The University of Delaware is searching for 4 technicians to assist with eastern wild turkey research in Sussex County, Delaware from November 2018 thru March 2019. One technician will start 11/28/2018 and the remaining three will start 1/2/2019 (dates flexible). Responsibilities will include 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 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 person that has little prior field experience is also encouraged to apply, but will need to illustrate a passion for upland game birds or field work in their application. A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required. A background check will be performed upon selection.
To apply send a COVER LETTER, RESUME, and contact information for THREE REFERENCES to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.