Field Technicians (3), Ecology and Habitat Use of Wild Turkeys

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Prairie Research Institute
Central and south-central Illinois
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$13-$17 per hour DOE
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Positions for 3 technicians to assist with research on the behavior and habitat use of wild turkeys in Illinois are available with a tentative start date on or around January 10th, 2023. One position will have an end date of June 30th, 2023, with the other 2 positions ending March 31st 2023 (although these 2 shorter-term positions could be extended by 1-3 months if there is a need and successful applicants are interested). Primary responsibilities for all positions will include trapping, radio-tagging, and tracking wild turkeys and remotely downloading data from their transmitters. Additional responsibilities for the position that runs through June 2023 will change throughout the season and include but are not limited to: evaluating data for incubation activity, assessing nest fate, conducting vegetation surveys, nocturnal bird surveys, conducting camera trapping surveys for mesocarnivores, data entry, and contacting private landowners to obtain access for research activities.
The research is being conducted in close collaboration with scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and scientists and land managers at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. All candidates must have completed a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology, Natural Resources, Zoology, or a related field. An interest in wildlife ecology and conservation, the ability to work independently and as a team member, willingness to work early mornings and possibly weekends, ability to lift 50 lb bags (corn), drive 4x4 trucks, and the capability to conduct field work under adverse conditions, are necessary. It is expected that applicants are capable of occasionally walking several miles in a given day carrying packs of equipment over uneven terrain. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and will be required to pass a standard background check. The details for the positions are as follows: Technicians - Preferred applicants will have some previous experience in radio-telemetry and handling wildlife (particularly turkeys), and will be proficient with computer programs (GIS, Google products, Office products), and handheld GPS units. Candidates for the six-month position will be expected to begin work on or around January 10th, 2023 and the position will tentatively end June 30th, 2023, with the possibility of extension depending on funding. Candidates for the three-month positions will be expected to begin work on or around January 10th, 2023 and the positions will tentatively end March 31st, 2023. Salary Range - Techs $13 - $17 per hour depending on experience. Housing and field vehicles provided. Shared housing will be located near Shelbyville, Illinois approximately 0.5 to 1 hour away from field sites. To apply: Submit by November 30th, 2022 a single PDF (Save as: your last name_first name.pdf) that includes: 1) a letter detailing your interest, qualifications for the position, and availability for the position of interest, 2) curriculum vitae 3) names and contact information for three references (direct supervisors ONLY) to Dr. Jeff Hoover at Please indicate which position you would prefer: three or six month position. Applications will be evaluated in the order received, and the positions will be filled immediately as suitable candidates are found. Applicants not selected will be notified after positions have been filled.
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Dr. Jeff Hoover
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