Job Opportunity: Field Technician, Ecology and Habitat Use of Wild Turkeys

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking 3 field technicians to assist with research on the behavior and habitat use of wild turkeys in Illinois. Primary responsibilities will include trapping, radio-tagging, and tracking wild turkeys and remotely downloading data from their transmitters. Applications are due November 30, 2018.

Date published: 2018/10/23

Location: Champaign, Illinois

Compensation: $12 - $14 per hour depending on experience. Housing and field vehicles provided. Shared housing will be located in Chatham, Illinois approximately 1 hour away from field sites.

Term: tentative start date in early January 2019. Two positions will have an end date of June 30th with the third position ending March 31st. 

Position Overview

The research is being conducted in close collaboration with scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and scientists and land managers at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Army Corp of Engineers. Primary responsibilities will include trapping, radio-tagging, and tracking wild turkeys and remotely downloading data from their transmitters. Additional responsibilities will change throughout the season and include, but are not limited to: evaluating data for incubation activity, assessing nest fate, conducting vegetation surveys, nocturnal bird surveys, surveying acorn abundance, deploying CO2-baited traps for black flies, conducting camera trapping surveys for mesocarnivores, data entry, and contacting private landowners to obtain access for research activities.

Candidates for the six-month position will be expected to begin work in January 2019 and the position will tentatively end June 30th, 2019, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding. Candidates for the three-month position will be expected to begin work in January 2019 and the position will tentatively end March 31st, 2019.

Qualifications

All candidates must have completed a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology, Natural Resources, Zoology, or a related field. An interest in wildlife ecology and conservation, the ability to work independently and as a team member, ability to lift 50lb bags, drive 4x4 trucks and the capability to conduct fieldwork under adverse conditions are necessary. It is expected that applicants are capable of occasionally walking several miles in a given day carrying packs of equipment over uneven terrain. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and will be required to pass a standard background check. Preferred applicants will have some previous experience in radio-telemetry and handling wildlife (particularly turkeys), and will be proficient with computer programs (GIS, Google products, Office products), and handheld GPS units.  

To Apply

Submit by November 30, 2018 a single PDF (Save as: your last name_first name.pdf) that includes: 1) a letter detailing your interest, qualifications for the position, and availability for the position of interest, 2) curriculum vitae 3) names and contact information for three references (direct supervisors ONLY) to Morgan Meador at this address. Please indicate which position you would prefer: three or six-month position.  Applications will be evaluated in the order received, and the positions will be filled immediately as suitable candidates are found. Applicants not selected will be notified after positions have been filled.

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