The University of Delaware is searching for a lead technician to assist with eastern wild turkey research in Sussex County, Delaware from November 2018 thru March 2019. This position will start 11/28/2018 (dates flexible). Responsibilities will include leading capture events, capturing, marking, and monitoring turkeys; radio telemetry, maintaining and storing research equipment, using rocket nets for capture, and using 4-wheel drive vehicles. This project will involve early mornings and possible late nights handling birds in variable field conditions, including the potential for very cold weather. This project will also mostly be done on private land, so it is likely that you will have to interact with landowners, hunters, and farmers. A work vehicle and shared housing (with wifi) will be provided (no pets allowed). Use of a personal vehicle with mileage compensation may be required infrequently.
Applicants should have a strong interest in wildlife management and have a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates with substantial prior field experience capturing and handling wild animals, and that possess the ability to identify and determine sex and age of wild turkeys by sight. Preference will also be given to candidates with experience using rocket nets and placing backpack style transmitters on birds. Applicants should be able to work independently and as part of a team. A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required. A background check will be performed upon selection.
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