discriminate in retention of independent contractors on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We offer competitive compensation and a pleasant working environment.  Compensation for the Consultant will be based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.
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Compensation for the Consultant will be based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.