MSIM Wildlife Survey Technician – Iowa

Iowa State University
Boone, IA or Iowa City, IA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$11-$13/hr DOE
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
2 seasonal biological technicians are needed immediately to help with Iowa’s Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring (MSIM) program, a biodiversity survey program focused on Iowa’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need in 10 taxonomic group that has been operating continuously since 2006. Applicants will work as part of a research and monitoring team to collect vital information on birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and mussels on public and private lands throughout Iowa. Specific job duties include (but are not limited to) bird surveys using visual and auditory cues, identifying, handling, and marking small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish, maintaining a variety of traps for small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish, conducting surveys for and handling butterflies and odonates, identifying and measuring plant species, data entry, and assisting with other tasks as needed. Field work for these positions will be conducted throughout the state with significant travel and some overnight travel a possibility. We are currently seeking applicants for openings on crews based out of Boone, IA and Iowa City, IA. Applicants must have the physical ability to work long hours outdoors, walk long distances, carry field equipment in rough terrain, and wade through water.
Positions are temporary, full-time (maximum of 40 hours/week) lasting until 15 October 2017 (3 months). Salary is $10-13/hr dependent on qualifications and experience. Housing is not provided and technicians are expected to arrange their own housing. No overtime will be provided. Vehicles will be provided for work-related travel.
Applicants should be graduated from, currently enrolled in, or on break between semesters of college with a degree in (or pursuing a degree in) wildlife ecology, biology, or a closely related natural resource field. Qualified applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, have a strong work ethic, be able to travel overnight for work-related duties, and be able to work during diverse weather conditions and on weekends, holidays, nights, and evenings as required. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess a valid driver’s license, and pass an ISU motor vehicle check to be able to drive a state vehicle as a condition of employment. Preferred qualifications include possessing a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology, biology or a related field, and experience with at least one taxonomic group (mammals, birds, herptiles, fish, mussels, odonates, butterflies, or plants). Review of applications may begin before the posting close date. To apply submit via email (as a single document) a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references to Kevin Murphy ( Please include “Iowa MSIM Project” in the email subject line with your application materials. Review of applications will begin immediately.
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Kevin Murphy
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