Field Technician – Survival and Reproduction of Eastern Wild Turkeys in Northeastern South Dakota

West Virginia University
Grant County, South Dakota
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Commensurate with experience. Housing provided.
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The School of Natural Resources at West Virginia University is seeking a field technician to assist a graduate student with Masters research evaluating eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) survival and reproductive ecology in northeastern South Dakota. Field work will take place in Grant County, South Dakota primarily on privately owned property. Primary responsibilities include locating wild turkey hens via radio-telemetry, nest & brood monitoring, vegetation surveys, and communicating with private landowners to secure land access permissions. Candidates that have prior radio-telemetry experience, or are familiar with wild turkey ecology, will be given preference. The project is a collaborative effort with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. The position will begin on April 1, 2018 and last through August 2018. Housing is provided in Stockholm, SD and will be shared with another technician and the Masters student. Transportation will be provided to conduct research activities.
Competitive candidates will be expected to: (1) have previous field experience working with avian wildlife species, (2) have previous experience with radio-telemetry and wildlife tracking, (3) have strong interpersonal skills as daily interactions with landowners, hunters, state agency personnel, farmers, and other stakeholders will occur, (4) navigate using maps as well as GPS. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record. The research technician must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and possess a strong work ethic and excellent organizational skills. The technician must work effectively as part of a research team and be able to maintain a positive attitude despite challenging field conditions. The research technician must be able to work in remote locations, often independently, and conduct field work that is often strenuous. Applicants must be able to work long hours, including early mornings and late evenings, outdoors and under adverse weather conditions. We will begin reviewing applications November 27, 2017 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Interested individuals should send a cover letter (explaining interest, experience, and qualifications for the project), a CV/resumé, and contact information for 3 professional references (combined into a single PDF file) to Reina Tyl at
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