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Texas Black Bear Technician

Borderlands Research Institute (State) |

Application Deadline:
Starting Date:
Ending Date:
Hours per Week:
$15 per hour
Education Required:
Some Undergraduate
Experience Required:
Alpine, Texas
Graduate Opportunities
Undergraduate Opportunities
Multiple technicians are needed to support a black bear research project in the Big Bend region of west Texas. After a 30+ year absence, black bears are starting to recolonize the mountains of west Texas and researchers with the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University have initiated a multi-year study aimed at quantifying many aspects of the recolonizing population’s ecology. 
Technicians will work under the direction of project graduate students and supervisory researchers to complete duties consisting primarily of establishing/maintaining hair snares stations, processing samples, and data entry/organization. Additionally, given primary obligations have been completed, technicians will have the opportunity to assist with concurrent black bear capture and collaring efforts. 
Positions will start on April 15, 2024 and will last for 3 months. The position will require long/early days and weekend work. Applicants are expected to be self-motivated, work well independently as well as in a team, and be able to follow instructions. Applicants are expected to be able to effectively navigate rough terrain both on foot and by vehicle (UTV & 4x4 truck). 
Housing will be provided in the form of a shared bunkhouse and/or rented space.


·         Progress towards or completion of a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology, biology, ecology, or closely related field.
·         Ability to lift and carry over 50 pounds and hike over rocky, steep, and rough terrain in remote locations.
·         Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license and the ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle through rugged conditions.
·         Ability to implement and adhere to established data collection protocols.
·         Demonstrated ability to communicate well with coworkers, supervisor, state personnel, and private landowners.
·         Ability to maintain a positive and mature attitude.
·         Must be willing to live and operate in remote desert locations with little access to certain amenities.

·         Prior experience setting and maintaining hair snares, camera traps, and Ibutton temperature loggers. 
·         Prior experience capturing and collaring large mammals/carnivores 
·         Familiarity with safety in hot/arid climates 
·         Experience with chemical immobilization 
·         Basic mechanical skills 

* Start date: April 15, 2024 
* End date: July 15, 2024 
* Last date to apply: March 15. 
* Pay: $15/hr - 40hrs/week 
To apply, email a single PDF document (subject line: “last_name - Hair Snare Technician”) containing a resume, letter of recommendation, and cover letter to It is recommended that applicants thoroughly address the required qualifications in their cover letter. 

Matthew Hewitt
432.837.8225 (preferred contact method)