Biological Aide for Wildlife Section: Delaware

Agency
Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
Location
Smyrna, Delaware
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
Full time (40 hours/week) seasonal for up to 9 months at $1,600.00/month or Part time (< 30 hours/week) year round at $10.00/hour.
Last Date to Apply
02/28/2017
Description
The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Species Conservation and Research Program is a small but diverse agency and the incumbent will have the opportunity to work with multiple Division biologists on various projects. We are seeking a self-motivated and driven person to assist with research projects and field work involving waterfowl, Northern Bobwhite Quail, shorebirds, marsh birds, deer and furbearers.

The incumbent will be responsible for baiting, setting, monitoring and maintaining waterfowl traps. During capture events, the incumbent will assist with the live capture of waterfowl (i.e., primarily dabbling ducks) and the collection of Avian Influenza samples from live and hunter harvested waterfowl. Additional duties may include but are not limited to construction of waterfowl traps, entering and managing data, and maintaining equipment (i.e., boats, UTV’s, vehicles). Other projects may include Northern Bobwhite Quail surveys and density estimation, waterbird surveys, and various other projects.

In addition to waterfowl work, the incumbent will work with the shorebird and marsh bird biologist. Primary responsibilities for the shorebird project include surveying for and counting shorebirds, resighting marked shorebirds, assisting with capture and handling of migratory shorebirds, data entry, and coordinating volunteers with diverse skills to assist with all aspects of the project. Work for the marsh bird project may include nighttime surveys for Black Rail, and early morning point counts and playback surveys for other secretive marsh birds. Preference for a candidate with experience performing these activities, as well as operating and trailering boats, conducting shorebird counts, identifying shorebirds by sight, and shorebird capture using cannon nets. The ability to distinguish colored leg bands and flags on shorebirds at a distance is an essential job duty.

The selected candidate will also work with the deer and furbearer biologist on projects as needed, including, but not limited to, Chronic Wasting Disease sample collection, deer population density analysis using various methods, rabbit population analysis, Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators, and river otter latrine surveys.

The incumbent should be familiar with programs for data entry and management (i.e., GIS, Excel and Access). He/she must be able and willing to work in challenging field conditions (i.e., biting insects, hot and cold conditions), at irregular hours (i.e., long days, nights, and weekends).
Qualifications
1) Preference given to those that possess a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology/natural resource management or closely related field.
2) Applicants with prior field work experience preferred, especially capturing, handling, and banding birds.
3) Experience using a spotting scope to resight color bands and/or alphanumeric coded flags is preferred, but not required.
4) Experience with trailering and operating small boats and ATV’s is preferred, but not required.
5) The incumbent must display good interpersonal and communication skills.
6) Experience using word processing, spreadsheet and GIS applications.
7) Ability to work under instruction or independently in an organized and efficient manner with good time management skills.
8) Must be comfortable lifting and carrying objects upwards of 50 pounds.
9) Must be able to distinguish colored leg bands and flags on shorebirds at a distance.
10) A valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & DEADLINE
Apply by emailing (preferred) or mailing a hard copy of your resume/CV (lastname_resume.doc) along with a cover letter (lastname_cover_letter.doc) describing your qualifications and contact information for three references to Justyn Foth (justyn.foth@state.de.us). Hardcopy applications can be sent to the ATTN: of Justyn Foth; Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife; 6180 Hay Point Landing Road; Smyrna, DE 19977 no later than, February 28 2016.
Contact Person
Justyn R. Foth, Ph.D.
Contact Phone
3027353600 ext. 3
Contact eMail
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