Black Bear Capture Technicians: Eastern Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Southeastern Oklahoma (areas surrounding Ouachita National Forest; housing in Smithville, OK); east-central OK (Ozark Plateau; housing in Vian, OK)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$10/hr (maximum of 40 hours/week); housing provided
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Field technician positions are available on our black bear studies in eastern Oklahoma beginning approximately May 16 to August 19. Fieldwork will be in support of ongoing research on expanding black bear populations in two areas: the Ouachita Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma and the Ozark Plateau in east-central Oklahoma. We will be hiring 3 technicians for the southeastern study area and 1 technician in the east-central study area. Technicians will work as part of a crew to capture, mark, measure, and fit black bears with GPS collars. This will involve setting, baiting, checking traps (a combination of barrel, bucket, and PVC snares), and assisting with sedating and handling captured bears. It will also involve some telemetry work, locating lost collars or mortalities. Communicating with Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation employees and private landowners will be an important component of the position, especially in the east-central study area. Work can involve long hours in hot, humid, and buggy conditions and often in remote locations. Work weeks will be 10 days on followed by 4 days off. Pay is $10/hr for up to 40 hrs/week and shared, coed housing is provided.
1. Progress towards a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology, biology, ecology, or closely related field 2. Ability to lift and carry over 50 pounds and hike over rocky, steep, and rough terrain in remote locations 3. Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license and the ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle through rugged conditions 4. Able to communicate well with coworkers, supervisor, ODWC personnel, and private landowners 5. Ability to maintain a positive and mature attitude and good sense of humor despite inclement weather, biting insects, venomous snakes, and hot and humid weather Previous field experience capturing, handling, and marking animals is preferred, but not required. Technicians must be available mid-May through mid-August. To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, and contact information (phone and email) for at least three references as a single PDF file to Courtney Dotterweich at The file should be titled “Yourlastname_BearTech.pdf” (e.g., Dotterweich_BearTech.pdf) and include YOUR LAST NAME and BEAR TECHNICIAN in the email subject line as well. Applications will be accepted until January 27, 2022 at 11:59pm CST. Cover letters should demonstrate career goals, how you meet the qualifications, dates of availability, and if you would prefer to work in the Ozark Plateau or southeastern study area. On Dec. 7, 2021, a federal judge temporarily blocked the implementation of the federal contractor vaccination mandate and its associated guidance. Following the injunction, Oklahoma State University has, consistent with applicable law, paused the vaccination mandate. Please be aware this injunction could be lifted at a later date and would require all employees to be fully vaccinated or receive an approved accommodation as a condition of employment. Oklahoma State University is an EEO E-Verify employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
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Courtney Dotterweich
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