Job Description:
Our lab at Montana State University-Bozeman is recruiting one volunteer 
undergraduate interested in 
alpine research on mammalian responses to climate change. Our project is 
assessing the American 
pika’s (Ochotona princeps) physiological and spatial responses to climate 
change using a space-for-
time approach. We are seeking an enthusiastic student who is interested in 
working in an alpine setting 
for the entire summer and is physically capable of hiking 25+ miles a day, 5-6 
days a week. 

This work is very strenuous due to high mileage out hiking and rough landscapes 
to navigate when 
trails/roads are not available, but if you love the mountains, then the payoff 
is huge! We are seeking 
three overarching traits in applicants: navigation experience on and off 
trails, great physical conditions 
(20+ miles of hiking a day), and mental stamina under stressful conditions. We 
are looking for an easy-
going applicant who has strong proven leadership skills. We are requesting the 
student be available for 
fieldwork for the entire summer (late May until late August-can be somewhat 
flexible start and end 
dates). This position will be based out of Bozeman, Montana when not in the 
field. Housing can be 
accommodated for the few days we are in town throughout the summer, but you 
will need to be able to 
provide your own transportation to Bozeman by late May.

Required Qualifications:
-Undergraduate student who has completed at least one year at a four-year 
-Highly motivated individual
-Must possess a current, valid U.S. driver’s license
-Can work independently, as well as with a team of four
-Great physical condition since this work will be in mountainous terrain (3 mph 
sustained pace)
-Experience hiking/backpacking a
-Strong problem-solving skills
-Most importantly, energetic and positive attitude under challenging conditions!

Preferred Qualifications:
-Experience in identifying trees and shrubs
-Basic hiking gear such as your own overnight and day packs
-Experience with GPSs, topographic maps, and other navigational tools 

This position is currently listed as a volunteer position where we will be able 
to cover your costs 
throughout the summer via per diem (food + other costs covered). This position 
could turn into a paid 
position depending on our grant success. We do not expect you to cover any 
costs for gear, your own 
food, gasoline, or anything else throughout the summer.

To Apply: 
Please send a current resume or CV, along with a cover letter describing your 
experience and research 
interests, as well as two references to (that is ymail, 
not gmail). We request all 
interested applicants reach us by email with the above materials no later than 
April 22nd. For the two 
professional references, please include their names, your association to them, 
a phone number, and an 
email address. Feel free to ask any questions to Peter Billman at the above 
email address. Thank you for 
your interest and we look forward to reading through all interested applicants’ 

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