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Matthew J.

Gutt
matthewg291@gmail.com
717-659-7442

Education:
Towson University, B.Sc., Organismal Biology and Ecology, 2016, G.P.A. - 3.2
Harrisburg Area Community College, Biology – Life Sciences, 2010 - 2012, G.P.A. - 3.3

Research Interests:
I am interested in conservation biology, population and community ecology, and herpetology.

Positions:
• Biological Science Technician GS-05 – National Park Service (Gettysburg National Military Park),
October – December 2018
• Biological Science Technician GS-05 – National Park Service; Division of Sea Turtle Science and
Recovery (Padre Island National Seashore), March – August 2018
• Biological Science Technician GS-05 – National Park Service (Gettysburg National Military Park),
October 2017 – March 2018
• Biological Science Technician GS-05 – National Park Service (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore),
April – September 2017
• Biological Science Technician GS-05 – National Park Service (Gettysburg National Military Park),
January – March 2017
• Biological Science Technician GS-05 – National Park Service (Apostle Islands National Lakeshore),
May – October 2016
• Field Technician Intern – Susquehannock Wildlife Society, February – May 2016
• Field Technician- Towson University, February – August 2015

Research Experience:
2018 – Gettysburg National Military Park
Conducted quality stream sampling using a YSI meter which included calibration, device pre-checking,
and device post-checking. Instrument readings were recorded and interpreted. I also maintained
numerous orchards using multiple tools and leading a crew, conduct resource management photography,
and deer culling operations nightly following safety protocols. Deer culling operations included
sampling and testing for chronic wasting disease. Culling operations also included surveying for and
identifying deer biological data nightly. Used ARC GIS to update and measure distance of exotic plant
treatment sites as well as marking live/dead trees within the orchards. Used basal barking herbicide
application to eliminate exotic species. Surveyed for wintering migratory birds like the state threatened
Northern Harrier. Educated the public and prevented harassment to endangered short-eared owls. Other
duties included pest management.

2018 – Padre Island National Seashore


Conducted nesting sea turtle day/night patrols with an emphasis on the critically endangered Kemp’s
ridley. This included operating UTV’s (utility vehicle) or SUV on a beach while scanning for tracks.
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles found were metal and PIT tagged, biopsy sampled, and measured using both
calipers and a tape measure. This also included other species of stranded/live sea turtles found.
Disoriented Kemp’s ridleys were also picked up and redirected towards the sea after nesting. Careful
probing and excavation of nests were also performed as well as transporting secured eggs from a vehicle
to an incubation facility both using highly strict protocols. Thermocouple probes were inserted into
every Styrofoam nest box upon excavation. Probes were later attached to a receiver to monitor
incubation temperatures. Proper management of nests within the incubation facility included
monitoring/adjusting temperatures of each nest (spritzing, lid cracking, & fans), watching for any signs
of hatchlings, and keeping the area pest free. Frenzied hatchlings are reared, inventoried using
spreadsheets, processed for transportation, driven down beach, and safely released into the Gulf.
Unhatched eggs are excavated, processed, and necropsied which included taking muscle and gonad
samples of embryos. Work order requests and basic maintenance were also supplied to faulty UTV’s and
communication gear. Data input/management using Excel was conducted within the division’s database.
Data was also entered into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Acted as a
dispatcher for all park personnel and made operational calls to collaborative agencies and research
organizations. Also acted as an event and volunteer wildlife photographer. Conducted market research
for purchasing supplies and equipment.

2017 - 2018 – Gettysburg National Military Park


Surveyed for wintering migratory birds like the state endangered Short-eared Owl. Constructed and
placed signs to prevent harassment to wildlife. This also included using authority to monitor potential
harassers while handing out flyers and educating the public. Conducted quality stream sampling using a
YSI meter which included calibration, device pre-checking, and device post-checking. Instrument
readings were recorded and interpreted. I also maintained numerous orchards using multiple tools,
captured and rescued wildlife, conducted resource management photography, and deer culling
operations nightly following safety protocols. Deer culling operations also included necropsy sampling
of brain tissue for chronic wasting disease. Used ARC GIS to analyze spatial data and created layouts.
This included updating and measured distance of exotic plant treatment sites as well as marking
live/dead trees within the orchards. Used basal barking herbicide application to eliminate exotic species.
Conducted soil sampling for pre-planting of native species. Other duties included pest management.

2017 – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


Responsible for upland and vernal pool visual amphibian surveys which included using transects to
locate and identify species. Also set up frog song meters at known wetland sites. Conducted state
threatened and endangered raptor surveys consisting of using sound technology (fox pro) to call in and
identify raptors using transects, following raptors to locate nest sites, record habitat type and gender,
monitoring and documenting fledged young. This involved using optics such as a birding scope and an
extended go-pro. Bat acoustic monitoring included setting/breaking down equipment and bat emergence
counts using night vision optics. Downloading, processing, and storing bat data from SD cards using the
programs Attributor and SonoBat. Acted as a Piping Plover monitor for the entire breeding season.
Duties included monitoring ground nesting species and identifying migratory adults using band combos,
age structure, identified breeding adults displaying courtship, predicted hatch dates, located nests, set up
and removed predator exclosures, monitored and protected nest sites within a recreational beach from
the public, and monitored chick survival until they fledged. Identified signs of predators including
tracks. Independently held open discussions with the public on current Plover management practices.
Physical and virtual meetings were held in order to update conservation groups and USFWS employees
on current Piping Plover status.

