Field Technician (4) Crew Leader (1)-Fort Polk, LA and Fort McCoy, WI

University of Illinois
Fort Polk, LA and Fort McCoy, WI
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$12.00 - 14.00/hr DOE
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Last Date to Apply
We are seeking four field technicians to assist in a conservation project studying conspecific attraction in birds and amphibians at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin and Fort Polk, Louisiana, as well as one crew leader to manage the Fort Polk site. Technicians at each site will have the opportunity to work in different habitats and with a variety of species. At Fort Polk, field sites include early-stage longleaf pine restoration, regenerating clearcuts, and loblolly pine plantations, while Fort McCoy sites include mesic shrublands/early successional forests as well as restored prairie grasslands. The species include, but are not limited to Grasshopper sparrow (McCoy), Wood frog (McCoy), Cope’s/Eastern grey tree frog (McCoy/Polk), Northern bobwhite (Polk), Painted bunting (Polk), Squirrel tree frog (Polk), and Eastern narrow-mouthed toad (Polk). Applicants selected for the Fort McCoy project will also assist in a M.S. study that will examine how social cues effect habitat selection in Golden-winged and Blue-winged warblers, and may involve some work off base. Technician duties will include point counts, banding, bleeding, spot mapping territories, behavioral observations, nocturnal frog surveys, capturing/marking frogs, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Field vehicle will be provided. Housing arrangements will differ depending on the site but technicians will be expected to cover the cost (expected to be around $300/month). One technician at Fort McCoy will start in late March while the other two technicians will be expected to start work in mid-April. All Fort McCoy technicians will be finished work in early August. The expected start date for Fort Polk is mid-late February with an end date of July 1. Start and end dates can be flexible within reason.
Successful applicants will demonstrate excellent communication skills, be able to work independently, and be comfortable working on an active military base. Technicians must have full hearing and color vision, be able to carry heavy equipment (up to 50lbs), tolerate hot temperatures, high humidity, and biting insects while maintaining a positive attitude. Experience conducting point counts and strong ability to identify birds by sight/sound is essential. Banding experience is strongly preferred. Applicants must have current eligibility to work in the U.S, a valid U.S. driver’s license, and will need to pass a background check before hiring. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in one pdf file to (Stephen Tyndel). Please indicate the following in your subject line. “Fort Polk” in the subject line if you are applying to work at Fort Polk, “Fort McCoy” if you are applying to work at Fort McCoy, and “Fort Polk Fort McCoy” if you are applying to both. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. If you have any questions please email Stephen Tyndel at
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