Delmarva Fox Squirrel and Bat Technician: Delaware

DNREC/Division of Fish and Wildlife
Office in Smyrna, DE but most of field work in Sussex County
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$14.75 per hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Primary responsibility will be assisting with research and monitoring of Delmarva fox squirrels (DFS) in Sussex County, Delaware. Duties will include helping with translocations of DFS from Maryland to Delaware, including trapping and transporting squirrels, conducting radio telemetry of translocated squirrels, and setting up and monitoring camera traps to determine presence/absence of DFS in specific woodlots. Duties will also include interacting with landowners regarding the translocation project and legal status of the species, surveying hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts regarding DFS sightings, downloading and reviewing photos from camera traps, maintaining Excel, Access and ArcGIS databases and preparing technical reports. Will also assist with bat surveys (acoustic bat detector deployments, data management, helping people with bat-human conflicts, possible bat catches), and other wildlife research projects. Must be able to carry heavy and awkward equipment in difficult weather conditions (heat, humidity, insects). Work schedule is variable and may include working nights, holidays, and weekends as scheduled. The field office is located in Kent County but most of the work will take place in Sussex County. Job Duties - Utilizes and maintains various scientific instruments, telemetry equipment, trail cameras, traps and 4WD vehicles. - Conducts complex fieldwork to collect samples and survey data of Delmarva fox squirrels. - Participates in preparation of technical reports under guidance of supervisor. - Processes biological samples and maintains databases. - May direct the work of lower-level seasonal staff or volunteers. - Communicates with the general public, landowners, contractors and vendors. - Provides field (e.g., controlled sampling) and/or laboratory support to professional staff involved in wildlife research. - Must be able to demonstrate responsibility, dependability, and good communication skills. - Other duties as assigned. • 37.5-hour Schedule: Schedule may vary. • Evenings/Weekends/Holidays as scheduled. • Occasionally up to 40 hr./week. Position continues to at least the end of August with likely option to continue longer.
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas: - Six months experience in conducting field work to collect samples and survey data. - Six months experience in math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, or decimals. - Six months experience in applying laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures. - Six months experience in narrative report writing. - Knowledge of using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data. - Experience with ArcGIS software and related field applications helpful. - Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving). This posting may be closed on or before 4/09/23 upon filling the vacant position(s). For more detailed position information and to apply, please visit the website link provided on this page.
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Holly Niederriter
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