Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer Technicians: Kansas State University

Kansas State University
Scott County, KS and Norton County, KS
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
1800-2000 per month
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
A three-year study conducted by Kansas State University (KSU) and the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism started in February 2018 focusing on white-tailed deer and mule deer ecology in western Kansas. The main goal of the study will be assessing survival, habitat selection, and movement patterns within and between the two species. We plan to hire two technicians to take over the data collection at the field sites over the fall and winter. The technicians will be salary based and the position will run from August 1 until May 1, 2018. With a 90 day probationary period. The opportunity to stay on the project up to 2 additional years pending funding exists as well. As with most wildlife jobs, certain times of the season will be field intensive and most likely will require >40 hours a week and time off may be limited. Technicians will monitor adult deer, and fawns with VHF telemetry. Additionally, technicians will conduct vegetation sampling, and investigate adult and fawn mortalities. The potential to assist with spotlighting, and other surveys exists as well. The majority of the work in the fall will involve radio-telemetry and vegetation sampling. If the technician position is extended, the selected applicant will assist in adult helicopter capture in February and fawn capture in the spring. The tech would also assist in training new technicians in all of the duties. Housing with internet will be provided in both study areas.
Education/Field Experience: Preferred applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree directly related to wildlife or closely related field and at least one season of deer or vegetation related field work experience. Related Work Skills: We prefer applicants with some combination of experience conducting vegetation sampling (familiarity with Kansas flora is a plus), utilizing ground-based telemetry techniques, and handling large mammals (especially adult deer and/or neonates). Proficient use of hand held GPS units, work trucks, ATV's, and the ability to efficiently enter data are all a plus. Applicants must have a valid and current driver’s license. Technicians can expect to independently work long hours, weekends, and potentially some irregular hours filled with inclement weather (extreme temperatures and lots of wind), insects, etc. Applicants must have a positive personality, a strong work ethic, and a flexible mindset. Potential candidates should be detail oriented, organized, and have sufficient oral, written, and communication skills. Ability to enter data accurately, and professionally speak with, and contact private landowners regarding the project is a must. Capability to follow research protocols is key and flexibility to work with a variety of personnel including graduate students, professors, biologists, and undergraduate students is required. There also may be the possibility to lead volunteers or interns periodically. Applicants must be comfortable working independently and in groups. Physical Requirements Applicants must be physically able to hike for several hours a day, in rocky and unstable terrain, and carry 50 pounds. To Apply: In a single document (Word or PDF) please include a cover letter, your resume/CV, and three professional references. For the cover letter, (in one page or less) please describe why are you interested in this project, how your experiences and qualifications align with the aforementioned criteria, how long you are available to stay, and future career goals. Please submit job applications or any questions to: Mitchell Kern and Maureen Kinlan
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Maureen Kinlan and Mitchell Kern
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