Duck Banding Technician – Minnesota

near Dundee, Madelia, or Watson Minnesota
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
16.62/ hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
This position was previously announced on 02/24/2017 through 03/10/2017. If you have already applied for this job, you do not need to reapply.

*This posting will be used to fill up to 2 identical positions. The positions will be based out of Madelia, Talcot Lake, or Lac Qui Parle, but some travel will be required.*

*Please see the 'How to Apply' section to make sure you apply correctly.*

Anticipated season dates are July 24th 2017 - September 26th 2017.

This position will perform fieldwork that consists of variable workdays, including some weekend hours and overnight work.

The technician will be responsible for capture of waterfowl primarily via bait trapping in Minnesota during August and September Technicians will identify, age, sex, band, and humanely handle waterfowl, attach leg bands to waterfowl, accurately record and enter data, write project summaries, operate and maintain field equipment, assist with other natural resource research projects as needed, contact and communicate with private landowners, and interact with the public and coworkers in a professional manner

--Lodging will be provided while working at field sites.--
Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of ecology, wildlife biology, and/or waterfowl biology.
Ability to identify waterfowl species normally encountered in Minnesota.
Writing skills sufficient to communicate technical information and record field data.
Ability to maintain accurate data records and field notes.
Ability to communicate orally with individuals, and small groups.
Ability to work in adverse weather and environmental conditions.
Ability to wear waders and life jackets, while walking on unstable terrain, for long hours.
Ability to safely operate and maintain equipment, including small boats/canoes with or without outboard motors, trucks (4WD), and generators.
Ability to use GPS units for navigation and waypoint collection.
Ability to construct, repair, and maintain trapping equipment.
Ability to perform field work at night.
Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology, Zoology, Natural Resources, Ecology, or related field.
Experience handling wild animals for marking purposes, especially experience banding migratory birds.
Experience using baited traps to capture waterfowl.
Knowledge of invasive species concerns for Minnesota lakes, and experience keeping equipment free of aquatic invasive species.
Ability to safely drive trucks with small boat trailers attached, and maneuver boat trailers at boat launch sites efficiently (including backing and launching small boats).
Experience with capturing and identification of waterfowl to species, age, and sex.
Experience constructing, repairing, and maintaining equipment.
Experience interacting with private landowners.
Experience with word processing, data entry (Microsoft Excel), and GIS programs.
Ability to attain subpermit to band waterfowl from Bird Banding Lab under Minnesota's master permit.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License, with a clear driving record.

It is the policy of the Department of Natural Resources that those offered employment submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

Criminal history check
Driver's license history
Reference checks

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at this link:
and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

Submit the following to Bruce Davis at by the posting closing date. MAKE SURE TO ENTER THE JOB ID NUMBER (14041) YOU ARE APPLYING FOR IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR E-MAIL ALONG WITH YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME. You must also submit an application through the state website. Failure to do this may result in you not being considered for the job.
Submit a cover letter expressing interest in this position.
Submit a copy of your resume.
Submit at least three professional references, indicating the reference's name, organization, current email address, and current phone number.

Individuals not following ALL application instructions will not be considered.
Contact Person
Bruce Davis
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