Wild Turkey Research Crew Leader: Northeast Missouri

University of Missouri – Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Northeast Missouri (Putnam/Schuyler Counties)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$15.29–$24.52 per hour; housing provided; position is benefits eligible
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The University of Missouri (MU) and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) are recruiting a research crew leader to study survival and reproductive ecology of wild turkeys in northeast Missouri. The crew leader will be employed through 1/15/2019 and will be responsible for supervising up to four research technicians and coordinating field research activities over a two-county study area.

Among other duties, the crew leader will be responsible for capturing, banding, and fitting radio-transmitters to wild turkeys. The crew leader will also be responsible for radio-tracking wild turkeys, locating wild turkey nests, and conducting flush counts. Other duties include contacting private landowners to obtain access for research activities, as well as working cooperatively with MU and MDC researchers.

In addition to field activities, the crew leader will be responsible for database management and preparation of progress reports detailing research activities. The crew leader will work both alone and as part of a research team, and will often be required to work long hours outdoors, often in adverse weather conditions. A field vehicle will be provided to conduct research activities and housing will be provided as well. The crew leader position is benefits eligible.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology or related field is required and one year of professional directly related experience is necessary. A Master’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology or related field is preferred, along with one year of previous work experience with similar activities. Previous leadership and field experience is required. Experience capturing, handling, banding, and radio-marking wild turkeys or other birds is highly preferred, but not required, as is experience conducting radio-telemetry.

Although the primary investigator of the project will assist with field work, they do not live in northeast Missouri. Therefore, the crew leader will largely be the face of the project and will be responsible for managing project activities in their study area. The crew leader must be independent, trust-worthy, and self-motivated. They must also be detail-oriented, enthusiastic, and possess a strong work ethic and excellent organizational skills. The crew leader must also possess exceptional leadership qualities and the ability to coordinate field efforts to meet research project goals and objectives while supervising a team of research technicians.

The crew leader must work effectively with minimal supervision and as part of a research team. Applicants must possess exceptional inter-personal skills. The crew leader must be able to work in remote locations and conduct field work that is often strenuous. Applicants must be able to work long hours, including early mornings and late evenings. Wild turkey capture will occur during winter and the crew leader will often have to wait in blinds for extended periods of time in cold weather until capture events occur.

Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. The crew leader must be able to share field housing with research technicians.

To apply, click the link below or copy and paste the link into the browser address bar, which will take you to the job announcement on the University of Missouri Human Resource Services website. Follow the instructions on the website to complete the application process.

Contact Person
Jason Isabelle - Resource Scientist - Missouri Department of Conservation
Contact Phone
(573)815-7901, ext. 2902
Contact eMail
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