The Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab at Southern Illinois University is hiring an experienced field technician for a project studying the efficacy of raccoon removal and the prevalence and distribution of pathogens in northern Illinois raccoons, during February-August 2023. Field duties will include driving to various northern Illinois study sites, setting up camera traps (involves hiking while carrying heavy equipment), weekly maintenance of camera traps (battery replacement, exchanging SD cards, etc.), performing raccoon necropsies, collecting tissue samples, examining intestinal tracts for parasites and other related tasks. Office-related duties will include data entry, uploading photos, and photo-tagging images from camera traps. Salary is $13/hour and housing is included.
To be considered for this position, applicants must have applicable field experience, data entry experience, be comfortable hiking in grasslands, and have or be working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management, Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or a related field. Candidates must also have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record, strong communication skills, a strong work ethic with ability to work independently as well as part of a research team, and be comfortable with working long, irregular hours in all midwestern weather conditions (cold winters and humid summers). Candidates should have a recent rabies vaccination or rabies booster to ensure sufficient titers. Attention to detail is mandatory given the quantity of data collected.
To apply, send an email containing your CV/resume, a brief cover letter describing your interest in the project and relevant experience, and contact information for three references to Ashley McDonald AND Jennifer Schultze (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com). Please write “Research Technician” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until November 27, 2022 or until the position is filled.