Elk Research Technician-Tennessee

University of Tennessee
North Cumberland WMA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$1500 a month plus housing
Last Date to Apply
The Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee is seeking multiple highly motivated technicians to assist with elk research in the Cumberland Gap. Successful applicants will work with University of Tennessee faculty, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency staff, and graduate students to study elk population density, disease ecology, and genetic variability. Primary duties include, but are not limited to, capturing and collaring elk, collecting and sampling fecal pellets from transects, investigating mortalities, and data entry. The position will start in January and last through April. Applicants must be willing to work long and flexible hours in variable weather while maintaining a positive attitude. Field housing will be provided.
-Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biology, or a related field -Previous experience capturing and radio-collaring elk or other large mammals -Experience and training using chemical immobilization -Ability to work as a team and communicate respectfully with all stakeholders -Must be comfortable drawing blood and participating in field necropsies -Ability to adhere to protocols and instructions accurately and efficiently -Experience using wildlife research equipment including hand-held GPS units, trail cameras, and telemetry -Valid US driver’s license and ability to drive university vehicles long distances in mountainous terrain -Must be willing to work early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and in inclement weather Applicants in good physical shape with the ability to lift heavy objects and hike long distances in rough, uneven terrain are preferred Please include a cover letter, resume or CV, and three professional references (including at least one fieldwork supervisor) in your application materials and submit a single PDF to Katherine Kurth and Eryn Watson at utk.elk.research@gmail.com. Please save the file as “Last Name_First Name_Elk Technician” and put “Elk Technician Application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Contact Person
Katherine Kurth and Eryn Watson
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