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State of Montana Bear Management Technician-Choteau, MT in Choteau, Montana


Please remember to attach the required documents (COVER LETTER) listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on February 28, 2021. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.

Special Information:

Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).

A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.

Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.

An understanding of the social, economic, recreational and agricultural components of the work area of responsibility is vital. Demonstrated ability to communicate and negotiate with disparate interest groups and individuals; interpersonal skill set that is demonstrable.

Candidates application will demonstrate experience in handling bears by use of live-animal traps, snares; chemical immobilization delivery systems and skills; large bore rifle proficiency. Capability of monitoring bears via ground, vehicle and aerial telemetry (chopper and fixed wing).

Much of this work will be done in the field, traversing steep terrain for long distances daily, oftentimes in inclement weather with biting insects. Heavy work, such as lifting and moving large, heavy objects will occur. The incumbent will be expected to provide his/her own transportation to Conrad. Working long hours and often on weekends and at night is expected. The incumbent must be able to work well with other people and agencies while representing FWP in a professional manner. The employee will need to work comfortably and safely around dangerous animals such as grizzly bears and rattlesnakes. Grizzly bears are a controversial species, the incumbent must be able to keep cool under intense social situations (i.e. irate people) and successfully provide good customer service.

The bear management technician position will occur from April 15th – November 1st . The schedule will be variable with the employee working long shifts (> 10 hours/day), including evenings, nights and weekends as needed.

*Job Duties: *Work with the bear management specialist to identify and prevent conflicts between grizzly bears and people.

  • Initiate contacts with landowners, ranchers, farmers, and other residents to identify potential grizzly bear conflicts, propose solutions, and initiate the appropriate prevention techniques.

  • Locate radio-collared bears from airplanes and the ground.

  • Data input, analysis, and report preparation.

  • Assist the Specialist with conducting educational presentations to schools, community groups, clubs and conservation organizations to inform people about wildlife ecology, management and ways to coexist and avoid conflicts.

  • Meet regularly with individual landowners to inform them of wildlife interaction management issues, determine their concerns regarding department programs, discuss alternative solutions that mutually benefit the landowner and address program goals, and identify opportunities for long term wildlife management.

  • Create community phone trees.

  • As directed by the Specialist, conduct and/or participate in public involvement meetings and presentations on a local basis by method of "citizen participation" to receive comment on proposed wildlife conflict management programs and make modifications prior to implementation.

  • Employ and evaluate repellent and deterrent techniques by conducting experimental testing to establish effective methods for preventing wildlife/people interaction and livestock depredations. This will include applying hazing and aversive conditioning to individual animals to modify their behavior. These techniques involve the use of specially trained bear dogs, non-lethal projectiles and cracker shells. Other tools involve the construction of high-power electric fences, use of propane operated scare guns as noise deterrents, and the testing and use of other innovative techniques.

  • Resolve wildlife-people interaction by capturing the animals involved and either working the animal(s) using aversive conditioning techniques, or relocating the animal(s). In some situations, removing the animal(s) using lethal means is required.

  • Respond to and investigate wildlife interaction complaints involving bear, mountain lion, wolf, moose and other wildlife interaction with people, damage to property and livestock depredation.

  • Minimize the potential for wildlife/people interaction by informing and working cooperatively with private landowners and local communities, and implementing proactive management programs to reduce or remove potential bear, mountain lion, moose and other wildlife attractants. This includes developing and applying techniques such as removal and containment of garbage at priority sites, improving sanitation guidelines and livestock carcass removal.


  • Ability to pass the Firefighter Pack Test.

  • Driver license.

  • Must be skilled in oral and written communication.

  • Must have an outgoing, personable nature and be able to initiate successful interactions with others.

  • Must have experience in wildlife conflict management.

  • Must have knowledge of the use of geographic information systems, topographic maps, aerial photos, and gps

  • Knowledge in the basics of bear management techniques especially including conflict prevention techniques and equipment.

  • Experience with livestock management techniques.

  • Must be physically fit and have general outdoor skills.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrable experience with 1) large carnivore capture/management, 2) customer service, 3) preventing bear-agriculture conflicts, 4) bear education to agricultural communities, 5) interacting with rural agricultural communities in both formal and informal settings, 6) livestock production, and 7) firearms.

*Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience): *The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a minimum of two years of college work towards a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, fish and wildlife management, animal ecology, biology, or a closely related field and related work experience. Combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. May be required to acquire and maintain certification in the capture and handling of wildlife.

*Application Requirements: *To be considered for this position please submit a complete State of Montana Employment Application and a Cover Letter stating your relevant education, and your relevant experience: 1) with large carnivore capture/management; 2) in customer service; 3) in agriculture, 4) living and/or working in rural agricultural communities; and 5) experience with firearms.

Job: *Environmental Sciences

Title: Bear Management Technician-Choteau, MT

Location: Choteau

Requisition ID: 21140070