Mule Deer and White-Tailed Deer Technicians: Kansas

Kansas State University
Western Kansas (Norton/Scott Counties)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$1800- 2000 (DOE) per month + Housing
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 began 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. Technicians will help monitor adult deer, vaginal implant transmitters (VITs), and fawns with VHF telemetry. Additionally, technicians will capture neonates, conduct vegetation sampling, and investigate adult and fawn mortalities. Technicians will receive hands-on experience handling neonates; however, the majority of the work will involve radio-telemetry and vegetation sampling. We plan on hiring four temporary technicians to assist graduate students with summer research. Housing with internet and work trucks will be provided in both study areas. The technicians will be salary based and the position will run from May 1st until August/September 2018. Two efficient technicians may have the opportunity to stay on the project up to 1.5 additional years pending funding. As with most wildlife jobs, certain times of the season (e.g. fawning) will be field intensive and most likely will require >40 hours a week and time off may be limited.
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 deer and fawns). Proficient use of work trucks, ATVs, 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 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 talk to private landowners 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 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 yourself, why are you interested in this project, how your experiences and qualifications align with the aforementioned criteria, what qualifications or skills you are not proficient at, how long you might be available to stay, and potential career goals. Please submit job applications or any questions to both: Mitchell Kern and Maureen Kinlan
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Mitchell Kern
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