Magazine article Endangered Species Bulletin

So ... You'd like to Work in Alaska?

Magazine article Endangered Species Bulletin

So ... You'd like to Work in Alaska?

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What's that you say? You'd like to work in Alaska? So you can see for yourself why everyone says it's different up here? OK, great. But before sending in your application, please make sure you've examined the following skills and abilities needed for the job:

Must be able to:

1. Carry 50 pounds of gear through shoulder-high wet grass up a 60-degree slope on a remote island to chase and capture 82 flightless Aleutian Canada geese, place them in transport boxes, and haul them back to the ship. Tubefeed said geese with extremely slimy and smelly liquid every 2 hours aboard ship in close quarters amid large, rolling ocean swells until you reach the translocation island. Condition of own stomach has no bearing on tube feeding schedule.

2. Land inflatable boat on beach through heavy, cold surf while wearing mustang suit and seaboots. Avoid dumping self and cargo of Aleutian Canada geese in said surf.

3. Stand all day on ship's flying bridge, counting and identifying every living thing that comes within 150 meters of ship. Identify at a glance and count thousands of "USDAs" (unidentified small dark alcids) in flocks flying, sitting on the water, or diving. Differentiate between crested and whiskered auklets, murres and murrelets, Laysan and black-footed albatrosses, horned and tufted puffins, many others. Do this in dense fog.

4. Navigate through dense, wet Katmai forests using bear trails and aerial photographs to find wetlands to delineate. Nimbly dive into trailside bushes to allow oncoming 1,000-pound brown bear the right-of-way. …

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