Contract Photographer/Camera Operator for Federal Wild Horse and Burro Roundup Operations

Contract Photographer/Camera Operator for Federal Wild Horse and Burro Roundup Operations

Every year, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service use low-flying helicopters to round up and remove federally-protected wild horses and burros from their designated habitat areas on Western public lands. 

As the nation’s leading wild horse and burro advocacy organization, the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) sends field representatives to these operations to document and report back for dissemination to the media, AWHC social media channels, and website.

These operations are located in some of the most remote areas of the West. The days are long, with early morning meet-up times and hours spent on public lands in varying weather conditions from heat to rain and snow. 

Duties

  • Travel to Bureau of Land Management/United States Forest Service wild horse and burro roundups to document events in their entirety through video and/or photography. 
  • Provide report on operation each day through email or phone conversation with Communications staff.

Requirements

Photography

  • Telephoto zoom lens of around 100-400m with a X2 teleconverter.*
  • Fluid-head tripod (no plastic tripods) to be able to smoothly support tracking subjects at over 100 yards away.
  • Experience in professional photography

*Depending on availability, AWHC can provide an in-house telephoto lens for temporary use. 

Video

  • Telephoto zoom lens of around 100-400m with a X2 teleconverter.*
  • Fluid-head tripod (no plastic tripods) to be able to smoothly support tracking subjects at over 100 yards away.
  • Steady hand
  • Camera operator should be skilled at shooting action footage from fixed positions. They need to be able to anticipate what is coming next and be ready at a moment's notice to respond to changes.
  • Experience in editing footage
  • Experience in professional camera work

*Depending on availability, AWHC can provide an in-house telephoto lens for temporary use. 

Additional Requirements

  • High level of integrity and strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain trusted relationships
  • MUST conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must have experience in off-road driving
  • Must be comfortable with driving 4WD vehicles in winter elements
  • Must be comfortable with a loosely-scheduled time frame as the operations are always subject to change.

TO APPLY:

Please send your cover letter resume, examples of your photography and/or video work, and 3 professional references to jointheherd@americanwildhorsecampaign.org

This is a contract position. No benefits. Compensation is based on experience.