Other duties included documenting seasonal movements of migratory birds and breeding plumages,
setting up numerous trail cams for the carnivore population study, repaired beaver dam related issues,
collected deceased birds/ feather samples for West Nile Virus testing, set traps and bait for fish
sampling, and collected/ identified macro-invertebrates for water quality testing. Annual reports were
created using statistical analysis methods that included charts and graphs. All duties were completed
entirely independently and involved hiking the back country using a map, compass, and GPS. Aerial
photography/ satellite images were analyzed prior to missions to identify wildlife habitat and paths of
least resistance as well as hazard areas. Other gear used was a Kestrel to document weather conditions.

2016 – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore


Worked as a Biological Technician for the Planning and Resource Management team at Apostle Islands
National Lakeshore on a wide variety of tasks including:
• Installed baited pine marten hair snares (DNA hair samples were collected), and pre-programmed trail
cameras were placed in remote locations unsupervised while following strict protocols as well as
recommending project improvements using field observations and data assessment. All resource
equipment was also maintained and kept mission ready.
• Took over as the bat technician to deploy, retrieve, and break down bat monitors while using GPS and
maps in which I transferred/organized the data into the database.
• Participated in breeding bird surveys and documented/organized collected data (distribution,
abundance, species etc.) into the database as well as writing up a yearly report for avian population
assessments. The report required research and recording of relevant data from scholarly articles and
reports. Field and data import guidelines were also made using computer programs.
• Worked with Piping Plovers, an endangered species, in which I caught, weighed, and helped band. I
also volunteered as a piping plover monitor to track hatchlings, locate nests, monitor breeding/behavior
activity, identify band markers, species and gender using optical equipment, and to prevent human
disturbance. This involved camping on a remote island.
• Conducted water sampling tests using a YSI meter along with visibility and carbon dioxide tests.
• Conducted deer browse surveys while measuring and counting vegetation along transects.
• Worked on pre-burn monitoring that included identifying and measuring vegetation using a
dichotomous key along transects, using a densiometer to measure canopy coverage, a prism to identify
trees, saplings, and seedlings in a plot.
• Identified native fauna using signs, sight, and sound.
• Conducted prescribed burning which required operating tools, pumps, and hoses to control fires.
Habitat restoration by plant materials collection for propagation.
• While prepping and spraying chemicals/manual removal (mechanically and by hand) to kill invasive
woody/noxious plants, I operated a GNSS system (Trimble GPS unit) used for mapping the exotic
vegetation as well as monitoring herbicide used and area coverage. I also used aerial photos to find and
kill exotic plants. This also involved carrying a backpack or handheld sprayer in which I was also
responsible for maintaining for mechanical readiness. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and
herbicide/pesticide labels and fluids were inventoried.
• Monitored and managed (Used both live and death traps & captured) pest populations around historic
landscapes/buildings.
• Engineered and set mussel traps to monitor for invasive species.
• Assisted with cultural/archaeological surveys and maintenance crew operations.

Additional duties included:


• I worked within the ArcGIS platform to transfer coordinates to a DNR GPS to hand held global
positioning systems and operated GPS units and a compass daily to navigate through dense unmarked
terrain. Also used GIS to map and organize data.
• Provided visitors with resource management information as well as general rules, safety, and
regulations within the park.
• Drove off-road vehicles to remote areas.
• Traveled by boat and served as a deckhand for the operator on a regular basis sometimes in extreme
weather conditions.
• Acted as a “swamper” to clear trails and campsites of downed trees and brush after storm events.
• Participated in search and rescues as well as recoveries.
• Programs used for data input and analysis were Excel, Microsoft Word. Tables, charts, graphs, etc.
were also made using these programs.
• Examined maps and satellite imagery to identify hazardous locations to avoid when deploying off
boats onto islands.
• Maintained bear facilities and learned bear hazing/behavior procedures.
• Participated in division meetings as well as interacting with regional employees. Worked with
educational groups from universities to complete mutual missions.

2016 - Susquehannock Wildlife Society


Worked as a field technician assessing spotted turtle populations using minnow trap, visual encounter,
and hand capture surveys. Duties involved noting/establishing notch codes, sex, age, mass, carapace and
plastron measurements, swabbing for DNA analysis, and safely setting baited minnow traps. Other
duties included using a GPS to gather coordinates, setting stationary cameras, and identified species that
were recorded.

