Field Technician – Franklin’s Ground Squirrel – Illinois

University of Illinois at Springfield
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I am looking for one more field technician with a strong work ethic to join my team for the Franklin's ground squirrel project in Central Illinois. The field technician needs to be effective and skillful in data collection, including trapping, tagging, and radio-tracking of Franklin’s ground squirrels. Field technician knows how to operate and adjust, when necessary, various instruments for data acquisition and is required to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Duties and responsibilities include:

Trapping - Conduct daily trapping of Franklin’s ground squirrels at multiple sites over the field season.

Tagging - Implant a passive integrated transponder (PIT) to each newly captured squirrel for identification and fit radio-collars to targeted juveniles.

Tracking - Conduct daily radio-tracking of juvenile Franklin’s ground squirrels on foot or in vehicle depending on the movement patterns and dispersal distances of individual squirrels. Record locations of the squirrels with the GPS units through homing or triangulation. Follow the squirrels until they immerge.

Daily Reports - Submit daily reports on the trapping, tagging, and/or tracking of Franklin’s ground squirrels.

Maintenance - Assist with the maintenance, clean-up, and inventory of the field gear and equipment for trapping, tagging, and tracking of Franklin’s ground squirrels.
Successful candidate must have a B.S. degree in ecological science, wildlife, biology, or related field. Experiences in conducting radio-telemetry in the field are required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable. Successful candidate must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail. Candidate must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety. Individual must have a personal vehicle in good condition, maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours.

Application: Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled.

Starting date: August 1, 2017.

Anticipated ending date: October 31, 2017.

Salary: $500 per WEEK, plus mileage reimbursement for radio-tracking.

To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at

1. Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications;

2. Resume, including contact information for three references; and

3. Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).
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