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Seeking: Motivated rodent spotters with proven experience in alpine terrain. Applicants should know their hoaries from their yellow-bellies, marmotally speaking. Ability to hike, camp, navigate off-trail and handle lots of elevation gain for days at a time in pristine wilderness.
Job description: Olympic National Park seeks volunteers to help count and monitor Olympic marmots for the 2014 season. The Olympic marmot is the official mammal of Washington State and found nowhere outside of the park’s sprawling, wildflower-filled meadows and rocky peaks. Survey trips last from one to eight days, and successful applicants will hike 5-20 miles to reach remote survey sites, where they will closely watch and log every scurrying Olympic marmot seen, every high-pitched whistle echoing across the glacier-carved valley walls. The goal is to establish reliable population numbers for the Olympic marmot.
About this employer: Olympic National Park was founded in 1938 and earned the nickname “the sampler platter of national parks” for its diversity of terrain, which includes wild Pacific beaches, temperate rainforests, craggy peaks, glaciers, and pristine alpine meadows (it’s just missing a desert). Olympic National Park is an equal-opportunity employer, provided you like working for free and never, ever call a marmot a “woodchuck.”
Compensation: Fresh alpine air, unparalleled mountain views, and up-close-and-personal encounters with the Lower 48’s most majestic animal (the marmot).