2015 – Towson University


Worked as a field technician on a study investigating the impacts of the emerging wildlife pathogen,
Ranavirus, within Maryland wetland systems involving reptiles and amphibians. Critical duties involved
intensive monitoring of 22 study sites and the collection of both biological and environmental data. I
was responsible for identifying, collecting using dip nets, euthanizing, setting acoustic monitor
equipment (frog loggers), monitor breeding activity, identify species, and preserving wildlife samples as
well as water quality data using a YSI meter. I took detailed notes and helped maintain the study`s
database. I also reported critical field observations that were used to guide the study. I exercised
excellent judgement in the field when issues arose (i.e die offs) and demonstrated the ability to work
unsupervised and independently. I maintained strict decontamination protocols for disease control while
gathering and processing the wildlife samples.

Awards and Accomplishments:


• Performance based Cash Award – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, 2017
• On-the-Spot Award (OTS) – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, 2016
• Purple Heart Medal, 2014
• Meritorious Promotions (4) Private First Class - Sergeant, 2009 - 2014
• High First Class Physical Fitness Test (PFT), 2009 - 2014
• High First Class Combat Fitness Test (CFT), 2009 - 2014
• Expert Rifleman, 2010 - 2014
• Combat Action Ribbon, 2013
• Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 2013
• Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 2013
• NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan, 2013
• Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, 2013
• Armed Forces Reserve Medal, 2013
• Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, 2013
• Certificate of Appreciation – Norway, 2011
• National Defense Service Medal, 2009
Publications/Annual Reports
• Gutt, J. Matthew & Heyd, A. Cindy. "2017 Raptor Monitoring Report." (2017). Unpublished Report,
National Park Service, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, Michigan.

• Gutt, J. Matthew & Heyd, A. Cindy. "2017 Salamander Visual Encounter Survey Report." (2017).
Unpublished Report, National Park Service, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, Michigan.

• Gutt, J. Matthew & Heyd, A. Cindy. "Great Lakes Piping Plover Report 2017." (2017). Unpublished
Report, National Park Service, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, Michigan.

• Gutt, J. Matthew & Burkman, Peggy. "Apostle Island’s National Lakeshore Breeding Bird Survey
Report." (2016). Unpublished Report, National Park Service, Apostle Island’s National Lakeshore,
Bayfield, Wisconsin.

• Gutt, J. Matthew & Burkman, Peggy. "Invasive Plant Species Report 2016." (2016). Unpublished
Report, National Park Service, Apostle Island’s National Lakeshore, Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Certifications
Registered Pesticide Application Technician (PA), 2018
Basic First Aid, 2018

Supervisor and Leadership Experience:


Biological Science Technician GS-05
2018 – Gettysburg National Military Park
Trained a new permanent employee on deer culling operations and orchard management.

Biological Science Technician GS-05


2018 – Padre Island National Seashore
Logistical support and guidance was provided to lower grade personnel in order to allow for efficient
UTV patrol operations. UTV Pre-rides were handed over to me for approval and signature. Student
Conservation Interns (SCA) and employees were trained on how to conduct patrols and sea turtle related
research protocols.

Biological Science Technician GS-05


2017 – Gettysburg National Military Park
Led a group of Civil War Trust Foundation employees on the basics of pruning trees.

Biological Science Technician GS-05


2016 – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Trained a group of volunteers and graduate students on the protocols of setting camera traps and bait for
a carnivore population study. Also trained an employee on how to prep and use herbicides for exotic
plant management.

Research Intern
2016 - Susquehannock Wildlife Society
Trained a new research intern on how to trap, measure, establish notch codes, and weigh spotted turtles.
Sergeant
2012 – 2014 – United States Marine Corps
As a Sergeant I led, supervised, counseled junior Marines, managed controversial issues, inspected
vehicles, and was an active vehicle commander during convoys. I taught classes such as G.I bill benefits,
vehicle preventive maintenance, and what to do when encountering dangerous wildlife.

Additional Skills
While my time in the Marine Corps, I attained mechanical and logistical skills. I’m skillful in carpentry
and have also been an avid wildlife photographer throughout the course of my life.

References:
Kenneth Pemble (Lead Resource Technician – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)
Phone: 715-776-0357
Email: kenneth.pemble@gmail.com

Dafna Reiner (Biologist - Gettysburg National Military Park)


Phone: 717-321-6743
Email: dafna_reiner@nps.gov

Cindy Heyd (Wildlife Biologist - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore)


Phone: 906-202-0099
Email: cindy_heyd@nps.gov

Peggy Burkman (Biologist – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)


Phone: 715-292-0320
Email: peggy_burkman@nps.gov

Cynthia Rubio (Wildlife Biologist – Padre Island National Seashore)


Phone: 361-549-8212
Email: cynthia_rubio@nps.gov

Scott McDaniel (Executive Director of Susquehannock Wildlife Society)


Phone: 443-340-7980
Email: msgscottmcd@gmail.com

Richard Seigel (Professor/Advisor/Supervisor – Towson University)


Phone: 443-752-8098
Email: rseigel@towson.edu