Former Wildlife Technician at University of Wyoming
over 2 years ago
My position was doing field work for a graduate student. Field seasons are often short and very intense. We worked 10 days on, 4 days off. Typically we would start work around 5:30-6 am, drive to a site, check traps and process animals sometimes into the early afternoon, take lunch and then reset traps for the next day. Other tasks involved moving traps between sites (carrying 50 lbs), flagging sites and occasionally powder tracking. Powder tracking involves covering an animal in florescent powder and releasing them at sunset and returning around midnight to put out flags along the trail they took through the brush/grass. This usually ended around 5 a.m. There was occasionally unexpected weather (thunder/hail storms) that would alter the type of work done that day.