Deer Conservation Technician – North Carolina

Bald Head Island Conservancy
Bald Head Island, NC
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Negotiable based on qualifications and experience, but will be in the range $1600 - $2000 per month
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Conservation Technician for the Bald Head Island Conservancy’s White-tailed Deer Management Project serves as a member of the BHIC Conservation & Education Team and is responsible for conducting the fieldwork needed to accomplish the island’s immunocontraception program for white-tailed deer. It is expected that the Conservation Technician will also engage in other Conservancy activities including fundraising events, educational programming, and communications. Most fieldwork will be performed at night; weekend and work flexibility are required. Time off will generally coincide with weather that is inadequate for field operations. The BHIC Director of Conservation and Deer Team Lead, a graduate student from NCSU, will supervise this position. The position will last from late January 2018 through April 2018.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES • Conduct deer darting operations using dart gun and transmitter darts. • Locate and assess tranquilized deer which may include use of radio telemetry, application of ear tags and radio collars, blood and parasite collection, physical measurements, and immunocontraceptive administration • Mix and administer drugs used in darting operations • Manage bait sites, including site selection and volunteer coordination to maintain appropriate bait (corn) levels • Maintain project equipment and supplies including dart gun, transmitter darts, receiver, spotlights, and medical supplies • Work under the direction of a graduate student • Supervise an intern during captures • Install and maintain trail cameras and evaluate camera images • Track collared deer to monitor health and location • Work closely with project interns on deer tracking and assessment activities • Assist with project communication efforts including website updates, social media, newsletter articles, and public meetings • Perform necropsies on deer, as needed • Perform other duties as assigned COMPENSATION Negotiable based on qualifications and experience, but will be in the range $1600 - $2000 per month. Housing is provided on-site at the Bald Head Island Conservancy. Round-trip ferry ticket will be given for days off and free parking is also provided. The position is not eligible for health benefits. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES • Previous experience with large mammal capture, firearms, and radio telemetry • Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife science, animal science, environmental science, or a related field • Previous field experience and a strong interest in wildlife management • Knowledge of best practices for wildlife management • Computer proficiency and aptitude with knowledge of MS Office applications • Self-directed but can work within a team environment • Excellent listening and communication skills • Experience with data handling and technical report writing POSITION SCHEDULE • Contractual for approximately four months (late December 2017 – April 2018) • Evening, overnight, weekend, holiday work required • Fieldwork will be weather dependent • Salary paid as a monthly stipend • Housing is provided - dorm-like facility shared with technicians, staff, interns, and visiting students and researchers WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS • Requires physically demanding fieldwork for long hours and exposure to all seasonal conditions found on a barrier island • Able to work in hot/cold, wet, and buggy conditions in all types of outdoor environments including dunes, forest, and salt marsh • Willing to work with injured or dead animals • Able to work in the woods at night alone • Able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties • Requires valid driver’s license and ability to drive vehicles including golf carts, UTVs and other vehicles as necessary
Contact Person
Brooke Milligan / Micah Walker
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