Research Technician - LTE
The Department of Natural Resources is hiring four (4) LTE Research Technicians to assist with the Southwest Deer and Predator Research Project!
This position will be responsible for capturing and collaring white-tailed deer for the Southwest Deer and Predator Research Project for WDNR. Research technicians will be the primary Department staff accomplishing field work for this project. This will consist of capturing, collaring, and chemically immobilizing white-tailed deer. This position will also perform biological data collection on captured deer, including tooth extraction, blood draws, and tissue biopsies. Other primary duties include prepping capture sites, maintaining vehicles and equipment used for deer capture, conducting CWD sampling, and performing mortality site investigations.
65% A. Fawn and Adult Deer Capture and Handling
A1. Determining and prepping sites for deer capture
A2. Maintaining trap lines and drop net sites
A3. Maintaining vehicles and equipment used for deer research
A4. Capturing, chemically immobilizing, conducting biopsies, and collaring white-tailed deer
35% B. Other Research Needs
B1. CWD sampling
B2. Interacting with hunters who have harvested collared deer; collecting data from harvested deer
B3. Maintaining positive relations with landowners and volunteers
B4. Other duties as assigned
Housing will be provided.
Applicants should have academic or professional training in wildlife ecology. Must be willing to work long hours in the field, performing physically strenuous tasks in the outdoors in adverse weather conditions, including extreme cold, heat, and biting insects. Must have prior experience in off-road driving 4-wheel drive vehicles, ATVs, and UTVs and using trailers. Required qualifications also include an enthusiasm for outdoor work with wildlife, reading maps and navigating with GPS, demonstrating organizational, oral, and written communication skills, be detail-oriented, and have an ability to follow study protocols and carefully record data. Driver's license required.
Highly qualified applicants will have previous experience with wildlife chemical immobilization and handling, particularly large mammals. Desired skills also include prior experience using radio telemetry to locate marked animals, and an ability to cooperate and collaborate with others to accomplish a shared goal. Experience using trail cameras is also preferred.
Application Deadline: September 22, 2019
To Apply: Submit resume, cover letter and references to:
Wesley R Ellarson
1500 N Johns Street
Dodgeville, WI 53533
RE: Job Code 13422
Application materials will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for both research technician positions 13422 and 13423.